Arrival Banjul - Kotu Bridge - Palm Beach Hotel
After a flight of about 6 hours over mainly the desolate but impressive West Africa we land on the only airport of The Gambia, Banjul International Airport. After a drive of a good 10 km we get acquainted with Palm Beach hotel in Kotu, where we stay 2 nights. Depending on the time of arrival, we will be spotting birds at the famous Kotu Bridge, certainly good for different species of birds.
Kotu Bridge - Fajara - Boat trip Kotu River - Palm Beach Hotel
Palm Beach hotel - Kiang west National Parc - Tendaba camp
Boat trip Gambia river - Tendaba region - Tendaba camp
For those who wake up early : a particularly beautiful sunrise by the river, and masses of weavers already busy and noisy. Then a beautiful morning with a boat trip on the Gambia river, more than 2 hours of concentrated photography and maybe we spot some crocodiles. In the afternoon a tour in the surroundings of Tendaba where the birds are waiting for us. Remarkable: also here they often sit quietly even when you get very close.
Tendaba camp - hotspots in the area - Bintang bolong river camp
After a hearty breakfast via mainly the south road back to the coast. Our guide will stop many times along the way for spotting and photographing. Final destination is the beautifully situated Bintang Bolong River Lodge where you can stay and have a drink with a beautiful view on the river. It will be a drink you will never forget ! An unforgettable evening and possibly a beautiful sunset.
Bintang bolong - Brufut woods - Tanji bird reserve - Tampa Kuruba Beach Lodge
Early breakfast. Busy day. Brufut Woods and Tanji Bird Reserve are absolute toppers. We spend the night at the coast south of Banjul in Tampa Kuruba Beach Lodge in Kartong (restaurant, bar, garden, beach and free wifi).
Hotspots in the area - Kartong - Tampa Kuruba Beach Lodge
Today we explore the beautiful surroundings of Kartong, few kilometers by car, once again a lot of time for spotting and photographing.
Kartong Bird observatory - Marakissa River Camp
From Kartong, we drive to the beautiful Marakissa River camp, with its unique and peaceful location.
Mandinari River Lodge and surroundings
Mandinari Lodge, and its perfect quiet surroundings : and so hours of spotting. Undoubtedly the guide will once again provide surprising, unique sightings.
Mandinari River Lodge - Back to the airport
Just a little more time for spotting. But then, the memory cards are full anyway, drive to the airport, and then get to work with 15,000 or more photos...
Marakissa - Marakissa river camp
Marakissa River Camp - Mandinari River Lodge
After breakfast, we change Marakissa for Mandinari for our last 2 days.
The river lodge is situated in the village of Mandinari, 15 minutes from the airport and about 35 minutes from the touristy coastal area. The village has the creek mangroves on one side and the Gambia River on the other. We are in the heart of the Tambi Wetlands Nature Reserve. The shrubs and trees in this lodge are full of sunbirds.
(Black headed heron, White-faced Whistling duck, Pied kingfisher, African Jacana, Blue bellied Roller, Great White Egret, Pearl Spotted Owlet, African spoonbill, Giant Kingfisher, Splendid sunbird and many others)