Kayaking at Tanji Bird Reserve

Updated on Dec 18, 2018 by Stacey Parsons

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Explore the waterways at Tanji Bird Reserve aboard a kayak or canoe, spotting numerous bird species as you go.

Switch the ocean waves for the flowing river tributaries and explore The Gambia away from the beach... 


Tanji Bird Reserve is a fantastic place to go if you're in search of some of the destination's 540+ species of bird, but even if you're not the biggest birding enthusiast, this is still a beautiful part of the country to uncover.

This memorable excursion will see you explore some of the area's highlights, giving you the chance to get up close to nature.

It's an early start in time to see the sun rise over the the waterways. You can either relax in a canoe with your guide paddling, or opt to take a kayak out and make the journey under your own steam following close to your guide. For photographers, the canoe is the better option and there'll be plenty to photograph along the mangrove-lined tributaries at Tanji Creek, with your guide helping you spot the abundance of birdlife and, if you're lucky, see local fishermen casting their nets, all before making a little stop in a clearing for some brunch and refreshments. 


Before hopping back in your canoe, there's a second part to the morning where your guide will take you out on a forest walk to see what other wildlife you can discover. You'll be out exploring for around an hour (basic toilet facilities are available), before looping back to the clearing where you'll board your canoes once more and leisurely head back to Tanji. 


This is a fantastic day out for wildlife lovers and those who want to discover the natural beauty of The Gambia away from its picturesque beaches. You can find out more about this day out, along with our variety of other excursions and experiences here


Kathryn, from our Marketing Department, recently joined this excursion.

"We had such a fabulous morning. It was well worth getting up early to catch the sunrise and enjoy a leisurely paddle along the water ways before the heat of the day. It's my favourite excursion to date. The creek is narrower than others I've been along so you get much closer to the bird life with plenty of great opportunities for photography. We saw over 40 different species of birds".


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