Everyone knows about the ancient artifacts and cultural history which can be found abundantly in Tunisia, but not as many people realize that the state is also a prime location for water sports.
That conclusion is obvious, however, once you take a look at Tunisia, a North African country sitting on the Mediterranean, where the beaches are beautiful and plentiful, featuring sparkling sand, clear waters and a lot of sunshine.
Water sports such as sailing, surfing and diving have long been favorite activities for those vacationing in the country. Increasingly, this also includes the sport of whitewater rafting.
Whitewater rafting is not a sport for the feint-hearted. Participants are basically seated on an inflatable raft, provided with oars and then pushed into tumultuous, quick-moving waters. The water generally has to be crashing and moving enough to be frothy and white, hence the name “white water” rafting. As you might imagine, it can be dangerous. Many people are thrown from the raft, so safety equipment is always required and no one who isn’t a strong swimmer should consider it.
However, for many fans of whitewater rafting, in Tunisia and elsewhere, the hazard is part of the thrill. Some compare the experience to riding a roller coaster.
If you are vacationing in Tunisia and plan on whitewater rafting, you should make sure you bring (or rent) the right equipment. Some commercial enterprises in the country provide everything that you need for a fee: this includes the raft, the oars, life jackets and sometimes, head gear. If you go on a private trip, you may need to provide everything yourself, so you should consult a travel guide to figure out which option makes more economical sense.
If you are planning on traveling to Tunisia for its water sports, including whitewater rafting, you should pay attention to where, geographically, you are arriving and where you make your reservations. This is because parts of the country, particularly the north-eastern sections, are near the ocean and feature bright, friendly, sunny locations, while areas in the southwest are more likely have desert-like conditions. Again, consulting a travel guide may be the easiest way to make sure you are where you want to be.
It may surprise people to learn that Tunisia is as much a vacation resort country as it is a point of ancient history, but once they experience it, they never forget.