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Theme Park Guy Rating: 22
Date Visited:
December 11, 2010


Tunisia can pride itself on a remarkably well-designed theme park within one of its worst tourist ghettos, Yasmin Hammamet, one hour drive from its capital Tunis. That's the good news. The bad news is that behind the colossal entry gate with its grandiose elephant statues there are... only two water rides. And some carousels. And some monkeys. That's it.

While the log flume ride feels a bit like a downgraded, wet version of Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain, the river rafting ride is the ugly little brother of Jungle Cruise. As a theme park lover you won't find anything worth remembering. As a North African there will be much to be excited about, since there is nothing else like this on the whole continent apart from in South Africa. The entry price, though, plays a bit hard on local pockets.

Opposite the Carthageland gate, another ride asks for extra-payment, the 'Barberousse' dark ride, modeled after Pirates of the Caribbean. While the two wet-inducers inside Carthageland are still somehow entertaining, this one is a genuine flop.

Is it worth the trip to Tunisia? The answer is: Yes if you're coming from Algeria, No if you're coming from Italy! Is it worth the entry price? Yes if you are a bored tourist, but seriously No if you had to save for it.

Welcome Welcome

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Carthageland Carthageland

Tourist ghetto map Tourist ghetto map

Elephants at the entrance Elephants at the entrance

The impressive entrance gate The impressive entrance gate

Mountainous flume ride Mountainous flume ride

Flume ride indoor life Flume ride indoor life

Final splash! Final splash!

Final splash, the second Final splash, the second

River rapids ride River rapids ride

Indoor Jungle Cruise Indoor Jungle Cruise

Animatronics (that hardly move) Animatronics (that hardly move)

The old elephant trick! The old elephant trick!

Rrrr! Rrrr!

Employee on the left, gorillas on the right Employee on the left, gorillas on the right

Swingboat Swingboat

Rides for kids Rides for kids

Carthageland Tunisia Carthageland Tunisia

Water slides, closed during winter Water slides, closed during winter

The 'Barberousse' Dark Ride The 'Barberousse' Dark Ride

Barberousse boats Barberousse boats

Start into the pirate-themed adventure... Start into the pirate-themed adventure...

...featuring heart-warming scenes like this one. ...featuring heart-warming scenes like this one.