(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name.)
....Birding the Gambia - by Martin Adlam.
....Birdwatching in the Gambia - The Gambia truly deserves its
....Birding the Gambia - by Nigel Blake. This photo essay provides an
....Africa's Paradise for Birdwatchers - a trip report by Dirk
....Bird watching in the Gambia - The Gambia is a great place to visit,
....Trip Report: the Gambia - 28th November to 12th December 2003, by
....Trip Report:The Gambia. During the first weeks of January 2003
....Trip Report: The Gambia, January 17 - 24, 2003 - by Dave Ferguson,
....Trip Report: The Gambia with Birdseekers, Friday 6th - Friday 13th
....Trip Report: The Gambia, by Willy Aelvoet and Gerard Mornie. This
....Trip Report: The Gambia, October 27 - November 3, 1999 by
....Trip Reports from the Gambia Part of John Girdley's trip report
....Trip Report: Gambia - November 18 - December 2, 1997. This
....Trip Report: The Gambia (West Africa) November 15-27, 1997
....Trip Report: Gambia, March 16-23, 1998 - Stephen Poley
....Trip Report: The Gambia, November 1-8, 1998 - by Gruff Dodd.
....Trip Report: The Gambia, October 27 - November 3, 1999. By
....Trip Report: The Gambia Friday 6th – Friday 13th Dec 2002. A
....Trip Report: The Gambia, December 1-15, 2000. By Howard Orridge.
country too. Hiring guides would therefore increase our overall tally of species and hopefully help to make our holiday a little more enjoyable by taking some of the "hit and miss" element out of the trip.
....Trip Report: The Gambia - December 19th 2000 - January 2nd 2001
....Trip Report: The Gambia - An independent birding trip,
....Trip Report: Coastal Gambia, January 15, 2004. By Ian Stewart.
....Trip Report: The Gambia: November 16th - December 3rd 2004, by
....Trip Report: The Gambia - March 7th-21st 2002, by G. W. Allison
....Additional Gambia Trip Reports - are avaiable from John Girdley's
Factoids taken from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.
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**..Gambia with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT). The Gambia is a
.... "At Kotu, on the coast, visiting birders are soon tracked down by
... .Bird Safari Camp - Deep in the Gambian bush, this idyllic location
... .While not eco-lodges, here is a rundown on Gambian hotels
"Some time ago I asked for general advice regarding hotels in The Gambia with particular reference to their suitability for a "softie birder". I received a number of replies together with one or two requests to pass on whatever information I received. This is my attempted summary.
Atlantic - probably offers the best birding opportunities and also the base from which Clive Barlow operates. Just as an hotel, however, there is very little else around and it is a little too close to Banjul.
Bakotu - offers good
birding opportunities but suffers from a very
Kombo Beach - worth a try with a couple of good sites nearby.
Senegambia - the most recommended by far. A little aged but with good facilities providing that you remember where you are. It is situated in 10+ acres of gardens which have been designed to attract birds and this alone has a species list of 120. There are recommendation that first floor rooms are the best and that ground floor are preferable. Probably pot luck. You can happily bird from your balcony or alternatively sit around in the gardens and tick away to your hearts content. In addition the Bijilo forest is only 5 minutes walk away.
Guided birding tours can be organised from the hotel and these appear to be worthwhile although a little variable in quality. It appears that it is worthwhile to secure the services of a guide, provided that he knows his birds.
Generally there would appear to be some hassling from local guides and boys anxious to show you monkeys etc. and expecting a tip in return. They are always friendly albeit insistent and are only trying to make a living. Be equally friendly and courteous and no problems should ensue. Taxi drivers can be very predatory in their approach to prices and you should insist upon agreeing the price of any journey in advance. Taxis are generally expensive and you should consider the use of bush-taxis if you have a guide with you.
On the basis of this advice coupled with a discussion at the Gambia stand at the BBWF I have now booked a week in May next year at the Senegambia and look forward to it eagerly. Many thanks to all who gave their advice. "
(endemics are printed in bold italic)
|___ Lesser Kestrel|
Other Speciality and Spectacular Birds in Gambia
(adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.)
|___ Abyssinian Roller
___ Black-crowned Crane
___ Blue-bellied Roller
___ Blue-breasted Kingfisher
|___ Chestnut-bellied Starling
___ Egyptian Plover
___ Oriole Warbler
___ Pied-wing Swallow
|___ Red-throated Bee-eater
___ Senegal Thick-knee
___ Swallow-tailed Bee-eater