Wildlife holidays in Tunisia
Tell me about Tunisia …
Tunisia is close to Europe both geographically and culturally, and offers a stability that has not always been assured by its neighbours. It offers a microcosm of all things North African yet, in the north, the rugged green hills and valleys clothed in vineyards, oak woodlands, and tidy towns and villages have a European style and a landscape similar to that of neighbouring southern Italy, Sardinia and Corsica.
It boasts some spectacular scenery, from the great sand dunes of the Sahara, to wetlands, woodlands and savannah areas, and these diverse habitats are carefully protected by a well managed system of national parks.
Our Tunisia specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Tunisia’ tour is a 9-day spring birdwatching holiday to the wetlands, savannahs and deserts of a scenic and varied North African land. We also have the opportunity to see rare desert mammals such as the Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx."Andy Tucker
Further to the south, in the Gulf of Gabes, lie the estuarine mudflats and islands more reminiscent of the south coast of England than of Mediterranean North Africa. Inland of the Gulf sits a remnant of that scenic savannah landscape that was once so widespread across pre-Saharan Africa, and where even this century large game roamed, stalked by such predators as Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. To the south, beyond a rocky and dramatic terrain, are the great golden sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental, the northernmost vanguard of the creeping Sahara.
Whats special about its wildlife?
For the naturalist, it is Tunisias bird life which is particularly interesting, as well as some specialist desert mammals such as the Fennec Fox. The eastern lakes are teeming with interesting bird life and Lake Ichkeul has an especially rich avifauna.
Naturetrek tour to Tunisia
Naturetreks spring bird watching holiday visits the countrys wetlands, savannahs and deserts in search of birds and some larger mammals.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Tunisia HOLIDAYS
It was a nice mixture of ruins and birds, and all the guides were excellent. Sonia, the local guide was super, and the two Naturetrek guides were amongst the best I have ever had. Their knowledge was great and they really tried to get everyone on the birds. They also had a great sense of humour, were really approachable, and were good at chivvying us along nicely and keeping us together, as a large group tends to become dispersed. When I saw the size of the group, I was worried that it was too large, but with these two, and the way they ran it, there was no problem. The open terrain helped the large group too - could not do this in a forest! I would be more than happy to go on a trip with these two guides again, and if you could tell me which other trips they run, together or singly, I would consider them. They really made a super trip, and some nice sightings, that without their knowledge, I would have missed. It was a super trip! Thanks!
A splendid holiday. Geoff, Amina and Heidi, our driver, were all ace. The group was friendly and relaxed, the number of birds seen incredible and I liked the chance to look into some of Tunisia's historic sites, especially when Subalpine Warblers (a new tick for me) and a sleeping Little Owl appeared at the ruins of Kerkouane. The cranes, flamingoes and storks were spectacular. I saw a real undisputed male Garganey for the first time and Moussiere's Redstarts did their thing at Cap Bon (I fell in love with them in Morocco). Plenty of larks, wheatears and desert sparrows - almost everything one could wish for.
Andy excelled all expectations this year and was diplomatic, efficient, and extremely patient. He always made sure every member of the group could see the birds in his scope, if at all possible. Many of us will long remember him running across the desert towards a brown-necked raven! His enthusiasm is boundless and very infectious! Sandy his co-helper was a very positive presence in the group - she was lively, caring and a delightful companion. The local agent Hosseins organisation of our stay in the desert was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday - our 3rd with Naturetrek - thank you to all your staff who contributed to its success.