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