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
The leader went out of his way to make this a great experience, and to ensure that everyone in the group had every opportunity to see and do the things important to them. The desert was my main object...we were very fortunate in the great number of birds and animals we saw here.
A very enjoyable trip, and a good introduction to Tunisia and its different habitats and bird life. By travelling around the country and visiting the wetlands, grasslands, hillside and desert we managed to see many birds and a good selection of mammals and other wildlife. Time put aside to visit El Jem, the Mosaic Museum, Kelibia Fortress and Carthage all added variety to the trip, and were worthwhile stops. The tour leader Andy Smith was excellent, his ability to locate and identify birds from the briefest glimpse never failed to impress! He always made sure all the group saw the birds, and that everyone was included...his all round leadership was impressive. Andys enthusiasm spread amongst the group and a good team spirit formed. My thanks to all the Naturetrek staff involved in organising and running the tour - I had a wonderful time and will travel with you again!
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.