Birding Gambia & Senegal Safaris
This leisurely paced 14-day Gambia Birdwatching Extended Tour is available as a set departure or on request. This adventure through Gambia and Senegal is designed for birders who are looking to add to their list of lifers or just want to get close enough to take that perfect photograph, offering the opportunity to see more than 350 species of bird. The diversity of birdlife you will encounter includes Sahelian species from the north, such as White and Savele's Bustards, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Speckle Fronted Weavers, as well as forest species from the south such as Green and Violet Turacos.
This Gambia birdwatching tour begins on the coastline, which includes a variety of habitats such as savanna woodland, lagoons and community and gallery forests. Travelling further up the country allow you to explore both north and south banks of the River Gambia. We spend two nights at Boabab Island Lodge, one of the top bird-friendly lodges on the coast. Marakissa River Camp is great for photographers as it sits on the bank of a magnificent creek.
"I have visited the Gambia three times in the last five years, on each occasion using Gambia Birding Tours to organise my stay in the country and guide me around. I can thoroughly recommend them, both for their professionalism and for their birding and wildlife skills. I would like to single out for praise Karanta Camara, who is an example for other Gambian guides to follow. He possesses all the skills I need in a guide: a comprehensive knowledge of his country's birdlife, a keen eye for a good photograph and thoroughly professional attitude. He combines these attributes with an easy-going and accommodating manner and a passion for conservation." - Paul Sterry
This Gambia birdwatching tour also stops at Tendaba Camp near Kiang West National Park, and you can tour Baobolong Wetlands by boat looking for Martial Eagles, otters, West African crocodiles, warthogs and breeding colonies of White-breasted Cormorands. On the north bank of the Gambia River, we spend a few nights at Morgan Kunda Lodge in Jajari Village, one of the best sites for birding. Our visit will include the Giron Woods and Jammansari/Kathmandu Woods.
We'll also cross the border into Senegal and drive to Kaolac and Kousemar to see one of the best roosting spots for Swallow-tailed Kites, which can be seen in their tens of thousands on top of the trees as we approach their island in small canoes.
Returning to Gambia, we continue to Georgetown, where we'll explore the Gambia's freshwater region, including a boat journey in search of hippos, chimpanzees and birds such as Finfoots, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles and Pel Fishing Owls.
We tour through Basse in Senegal's southern region and on to Wassadu Camp, where we take a boat trip and then go on a safari at Niokolo Koba Park, where you may see leopards, roan antelopes, warthogs and lions, as well as Egyptian and White-Crowned Plovers, Adamawa Turtle Doves and White-Throated Franklins. The return trip of our Gambia birdwatching expedition includes a night in Georgetown and Tendaba Camp, followed by a tour through the Kampanti rice fields.
Throughout this Gambia and Senegal birding tour you will be accompanied by experienced guides who can advise on the best locations to find specific species on your list, as well as offering expert tips on taking professional photographs.
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.
Gambia Birdwatching Extended Tour highlights include:
- The opportunity to observe more then 360 bird species across both Gambia and Senegal
- A chance to also enjoy the varied wildlife of the region, including lions, leopards, hippos, warthogs, apes, monkeys and crocodiles
- A varied itinerary that visits a number of habitats such as wetlands, river banks, forests, savannahs and rice fields
- Experienced guides who can tailer your trip to seek out specific species on your list, as well as give expert advice on viewing locations and photography
Like the look of this tour but want to see what else is on offer? Have a look at our Essential Gambia Bird Tour.
Alternative Tour Name: 14-day Birding and Wildlife Tour of Gambia and Senegal