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Wildlife Holidays in The Gambia

Affectionately known as the’ Smiling Coast of West Africa’, the Republic of The Gambia is a tiny country that packs a mighty avian punch, being home to more than 570 species! A kaleidoscope of colour awaits you on arrival, with parrots, turacos, rollers, bush-shrikes, sunbirds and bee-eaters all vying for your attention, and raptors including Black Kite, Palm-nut Vulture and Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle soaring overhead. Accessed via a direct flight from the UK, and with no time difference, The Gambia is an easily accessible country that offers a combination of superlative bird watching and a warm sunny climate.

Naturetrek Tours to The Gambia

Between November and April each year we offer monthly departures of our week-long ‘Gambia in Style’ holiday, based at the Mandina Lodges, set in the peaceful Makasutu Forest and bordering the secluded mangrove-lined tributary of the Gambia River. In addition, each October we offer a 12-day ‘bargain birding’ holiday which begins and ends on the coast, and in between visits 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
  • African Golden Oriole, White-throated and Little Bee-Eaters, Violet Turaco, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bearded Barbet
  • On our ‘bargain birding’ tour, the highlight is likely to be the chance to see the handsome Egyptian Plover

Our Specialist Recommends

"Our ‘Gambia in Style’ holiday is a relaxing week where we enjoy morning and afternoon excursions on foot and by boat, plus two longer day trips to explore further afield, all from a tranquil and relaxing base. I particularly love Mandina’s Floating Lodges, and the chance to watch for Giant Kingfishers from the comfort of your bed!"

Operations Manager - Kerrie Porteous

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