Tunisia, the gem of North Africa, is an isle of tranquillity wedged between the turbulent countries of Algeria and Libya. Due to its strategic position, it has had its fair share of turmoil in times gone by. The Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans and French have all had their impact and contributed to a rich and varied culture. Tunisia is now one of Africa’s most wealthy and developed countries and the epitome of a progressive Arab nation. Upon arrival at Tunis, one is immediately struck by the verdance of the landscape, which teems with birds. Tunisia’s protected areas and agricultural fields support a large population of both resident species and wintering migrants.
On this Tunisia birding tour we will visit several spectacular sites, ranging from towering mountains, desert oases and vast tidal saltpans. Some of the highlight species we will be targeting are the endangered White-headed and Marbled Duck, Yelkouan Shearwater, Bonelli’s Eagle, Cream-colored Courser, Greater Hoopoe-Lark and Desert Sparrow. We will also have the opportunity to observe some really endangered North African mammals, including the spectacular Addax, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama and Dorcas Gazelle, and the hamster-like Gundi.
Obviously, we cannot ignore Tunisia’s archaeological treasures, and we will also visit several world-famous and amazing sites, including the Punic City of Carthage, the Roman Empire’s 3rd largest Coliseum, and Muslim medinas (walled cities). With comfortable accommodations, great food, friendly people, impressive antiquities and abundant birds, time spent in Tunisia could not be more pleasurable!