DAILY TIMETABLE
Unless stated otherwise all trips start at 7.00 after breakfast
Full day tours will finish at 18.00
Lunch breaks will be from 13.00 to 15.30
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All transport
For Up-country and Senegal tours only – all accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Boat trips
Park entrance fees
Cold water in an icebox is always available.

ONE WEEK BIRDING COASTAL AREAS

DAY 1. Meeting at your hotel on your day of arrival

DAY 2. Full day around Kotu Creek. The ponds, the ricefield area and the golf course.

DAY. 3 Full day. After breakfast we drive to Tujereng Woods to find the woodland species and then on to Tanji for the wading species, terns and gulls, we then take a break at the bird reserve restaurant. By 15.30 we drive on to Brufut Woods, reurning to your hotel by 18.00.

DAY 4. Another full day trip. First to Penyem and then on to Marakissa where will can take a lunch break at the river camp. We should be back at your hotel by 18.00

DAY 5. A full day trip to Bonto Forest and Farasuto Forest. Lunch break at Baobao Island (Sita Joyeh) then back to hotel by 18.00

DAY 6. After breakfast we have a short drive to Abuko Nature Reserve, then on to Lamin Lodge for a lunch break, after which we drive to Bund Road returning to your hotel by 18.00

DAY 7. A long half-day at Kartong followed by a lunch break at Sanyang Paradise Beach, returning to your hotel by 15.00.

DAY 8. Your departure.

ONE WEEK COASTAL BIRDING, WITH ONE NIGHT UP-COUNTRY

DAY 1. Meeting at your hotel on your day of arrival

DAY 2. Full day around Kotu Creek. The ponds, the ricefield area and the golf course.

DAY. 3 Full day visiting Penyem and Marakissa, with a lunch break at Marakissa River Camp returning to your hotel by 18.00.

DAY 4. Full day trip. Starting at Tujereng Woods and then on to Tanji where we will have lunch at the bird reserve restaurant. At about 15.00 we drive on to Brufut Woods, returning to the hotel by 18.00

DAY 5. This is a travel day to Tendaba Camp, a magical place!, with stops on the way at Farasuto Forest, Bamakino Forest, Kanpanti ricefield and at the Raptor Bridge. We should arrive around 18.00 for dinner. Staying the night here.

DAY 6. After breakfast we do a 3 hour boat trip across the Gambia River to Kissi and Tunku Creeks. On return we will be driving and birding back to the coast with opportunities to stop for any interesting species either perched or flying.

DAY 7. A long half-day at Abuko Nature Reserve, returning to your hotel by 13.00.

DAY 8. Your departure.

TWO WEEKS BIRDING, INCLUDING Four NIGHTS, FIVE DAYS UP-COUNTRY (GEORGETOWN AND TENDABA)

DAY 1. Meeting at your hotel on your day of arrival

DAY 2. Full day around Kotu Creek. The ponds, the ricefield area and the golf course and a lunch break at Paradise Beach

DAY 3. Full day trip. Starting at Tujereng Woods and then on to Tanji where we will have lunch at the bird reserve restaurant. Then on to Brufut Woods.

DAY 4. Full day trip. To Bonto Forest and Farasuto Forest, taking a lunch break at Sita Joyeh Island.

DAY. 5 Full day visiting Penyem and Marakissa, with a lunch break at Marakissa River Camp

DAY 6. A long half-day at Abuko Nature Reserve, returning to your hotel by 13.00.

DAY 7. An early start at 05.30, to rush to Banjul to catch the first ferry crossing to Barra on the North Bank. From there we travel East on the road to Georgetown. There will be stops along the way, namely Baobolong wetland, Ngain Sanjal (for the Bustards), Kuar wetland, Njam wetland, Panchang wetland and Nyaga-bantang wetland. We should arrive at Georgetown by 18.30 where we will spend our first night.

DAY 8. After breakfast in Georgetown we visit Bansanjg quarry for the colony of Red-throated Bee-Eaters, plus other species. Then we return to the camp for a lunch break. At about 15.30 we will drive to Kunkiling forest park for the White-backed and White-headed Vultures etc returning to the camp for dinner and a second night.

DAY 9. After breakfast in Georgetown we take a three hour boat trip on the Gambia River. Then we drive west on the South-bank back to Tendaba Camp, calling on the way at Fula Bantang (Marabou Storks),Jahally ricefields,Kudang woods and Nema Konko woods arriving around 18.00. After taking our accommodation we go looking for nightjars (notably the Standard-winged Nightjar) returning for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10. After breakfast in Tendaba Camp we drive the Bateling track to Kiang West National Park for the morning, returning to Tendaba for lunch. Later we walk the local woods before dinner and our last night up-country.

