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Bird party in the Gambia! - 11 Days

Bird party in the Gambia!

This 11-day birding tour will take you to the Gambia.  This tiny, friendly West African gem has long been a favourite with birders, and with good reason. As the gleaming Gambia River bends gently inland to form its welcoming ‘grin’, it provides access to teeming habitats ranging from coastal creeks to mangrove swamps to freshwater lakes, with species-rich Sahelian scrubland in between.

Day 1
The Coast (4 nights)

Tanji Bird Reserve is made up of mangroves, dry woodland, vegetated dunes and coastal lagoons. With this range of habitats it’s no wonder that over 300 bird species have been recorded here. Exploring from our eco-lodge accommodation within the park, we’ll hope to see Black-headed heron, White-fronted Plover, Caspian and Royal Tern, and Grey-headed and Slender-billed Gulls.

The coastal town of Tanji offers culture and wildlife spectacles combined, with superb up-close views of sea- and shore-birds fighting over fish discards at the lively local fish market, where fisherman barter loudly over the catch of the day from their colourfully-painted wooden fishing boats.

Tiny Abuko Nature Reserve was The Gambia’s first protected area and is a veritable treasure chest of natural riches. Among the oil palms and Anthocleista, hardwoods such as mahogany and African teak remain unharmed.

Amongst them live vervet, red colobus and patas monkeys, not to mention a stunning array of birds such as Green and Violet Turacoes, African Paradise Flycatchers, Palm Nut Vultures and Giant Kingfishers. In the pools lurk Nile and Dwarf Crocodiles.

Day 2
Tendaba Safari Camp (4 nights)

The dense red and black mangrove swamps and mollusc-rich muddy banks of the Bao BolongRiver are protected under the Ramsar convention from the northern border of The Gambia right to its scenic estuarine culmination where it joins the Gambia River.

From our base at Tendaba Safari camp on the opposite shore, we will explore the reserve’s mysterious steamy creeks by boat, getting us up close to avian A-listers such as African Finfoot, African Blue Flycatcher, Malachite, Pied and Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, African Darter and Spur-winged Plover as well as experiencing the prehistoric sounds (and smells!) of Egret and Cormorant colonies.

Hides around the watering holes of Kiang West National Park will bring us up to close to Laughing Doves, Black-billed Wood Dove and maybe even wintering European Turtle Doves. They can also bring views of some of the park’s mammalian residents such as Bushbucks, Warthogs, and with extreme luck some of the parks reclusive wildcats – Serval, Caracal, or even Leopard.

Day 3
Janjanbureh and around (2 nights)

Further inland, amongst Sahelian scrub and savannah grasslands, we’ll meet a whole host of other bird species. Flowering and fruiting trees, such as Pterocarpus erinaceus, red acacia and the iconic baobab, provide a real focal point for wildlife. Here we’ll look for Bearded Barbet, Exclamatory Paradise Whyda, White-fronted Black-chat, White-throated, Little, Blue-cheeked, Red-throated and Northern Carmine Bee-eater. We’ll also search for the enigmatic Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, one of the most long-lived of all birds. At dusk we may be lucky enough to see Senegal and Spotted Thick-knees and Long-tailed and Standard-winged-Nightjars.

For lovers of raptors, simply looking up will bring a constant stream of delights. The diversity of raptor species in The Gambia is truly phenomenal, with over sixty birds of prey including spectacular creatures like Bateleur, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Shikra, African Harrier Hawk, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, and even possible Pel’s Fishing Owl to name just a few.

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What is included?

  • price includes all accommodation, meals, guiding, transportation, taxes and entrances but excludes flights.

What is not included?

  • Items of a personal nature

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Why book with Inglorious Bustards?

We love birds and wildlife! But even more than that we love making sure you see it, experience it and have a fantastic time to boot. Between us we have a vast experience in nature conservation, ecology, tour leading and the hospitality industry, and we’ll use it to bring you fantastic wildlife spectacles alongside chilled-out birding and local culture and food. All our team fulfil these criteria: - Are professional naturalists with expertise and training in their speciality fields. - Demonstrate active conservation work both through tours and independently. - Have a proven track record of inspiring a love of the natural world through all generations. - Great no fuss problem-solvers where required, and always ensure the enjoyment and safety of our groups. - Have an exceptional background in the country they are leading in. - Are fully insured and compliant with the Travel and Tour regulations. - Patient, always helpful and inspiring teachers.

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