BIRDWATCHING HOLIDAYS

The Gambia provides some amazing opportunities for birdwatching. It has over 540 species and everything is in relatively close proximity, meaning you don’t have to travel far to see some amazing things – you’ll even find a whole host of exotic species in your hotel gardens. So whether you’re a first timer, a keen amateur or an enthusiast looking for particular species we guarantee you’ll find something to inspire you...

Chris Packham

Chris Packham has been leading birdwatching tours to The Gambia for us for many years now, along with his preferred guide, Malick Suso, and is a massive advocate for The Gambia, both as a holiday destination in its own right and as a supreme birdwatcher's paradise.

An Introduction From Chris Packham

The Gambia is an ornithological nirvana, with 170 species regularly seen in three leisurely days birding on the coast alone, and four hundred more waiting to be discovered further afield. Exotic species such as Rollers, Kingfishers and Bee eaters are spangled spectacles whilst the dynamic array of raptors are truly impressive. Many others are simply tamer and more easily approached than in the UK so keen photographers always return home with a few ‘trophies’!

I am still drawn by The Gambia, even after 20 years - it is only a few hours away, inexpensive, safe and very friendly. The food is fab, the sun shines and there is a great range of hotels. I find myself returning once again to the small, quiet and simply superb Bakotu Hotel. I am also once again visiting the wildlife haven that is Makasutu Forest which surrounds the beautiful lodges at Mandina with their luxurious pool, amazing food and tranquil river setting. I hope you will choose to join me in The Gambia!

Chris Packham, BBC Presenter

 
 

Tour Pricing Information

You will visit various habitats for the best chance of seeing the widest range of birds, including trips to Abuko nature reserve, walking tours of Kotu stream and the local area and a boat trip, enabling you to see water birds and the added bonus of an occasional dolphin.

With a maximum of just 17 people on each of the bird trips and 16 people on the Mandina add-on, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn from Chris' extensive knowledge but it is essential to book early. Following Chris' appearance on the BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes, this trip proves each year to be extremely popular.

Tours starting dates are showing below. Pricing is in addition to your holiday package price. Mandina pricing includes 3 nights' accommodation (based on a jungle lodge and twin occupancy). These tours can be part of a longer holiday, however participants should be based in Kotu, and ideally in Bakotu Hotel, for the duration of the tour itself.

3 Day Tour

20 Feb 2015
NOW ON SALE!
Per Person
£425

3 Day Special Tour - Mandina

24 Feb 2015
NOW ON SALE!
2 Sharing
Single Occupancy
£649pp
£1074

3 Day Tour

27 Feb 2015
NOW ON SALE!
Per Person
£425

Malick Suso tours

Malick Suso has over 20 years of experience birdwatching in The Gambia and knows the terrain and where to look for the rare species like no other. He's also been described by none other than Chris Packham as one of the very best bird watchers and guides in the whole of The Gambia. High praise indeed!

We have offered 3 day birdwatching tours led by Malick himself for the last 3 years; he has taken groups (maximum of 8 people) to a variety of habitats, utilising all his local knowledge to help seek out the rarest and the most colourful species with very positive feedback. Here is what some recent delighted customers have to say about him:

"It was not only Malick's superb knowledge and awesome skill in locating, spotting and calling up birds that made our time with him so special. In addition to this it was also his passion for sharing his understanding of the people and culture of his country as we ventured 'up river' and away from the coast. He showed great initiative and flexibility in being sensitive to our needs, to give us the trip we really wanted. We learnt a great deal and had lots of fun in the process, coming away enriched by our time with him.  He seemed to know nearly everyone and it was clear why he is liked and respected."

 
 

Tour Pricing Information

In conjunction with Malick we have put together a very interesting tour, concentrating on different areas and habitats within The Gambia and starting on a Saturday which you can incorporate into your holiday.

Over the three days you will visit a variety of habitats. At Kotu stream and the surrounding area you can see a huge variety of waders, plus a number of different kingfishers, and maybe even an elusive bittern. At Brufut Woods, helped out by local community experts you can spot the stunning white-faced scops owl and a true 'lifer' in the long-tailed nightjar. At Tanji sure you'll see all four tern species plus a whole host of other shore species and sea birds. Whilst at the nature reserve at Abuko you can see bee-eaters, African darters and hammerkops and may spot a soaring lanner falcon, riding the rolling levels.

Pricing below is in addition to your holiday package price.

3 Day Tour

15 Nov 2014
AVAILABLE
Per Person
£175

3 Day Tour

17 Jan 2015
AVAILABLE
Per Person
£175

3 Day Tour

28 Mar 2015
AVAILABLE
Per Person
£175

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Great value for money African birding trip. We would recommend The Gambia Experience for the organisation of the trip and Malick as a brilliant bird guide. In all, great value for money.

Mr Snell – Guest – Bakotu Hotel

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