National Parks

The country boasts eight national parks, and 16 natural reserves located around the country, each hosting interesting nature and wildlife. The parks and reserves cover about 7% of Tunisia’s land area. The coastline of Tunisia also enjoys whale and dolphin watching.

Chaambi National Park
Chambi park is about 3 hours south of Tunis, and 15km west of Kasserine city. This city is famous for the WWII battles. The park protects Jebel Chambi, Tunisia’s highest mountain which is often snow-capped in the winter months. The park is largely covered with pine forest, and some interesting animals such as: gazelles, hyenas, foxes, Barbary partridges, and Barbary.

Bouhedma National Park
Bouhedma park is probably Tunisia’s premier national park, located 85km east of Gafsa. The area is about 16.000 hectares of acacia forest and protects the last vestiges of the Tunisian savannah that once formed a belt across the top of the Sahara. There are also some animals reintroduced such as the addax, maned, mammals and the mouflon.

Jbil National Park
Jbil park is located about 40km south of Ben Guerdane, and about 4-5 hours drive south of Gafsa, the last 2-3 of which are along a pretty rugged track, so an 4WD is advised. The park covers about 150.000 hectares, so it’s the largest national park in Tunisia. The area is divided in 4000 h of tabular solid mass of Jebil, 18.200 ha of Saharan course and, the remainder belongs to the Great Eastern Erg.

Boukornine National Park
Boukornine park is located in the South-west, about 18 km from Tunis. of the This national park is home to twenty five species of animal and bird life including the mongoose, boar, jackal, barn owls and booted eagles. The park is a great place to take a walk, soak up the natural beauty and see what animals you can spot as you explore the area.

El Feidja National Park
The National park of El Feïdja is located at the extreme North-West of Tunisia, 49 km in the North-West of Jendouba, It’s home to a wide selection of bird species.

Ichkeul National Park
Ichkeul park is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1980, located in northern Tunisia. The total area covers around 12,600 hectare, encompasses lake Ichkeul of 8500 hectare, and another 2700 hectares of marshland. From the visitors centre you have spectacular views making it not only an ideal paradise for birds but also for bird watchers. The park contains important natural habitats as an essential wintering site for western Palaearctic birds. Each winter, the property provides shelter to an exceptional density of water fowl with, in certain years, numbers reaching more than 300,000 ducks, geese and coots at the same time This lake is a paradise for birds and bird watchers.

Sidi Toui National Park
Sidi Park sits on the Sahara Desert border, its located about 20 km of the North-western border of Libya. The park is made of a mountainous solid mass of altitudes varying between 45 and 172 meters, of steppes and dune formations . The park covers an area of about 6300 hectares of arid plains and dunes, and it is home to over more than twenty animal species including wild cats, fox, gazelles and desert lizards.

Zembra National Park
Zembra is a rocky island located in the gulf of Tunis, and about 15km of the Cap Bon coast. The island is home to more than 266 plant species and some smaller animals including the wild rabbi, and birds.