One day tours
All tours mentioned below include transportation, entry fee to all the birdwatching parks we visit, lunch, cold drinks and water, canoe trips, upcountry accommodations and guiding fee.
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This tour is suitable for nature lovers and birdwatchers who wish to experience the country’s rural life. It also offers the chance to spot the last remaining wildlife in the River Gambia National Park. The park, which is located on the north Bank of the country, consists of five beautiful forested islands. It can be reached from the Kuntaur wharf.
This is another birding site with many beautiful birds along its length and has provided many birders with new species for their life list. These include: African Sliver bill, Little bee-eater, African Jacana, Grey Heron, Whiteface Whistling Duck, Long-tail Cormorant, Sacred Ibis, White-bill Buffalo Weaver, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Long-tail Nightjar, Woodland Kingfisher, Northern Black Flycatcher, Village Indigo Bird and many more.
This an area of salt marsh, mangroves and open water salt. Large expanses of mud are exposed, and many waders can easily be seen from the road. It’s an excellent place to see birds at low tide.
Species you may see here include: Yellow wagtail, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Yellow Crown Bishop, Blue checked Bee-eater, Little Bee-eater, Blue-bellied Roller, Senegal Parrot, Red Bishop, Gull Bill Tern, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Pied kingfisher and many more.
Bund Road has been known as a birding spot for birdwatchers. This road is adjacent to a large expanse of thick mud that is exposed at low and can see many birds.
Species include± Greater Flamingo, Caspian Tern, Lesser-crested Tern, Yellow-billed Stork, Pomarine Skua, Yellow-crown Bishop, Black-headed Gull, Ring Plovers, Great White Pelican, Splendid and Beautiful Sunbird, Pied Avocet and many more.
Brufut woods is protected by WABSA with the collaboration of the Brufut community, and this place is a favourite of birdwatcher. It is quite an open area of woodland where it is easy to observe birds.
Expected species are as follows: Greater Honey Guide, Lesser Honey Guide, Yellow-bill Coucal, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Northern White-faced Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Swallow-tail Bee-eater, Striped Kingfisher, Green Fruit Pigeon, Bruces Fruit Pigeon, Yellow Throated Leaflove and many more.
This community forest is suited to the eastern part of The Gambia and is 35km from the Hotel area. This is a gallery forest of new mangroves with freshwater pools and farmlands. In here, species expected to be seen are as follows: Breeding white back night Heron, Green Crombec, African Goshawk, Ahanta Francolin, White-spotted Fluff tail, Violet Barbet, Giant Kingfisher, Pigmy Kingfisher, Violet Turaco and many more.
Fajara Golf Course
This is also a perfect birding spot. There is a range of habitats, from open area scrubs and a few patches of woodland. The course lies alongside the Kotu stream, which passes beneath the Kotu Bridge’s road before emptying into the sea. Kotu stream is nearly one of the first places birders visit in the Gambia. The Birds expected to be seen as follows: Spur wing plover, Black-headed plover, Green Kingfisher, Red-chested swallow, Wire-tail swallow, Palm Swift, Little Swift, Yellow-crown Gonolek, Black listed roller, Oriole Warbler, Beautiful Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Black-crown night heron and many more.
Kotu Pond is an open sewage pit. The pits are separated from the rind, surrounded by open woodland, and can be reached along a sandy track. The birds seen at the pond are amazing and can be reached at a close distance. The species that can be seen are as follows: White Face, Whistling Duck, Wood Sandpiper, Black Crake, African Jacana, Little Grebe, Marsh Sandpiper, Ring Plover and many more.
This is one of the places where you may stay and get a close view of the birds. You can hire a boat to explore the mangroves that make up the Tanbi wetlands. Some of the Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Gull-billed Tern, African Darter, Osprey, Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill and many more
Abuko Nature reserve
This is the first protected park in the The Gambia purely to conserve its wildlife. This habitat is one of the rarest in the Gambia and is extremely rich in biodiversity with many hundreds of species of plants, insects, fungi, trees and invertebrates living in and beneath its tall leafy canopy. However, not all of the the reserve is gallery forest, and as you travel away from the banks of the stream, the forest gradually thins much drier, eventually changing into Guinea Savannah. Although a gallery forest is still a good habitat for birds and wildlife. Birds to be seen here are as follows: Giant Kingfisher, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Yellow breasted Apalis, Green Turaco, Violet Turaco, Pigmy Kingfisher, Ahanta Francolin, Green Hylia, Collard Sunbird, White Crown Robin-Chat, Snowy Crown Robin-Chat and more.
Faraba Bantang Bush Track
It is a sandy bush track which runs through a variety of habitats, including cultivation areas, farmlands, savannah and woodland. Among others you may find Yellow-billed Shrike.
Kartong Sand Mine
This is located to the south of the Gambia river. This area attract lot of birdwatchers coming all over the world. After the sand is excavated holes are left which are allowed to fill up naturally with rain and ground water. Over time vegetation has established itself around the edges of these huge artificially formed pools. As they are some of the only fresh water pools in the area a very rich avifauna has grown up around them. Along with the coastal scrub, which is also very rich in bird life. The birds expected to see are as follows: Pigmy Goose, Painted Snipe, Curlew, Black Crake, European Spoonbill, Great Snipe, Spotted Red Shank and many more.
This is a village located five kilometres south of Brikama and six kilometres from the border with Senegal. This forest is a 1000 acre reserve and on of the finest eco-tourism areas in the Gambia. It lies near the town of Brikama. It is to be found on the banks of the tranquil Manding Bolon. (Bolony is the mandinko name for river). The Marakissa River Camp is with good accommodation and restaurant good place to see birds in comfort. There is a number of different habitats such as woodland, rice fields, swamp, scrub and water lily ponds.
Makasutu Culture Forest
Makasutu is a Mandinka word: 'Maka' is Islam's holy place of Mecca, and 'Sutu' means forest, which translates to 'holy forest'. The forest is a 1000 acre reserve and one of the finest eco-tourism areas in the Gambia. It lies near the town of Brikama. It is to be found on the banks of the tranquil Manding Bolon. (Bolony is the mandinko name for river).
The whole area encompasses many different eco-systems and habitats so it is home to many species of birds and butterflies as well as: monkeys, Baboons, Monitor Lizards, Nile Crocodiles. The word Makasutu means holy forest. And you able to see very colorful birds namely: Blue-bellied Roller, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Red-bill Firefinch and many more.
Pirang Forest National Park
Pirang Bonto Forest is the best and most impressive example of gallery forest in The Gambia. It is a small isolated forest, surrounded by a variety of habitats including extensive salt flats, mangroves and reed grasses (Phragmites parkia) stands to the north, vegetable gardens to the west, agricultural land to the east and south and a small community of people in the south east. Even in the middle of the day the high gallery forest remains relatively cool and peaceful. It is protected by the local community as a preserve for the practice of traditional community ceremonies and rites. Most of the shrubs and many trees are used in traditional medicine as local knowledge in the village about herbal remedies goes back many years. The combination of well-preserved forest and a wide range of habitats nearby means that bird species can be seen. This includes many forest specialists with limited distributions including White-spotted Flufftail, African Wood Owl, Western Little Sparrowhawk, Great Sparrowhawk, Ahanta Francolin, Green Turaco, Yellowbill, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Little Greenbul, Swamp Palm Greenbul, Leaflove, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Green Hylia, Collared Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Western Bluebill and Brown-necked Parrot. It is also the only site in The Gambia for Puvel’s Illadopsis.