Overview

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 tour we will visit several spectacular sites, ranging from towering mountains, desert oases and vast tidal saltpans. Some of the highlight species 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 get 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. We cannot ignore the archaeological treasures of Tunisia, and we will also visit several world-famous sites, from 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!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
White-headed & Marbled Duck, Yelkouan Shearwater, Bonelli’s Eagle, Cream-colored Courser, Greater Hoopoe-Lark & Desert Sparrow, Western Swamphen, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Calandra, Thick-billed, Desert, Temminck’s & Thekla Lark, Rock Pipit, Southern Grey Shrike, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Blue Tit, Moussier’s Redstart, Barbary Falcon, Ring Ouzel, Barbary Partridge, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Red Kite, Little Crake, Water Rail, Bluethroat, Black-bellied, Spotted, Crowned & Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Egyptian & Red-necked Nightjar, African Desert, Spectacled, Tristram's & Sardinian Warbler, Fulvous Babbler, Houbara Bustard (now very rare), Cream-colored Courser, Eurasian Dotterel, Mourning & Red-rumped Wheatear, Brown-necked Raven.
Top Mammals
Addax, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dorcas and Dama Gazelle, Common Gundi, Fennec Fox,
Habitats Covered
agricultural fields, pelagic, olive groves, desert, saltworks, mudflats, wetlands
Expected Climate
hot to very hot during the day, plumetting to below freeezing at night
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
very relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Other Attractions
Punic City of Carthage, El Jem - the Roman Empire’s 3rd largest Coliseum, Bedouin-style tented camp, Muslim medinas, Sanctuary of Tanit, Antonine Baths
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

David Hoddinott was an excellent leader. It was obvious he had devoted a lot of preparation time studying the birds and learning their vocalizations. I was very impressed with his knowledge. I’d love to go on another tour with him some day.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

MN

I look forward to another RBT tour...you can never go on too many RBT tours.

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