Compared to other African countries, Tunisia's roads are not all bad. There are some points where highways can be found even though there aren´t very many. What you will find are narrow tarmac roads linking major cities. To access villages or smaller towns the roads are usually dirt tracks. What you always do find is a lot of traffic. The cars and trucks arefairly old and full of luggage, people etc. What this means is that accidents are common and you will usually see one while traveling from one city to another. The good thing about Tunisian roads are the spectacular landscapes. It is very common for roads run through empty stretches where all you see is a vast horizon of sand and a few trees. Nor is it difficult to find animals of all kinds, so I advise that you keep an eye out so as not to miss out on these unique experiences which will happen when you least expect it. As for the roads in major cities like El Jem, they are increasingly paved, but there is still an incredible amount of chaos. Aside from everyone driving as they please, you will also see crazy scenarios such as a van carrying a load twice its size or trucks that you cannot believe are still circulating.