Bird watching in The Gambia varies on the season and our expert Guides will take you to the best spots for whichever time of year you’re in the country.
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Bird Watchers Association Tours
2 day, 1 night tour
Early pick up from your hotel, Banjul ferry crossing by foot to avoid delays and pick up the other side making your way along North Bank Road to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, stopping at birding sights before arriving for lunch at Morgan Kunda Lodges in Jarjari Village. You can expect to see the Hawk Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard, Ground Hornbills, Storks, Pygmy Sunbirds, Sparrow Larks, Chestnut Bellied Sand Grouses and many more different species.
In the afternoon, you will start birding around the area of the Lodges towards the Border with Senegal to see more exotic species like Brown Snake, Bowdoin Snake, African Hawk Eagles, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Spectacle Fronted Weavers, Bronze Wing Coursers, Bustards and many more.
Return to the lodges for dinner and settle into your room for the evening or take advantage of the viewing platform located within Morgan Kunda Lodges overlooking the wetland reserve.
Early pick up from the lodges, making your way along the North Bank of hidden Gambia for key bird watching sights for the Egyptian Plover at Kaur Wetland and Bee Eaters at Wassu.
After lunch, you head back to Barra for the ferry crossing.
3 day, 2 night tour
This tour adds an extra full day to explore the hidden birding sites in the North and includes bird watching by boat through the Mangrove Forests of the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve before crossing the river to Tendaba and returning to your hotel along the South Bank.
2 nights – Northern Gambia with Solomon Jallow
You’ll experience a new and untouched birding route as you take a boat trip across the Gambia river to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve. Staying at the Morgan Kunda Lodges, Jarjari village (adjacent to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve), with bird watching on foot direct from the Lodge. Drive from Jarjari via the North Bank road to Kaur wetland with afternoon birding heading to Wassu Stone Circles for the Bee Eaters. Take a look at a more detailed itinerary.
5 nights – Northern Gambia and Senegal with Solomon Jallow
Enjoy a drive through the countryside of Gambia stopping at birding sights and Njefat Island for Swallow Tailed Kite roosts. With overnight stays at hotels along the way until you reach Morgan Kunda Lodges in the Jarjari village, (adjacent to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve) with bird watching on foot direct from the Lodge. You’ll experience a new and untouched birding route as you drive along North Bank to Kaur Wetland and Wassu Stone Circles for the Bee Eaters. Take a look at a more detailed itinerary.
7 nights – Northern Gambia with Karanta Camara
You’ll experience a new and untouched birding route while staying at the Morgan Kunda Lodges, Jarjari village (adjacent to the Baobolong Wetland Reserve), with bird watching on foot direct from the Lodge. From Abuko Nature Reserve head to Morgan Kunda Lodges via North Bank taking a series of stops including Rice Fields, Katchang Woods, Jeron Woods and then cross to South Bank via Tendaba going through Bateling Bush Track towards the coast stoping at Kampanti Rice Field, the best Raptor cottage and Bamakuno Forest. You will also stop at the Farasutu Community Forest and Brufut Woods, plus Penyem Woods and Tanji Bird Reserve, see some coastal sea birds and stop at Tujereng Woods also. Take a look at a more detailed itinerary including the list of birds you can see.
10 nights – Northern Gambia with Karanta Camara
You’ll experience a new and untouched birding route while staying at Morgan Kunda Lodges in the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, with bird watching on foot direct from the Lodge. Starting at Kotu you’ll move onto Abuko Nature Reserve and Mandinaba Wetland, Farasutu Forest, Bamako Forest, Kampanti Rice Field, Raptor cottage and onto Tendaba via Kiang West National Park. You’ll cross the river to North Bank via Katchang Woods and onto Morgan Kunda Lodges in the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, including Jeron Woods a new birding site. Proceeding to Kunkilling Forest, Jahally Rice Field and Dalaba Waterhole. Later in the week you will also experience a trip through the North Bank to Banjul, Abuko Nature Reserve, Tambi Wetland Reserve and Brufut Woods. Plus Farasutu Community Forest, Bonto Forest some of the best sights when looking for Owls and Nightjars. Finally a stop at Penyem Community Forest and Marakissa Woods. Take a look at a more detailed itinerary including the list of birds you can see.
Ninki Nanka Encounters
January 17th to 24th 2019, The Gambia
Ninki Nanka Encounters opens up the secrets of the lesser-known Gambia, as told by the river itself. Share in the magic of our nature, our people, our culture and our history. Come away knowing you have made a positive difference to both your life and the lives of others. Take a look at the detailed itinerary.
We are a small, new Gambian social enterprise running community-based trips and educational programs along the River Gambia, and working towards the responsible development of the Ninki Nanka Trail as a tourist destination. The stories of the Ninki Nanka dragon being an important part of local folklore which we aim to nurture. Our trips and way of doing business are designed to create inspiring, cultural interaction between tourists and local people, and use tourism to create livelihood opportunities for host communities. Join us for the launch of Ninki Nanka Encounters first official river trip…