Wildlife Holiday & Birding in The Gambia
This 7-day Gambia Birding Holiday is leisurely paced and available on request. Whether you are seeking unusual kinds of birds and animals, we can give the best of services at an unbeatable price with knowledgeable and committed bird guides easily available in the field that he loved deeply.
"Great birding trip in Gambia with Karanta Camara as our guide. We were searching in particular for Sahel specialities in the eastern part of The Gambia and Karanta really delivered on finding our targets. He is great company in the field with sharp eyes and ears and knows where all the relevant species are to be found. Karanta was very thoughtful and always had a Plan B, which allowed great flexibility in our itinerary. We can thoroughly recommend Karanta for any birding requirements in Gambia." - Paul Ashley
This Gambia birding holiday begins near the coast and visits a variety of habitats such as savannah grasslands, lagoons, gallery forests, riverine stretches, rice paddy fields and active farmlands. Kotu Creek is notable for its migratory birds and Common Green and Common Red Shanks, Pelicans, Oriol Warblers, White Crown Robin-Chats and Malachite, Blue Breasted, Pied and Gaint Kingfishers.
Brufut woodland, Tanji Bird Reserve, Kachuma Woods and Gunjur community forest are just a few of the sanctuaries you'll visit along the coast. These are a hub for migrant species including the Carmine Bee-eater, Wryneck, Common and Painted Snipe, Osprey, Beaudouin's Snake Eagle and Four Banded Sandgrouse.
On the fourth day, we will begin our trek upcountry, passing through the Kampanti rice fields, which are a perfect habitat for Martial Eagles, Bateleur Eagles, African Harrier Hawks and other birds of prey. We'll travel between Sankandi and Jifarong Woods, then continue to Tendaba camp, where we'll visit Kiang West National Park and drive along a bush trail in search of Brown Rumped Buntings, Brubru Shrikes, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, Warthogs, Yellow Penduline Tits and Black-faced Firefinches.
Crossing to the Northern Region over Gambia Bridge, we arrive at Morgan Kunda Lodge, home to African Silverbills, Black Rumped Waxbills, Pygmy Sunbirds and Bruce's Green Pigeons. White-Faced Black Chats, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Speckled-fronted Weavers, Chesnut Crown Sparrow Weavers and Savile's, Black-bellied and White-bellied Bustards can be expected to be seen at Konteh Kunda Woods, Tallia Wood, Katchang Wood and Baobolong Wetland.
This Gambia birding holiday continues north to Georgetown, stopping along the way at Wassu Sand mining site and its breeding colony of Red-throated Bee-eaters, Pin-tailed Whydahs and Bronze-winged Coursers. In Georgetown, we take a boat journey to Kunkilling Forest in search of Adamawa Turtle Doves, African Finfoots, hippos, baboons and Red Colobus and Green Velvet Monkeys.
After two nights, we head back through South Bank to Bansang Quarry, another common site for Red-throated Bee-Eaters. Still, on the South Bank, we'll stop at the Dalaba waterhole, Jahaly Rice Fields and Bumar Rice Fields, where we can expect to see Martial Eagles, Bateleur Eagles, Western Banded Snake Eagles and Yellow White Eyes. We return to the coast via Kampanti, Bullock Woods and Farasutu Forest on Baobab Island on the lookout for Standard and Long-Tailed Nightjars, Greyish Eagle Owls, Green Headed Sunbirds and African Scops Owls.
Gambia Birding Holiday highlights include:
- Visiting a wide variety of different habitats along the coast and further inland to observe some of Gambia's most uncommon and unusual bird species
- Trips to Kotu Creek, Brufut woodland, Tanji Bird Reserve, Kachuma Woods, Gunjur community forest, Tendaba camp, Kiang West National Park, Morgan Kunda Lodge, Bansang Quarry, Dalaba waterhole, Kampanti, Bullock Woods and Baobab Island
- A boat trip through Kunkilling Forest with the chance to encounter hippos, baboons and monkeys
- Expert guides on every tour to advise on finding birds on your list and offer tips on the best photography opportunities
If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you’d consider a longer trip like this Gambia Birdwatching Extended Tour.
Alternative Tour Name: 7-day Guided Birdwatching Tour of Gambia