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
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.
I've been passively waiting for an opportunity to rate my trip to Tunisia. But in short it was 'Edie's big adventure' or the trip of my lifetime. I loved every moment and regret that I probably infected everyone with a common cold I brought from the US. I tried so hard to see the birds. Some I saw very well and when I could see them again, that was best for me. I am at best a mediocre birdwatcher. All of my companions were way better than me. But I saw a lot of Tunisia. I loved it, every moment.
This trip was a very good mix of natural areas, birding and mammals. Our guide, Andy, was a world class naturalist, especially at birding...and he was an exceptional teacher. While my expectations of the trip were high, I can honestly say they were exceeded. Andy worked very hard to find birds, insects, reptiles, plants, etc. For me the Sahara Desert was the high light of the trip with its speciality birds and dazzling botanical display and diversity. Andy provided an incredible and specific overview of a country that is relatively unexplored by foreign travellers.