Tailor made birding & beach holidays to Gambia
We work with a specialist operator in Gambia to create the perfect bespoke holiday for you – Gambia is a wonderful destination for birding and natural history holidays, having one of the highest species counts in Africa! There are two tours guided by BBC’s Chris Packham for birdwatching in Gambia in 2016 – contact us for details. 01728 748209 or send an enquiry.
Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa and sits in a narrow space straddling the River Gambia wedged in the middle of Senegal. The country is less than 30 miles wide at its widest point and about 1300 km sq is covered by water. To the west is the North Atlantic Ocean with 50 miles of coastline.
Gambia is an all year round destination but a fabulous winter sun option with fantastic beaches, a wide range of accommodation and restaurants and only a 6 hour flight away. You will find a friendly, generally English speaking country, offering great value for money and an unspoilt atmosphere.
This is a fabulous destination for birding holidays with many species being found along the river which can be explored by boat and the surrounding areas on foot or by vehicle, there are around 540 species here. Join a birding group tour or a specialist departure lead by Chris Packham – contact us for availability for a variety of popular natural history & birding tours to Gambia. Tanji Bird Reserve has rustic lodging and is the perfect spot for a birding holiday, and a visit to the Chimp Rehabilitation project and Fathala Wildlife Reserve is a must for natural history enthusiasts.
Food features highly on any trip here and is generally of a very high standard with different cuisines available including Indian, Lebanese, Thai, Italian and local Gambian food. We would recommend not going all inclusive here as it’s great to eat out at the local restaurants and sample different foods – you are helping the economy that way too. Seafood obviously features highly on the menus with barracuda, captain fish, snapper and huge Atlantic prawns being very popular. There are several day trip cooking courses and home visits where you can try your hand at cooking like a local and exploring the markets.
As you travel around Gambia you will see palm-tappers making wine and monkeys jumping through the bushes. There is plenty of music and laughter here and you will often hear drums being played from your hotel. The coastal area is fairly small so most of the beach hotels are quite close together on the north west tip of the Banjul peninsula. There are golf courses, fishing boats and if you want luxury and pampering, a gorgeous range of boutique hotels and spas.
There are hotels and holidays to suit families, couples, adventurers or groups. There is plenty of choice for family friendly beach hotels. For couples try Ngala Lodge for a tranquil location, stylish accomodation and adults only or the Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest – this is slightly inland far from the towns and beach resorts – for wonderful ‘floating’ rooms along the river, a gret place for bird watching and private guides are available.
Gambia fits perfectly with neighbouring Senegal – ask me about group travel or a tailor made holiday to Gambia or Senegal.