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 can arrange half day and full day birding trips with Malick at a cost of £39pp for a half day and £69pp for a full day (based on 2 people) which will involve visits to a variety of habitats, utilising all his local knowledge to help seek out the rarest and the most colourful species. Here is what some recent delighted customers have to say about him:
Malick Suso –field guide extraordinaire:
"The Gambia is one of the best places in Africa to go birdwatching, and to get out into the field with the legendary guide Malick Suso is an experience I’ll never forget. A really inspiring day hiking in the bush with plenty to see and never a dull moment. Malick is simply the best."
"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."
General Birdwatching Opportunities
There is an abundance of birdlife in and around the hotels so, even if you have just a passing interest, don't forget to pack your binoculars. Below are some of the hotels we believe give you the best opportunity to enjoy what Gambia has to offer without straying too far, but this list is by no means exclusive.
For those with a more keen interest we work with a number of specialist companies, as well as offering our own highly recommended tours led by TV presenter Chris Packham. These include Naturetrek, who offer a few different options including a 7 night stay at Mandina Lodges, and Limosa Holidays who can be contacted directly for further details of departure dates and itineraries.
From 21st - 25th October 2016, there will be a Birding Festival held in The Gambia, organised by the Gambian Tourism Board. The main goal of the event is to promote rural tourism development as well support the conservation of birds and their habitats. This event will be hosted in the heart of the countryside close to the country’s prime birding locations.The bird festival will feature a wide variety of birding activities, birding field trips, lectures/presentations/workshops, outdoor and inside activities including an exhibition and a farewell Gala Dinner.