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Wildlife holidays in The Gambia with Naturetrek
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The Gambia

Wildlife holidays in The Gambia

Tell me about The Gambia …

The Gambia offers a combination of superlative bird watching with a warm sunny climate, making it an ideal holiday destination.

Increasing numbers of European bird watchers are taking advantage of The Gambia’s unique accessibility.

With much of West Africa either in political turmoil or very expensive to visit, the tiny West African Republic of The Gambia remains an astonishing bargain for travellers and it has a friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

It’s a country worth exploring – there are many examples of fascinating African culture in the rural heart of the country, where the latest European fashions and music have little part to play in the daily life of the villages.

Our Gambia specialist recommends...

Our ‘The Gambia’ tour is a birdwatching holiday taking in the colourful birdlife of West Africa. We explore the Gambia River staying at conveniently located camps with highlight species such as the Egyptian Plover.

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2012 Birdwatching in the GambiaBirdwatching near Faracuta Forest by Ed DrewittVillage Weaver by Ed DrewittLittle Beeater by Ed DrewittHooded Vulture by Ed DrewittVillage Weaver with nest by Ed DrewittMamadou introducing Faracuta Forest by Ed DrewittMamadou calling for birdsMandina LodgeMandina LodgeAfrican Paradise Flycatcher (Dave Montrevil)Beautiful Sunbird (Dave Montrevil)Gambia - Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Dave Montrevil)Cordon-Bleu (Dave Montrevil)Dark Chanting Goshawk (Dave Montrevil)Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Dave Montrevil)

What’s special about its wildlife?

In a nutshell, its birds! The Gambia is widely recognised as an ideal country to get an introduction to the diverse & colourful bird life of the African continent

Naturetrek Tour to The Gambia

We offer a 12-day bird watching holiday to Gambia visiting a number of prime birding locations along the Gambia River.

What birds might I see?

  • The range of potential species includes huge Goliath Herons, Pink-backed Pelicans & other waterbirds
  • A splendid variety of raptors
  • Red-throated & Carmine Bee-Eaters
  • One of the highlights of any Gambia tour is a chance to see the handsome Egyptian Plover

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR The Gambia HOLIDAYS

J.H.
Edinburgh
Gambia

The success of the trip absolutely depended on Mamadou, who was outstanding in every way. Transport and driver also excellent.
We thought the balance of days out and walks and canoes trips locally was spot on. Mandina itself was great. Very easy to relax during the heat of the day but just as easy to keep yourself entertained if you wished. We had a great time not only with the wildlife but also the other tour participants. We feel the key to all these trips are the guides and Mandina's guides are brilliant. Always friendly, patient and helpful in showing you what their country has to offer. They are a real asset to the Lodge. On top of that we had our Naturetrek guide as well. Marcus is one of those rare individuals who can turn a group of strangers into friends within an hour. His enthusiasm was infectious and we learnt so much from him during the course of the week. First class!

C.K.
West Yorkshire
Gambia

I thoroughly enjoyed the Gambia trip and would particularly like to express my thanks to our guide, Mamadou, who was excellent at finding and identifying the birds and ensuring that we all had good views.