Located just 15 kilometres north of the capital city of Tunisia, the peri-urban Boukornine National Park is a renowned tourist destination. The park is brimming with magnificent scenes of landscapes dotted with orchids and wild tulips. The Bou Kornine Mountain rises some 576 metres from the sublime vegetation-covered landscapes and hovers over the spectacular sapphire waters of the Gulf of Tunisia.
The peaceful, biodiverse park is an idyllic place for cycling, walking and hiking. Visitors exploring the park are encouraged to look out for the adorable Etruscan Shrew, the world’s smallest mammal. Hiking up to the elevated viewpoints offer rewarding panoramic views of the Mediterranean’s bays and coastline.
The closest town is the coastal area of Hammam-Lif which is easily accessible from Tunis, the capital. Most international visitors fly-into Tunis and either stay in the capital or the quaint town of Hammam-Lif. The national park is ideal for families and is great for day visits from the surrounding coastal towns.
There is no accommodation inside the park, however, the town of Hammam-Lif is not too far away. There are oceanfront hotels, bed and breakfasts as well as a few apartments and self-catering accommodation options.
Most international visitors arrive in the capital city of Tunis. They can then either stay in the capital or in Hammam-Lif close to the park.
The top creature to spot in the national park is the minute Etruscan shrew, the world’s smallest mammal. Another rare animal to spot is the mountain gazelle, an antelope with uneven distribution across coastal and mountain terrain in North Africa. In total, there are 25 mammals and birds in the park.
Wildlife to spot includes jackals, wild cats, wild boars, porcupines and other small mammals. There are always reports of raptor sightings, which seem to be in abundance in the park. Barn owls and booted eagles are found throughout this diverse park. Snakes, lizards and tortoises are just a few of the reptile species to spot in Boukornine National Nature Park.
From April to November is the best time to visit the park. Temperatures are generally quite pleasant during this time, but there are times when it can get quite hot. Rainfall is limited during this time. The rainy season is best avoided if visitors want to hike.
Boukornine National Nature Park brims with beauty and boasts incredible biodiversity. It’s proximity to the coast makes it a perfect wilderness add-on to a coastal holiday. The wildflowers and abundant small wildlife make the park a perfect choice for an active nature holiday. There are several paths in the national park utilised for mountain biking, walks and trail running. Following the network of paths leads to all kinds of wildlife sightings and sweeping wilderness vistas.
The national park is also an ideal destination for families—there are all sorts of facilities to keep children entertained. There is an adventure playground and picnic area for families to enjoy.
Hammam-Lif is the closest town to the national park and is geared towards tourism. The town sits comfortably on the coast and has commanding views of the ocean. There are oceanfront hotels, bed and breakfasts and grand guest houses in the coastal town. Most accommodation options have full amenities like bars, restaurants and pools. There are travel desks available in most hotels. There are a few apartments and self-catering accommodation options close to the park.