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.
Andy Smith was outstanding as a trip leader. His organisational skills, attention to the needs of the individuals in the group, energy and enthusiasm, constant good humour and his timekeeping were all outstanding. His evident enjoyment of birds and other wildlife was contagious. Andys skills in getting us into contact with so many of the sought-after birds are of a high order. Our driver was very good at his job - safe and courteous.
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.