DAY 11. After breakfast we do a 3 hour boat trip across the Gambia River to Kissi and Tunku Creeks. On return we will be driving and birding back to the coast, stopping at Bamang bridge, Kanpanti ricefields for the raptors and Bamakinl Forest. We should arrive at your hotel around 18.00

DAY 12. A half-day trip to Bund road and Carmalo corner, returning to your hotel by 13.00

DAY 13. A half-day trip to Kartong, returning to your hotel by 13.00

DAY 14. A half-day trip to Bonto forest, returning to your hotel by 13.00

DAY 15. Your departure.

BIRDS to be found on the Up-Country tour.
This is a considerable list of species, but all are possible to see on this tour.
White backed, Rupell’s Griffon, European Griffon, Lappet faced and White headed Vulture, no less than 12 eagles, namely Bateleur, Martial, Tawny, Wahlberg’s, African Hawk, Ayre’s Hawk, Booted, Short-toed, Boudouin’s Snake, Brown Snake, Western banded snake and African Snake Eagle. Lanner Falcon, Red-necked Falcon, African Hobby, Grey Kestrel, Black shouldered Kite, Swallow tailed Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Long-tailed Hawk, Common Buzzard, Red-necked Buzzard, Grasshopper Buzzard, Bat Hawk, Gabor Goshawk, Dark chanting Goshawk, Black bellied Bustard, Saville’s Bustard, White bellied Bustard, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Four banded Sandgrouse, Temminck’s Courser, Bronze winged Courser, Little Button Quail, Singing Bush Lark, Chestnut backed Sparrow Lark, Flappet Lark, Spotted Thick-knee, Little Green, Red-throated and Carmine Bee-Eaters, Marabou Stork, Black Stork, White Stork, Woolly necked Stork, Goliath Heron, Black crowned Crane, Hadada Ibis, White crested Tiger Bittern, African Finfoot, African Pygmy Goose, Knob-billed Duck, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Egyptian Plover, Kitlitz’s Plover, Kentish Plover, Quail Plover, Collared Pratincole, European Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar, Long-tailed Nightjar, Shining blue Kingfisher, Little Green Woodpecker, Black Coucal, Blue Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chested bellied Starling, Green-winged Pytilia, Red-winged Pytilia, Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, Mottled Spinetail, Northern Anteater Chat, Black Scrub Robin, Rufus Scrub Robin, Cinnamon breasted Bunting, Brown rumped Bunting, Bush Petronia, Sudan Golden Sparrow, Red winged Pytilia, Green winged Pytilia, Yellow Penduline Tit, White rumped Seed Eater, Crestnut crowned Sparrow Weaver, Yellow backed Weaver, Red winged Warbler, Mouse brown Sunbird, also Queleas, Swallows, Swifts, Rollersand Cisticolas.


TWO WEEKS BIRDING, INCLUDING FOUR NIGHTS, FIVE DAYS
UP-COUNTRY (GEORGETOWN AND TENDABA) & THREE NIGHTS IN SOUTH-EAST SENEGAL.

This tour includes seven days birding around the Coastal Area of The Gambia.

Four nights, five days Up-Country based on Tendaba Camp and Georgetown.

Three nights in Senegal in the Niokolo-Koba National Park. This is a huge protected area. The Gambia river runs through it, and you can expect to see some of Africa’s well known animals. E.g. Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Water Monitor, Monkeys and Baboons.


SENEGAL BIRDS
To be found in the NIOKOLO-KOBA National Park

Saddle billed, White, Black and Yellow billed Storks, Glossy and Hadada Ibis, Black crowned Crane, White crowned and Egyptian Plover, African Finfoot, Bateleur, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lappet Faced, White Headed and White-backed Vultures, Common and Red Necked Buzzard, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk,
Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-throated Francolin, Shining blue Kingfisher, Common, Pallid and Alpine Swift, Southern Grey Shrike, European Roller, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow shouldered Widow-bird, Grey’s Malimbe, African Pied Wagtail, Mali Firefinch, Brown rumped, House and Cinnamon breasted Bunting, Crimson Seed Cracker, Rufus Scrub Robin, River Prinia, Yellow rumped Tinkerbird, Dybowski Twinspot, Red headed Weaver, Pale Flycatcher, Olive green Camaroptera, Green Hylia, Leaflove and Marabou Stork.