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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

Vast amount of birds. Excellent Naturetrek leader - Ed gets 12 out of 10. Took time with individuals to make sure everyone was catered for both in terms of logistics and also specific interest i.e. photography. He was also very knowledgeable on birds in Gambia. Likeable chap.! Staff at Mandina Lodge gave a good level of service. Chef certainly looked after us - the food was scrumptious...felt spoilt.

P.W.
Hertfordshire
The Gambia in Style

The staff were all excellent, very friendly. Great weather, and good food. Our guides really knew the birds. Overall an excellent trip and would like to return.

J.L.
East Sussex
The Gambia in Style

I have clocked up quite a few wildlife spotting trips over the last 15 years and have to say , this was probably the most enjoyable...for several reasons: A leader jointly skilled in identification of birds and interaction with people, who allowed the local guides to run the show, only chipping in to correct any mis-id's; a well run lodge with friendly, happy staff providing tasty meals; keen local guides; facilitated by a small friendly group of clients.