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National parks

Tunisia’s national parks numbered 17 in 2015. Each national park is specific due to its geographical location, its flora and fauna, its biological diversity and its history.

Getting back to nature is always a worthwhile pursuit, and few places are more suited for a reintroduction to nature as the national parks in Tunisia. As a collection, they offer a variety of animals, climates and overall scenery so that (if visiting several) you can explore many of Mother Nature’s natural joys.

Granted, there are places in Tunisia featuring every modern convenience and pleasure, and they are worth your attention. However, there is something to be said for stepping away from manmade goods.

If your suffer, for example, from eye strain or back aches from sitting in front of a computer, you may want to explore something less technical. Of course, you may just be a fan of beauty, for Tunisia’s parks are aesthetic treasures (some of them are also world treasures, as identified by the United Nations).

It is the forest code promulgated in 1966 and revised in 1988 which constitutes the basic legal tool for the conservation of the natural environment in Tunisia and the creation of these parks.

Access to these national parks is subject to prior authorization. The request must be made to the general directorate of forests or the regional police station concerned.

The best known of the parks in Tunisia, that of Ichkeul, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.