Nick Smith, shares his first impressions of The Gambia
Blog > Nick Smith, shares his first impressions of The Gambia
Author, travel writer and photographer, Nick Smith, shares his experience of The Gambia and a twin-centre holiday combining ‘bush’ and ‘beach’.
It’s hard to believe that a ‘real’ Africa holiday could be so easy. Just a six-hour daytime flight from Gatwick and with no time difference, you arrive at teatime refreshed and ready for action.
I soon found out that The Gambia is, quite apart from being authentic Africa, paradise on earth and a real treasure house for photographers and bird watchers.
My Gambian adventure was to be a twin-centre stay, combining both ‘bush’ and ‘beach’ – and I discovered this to be a fantastic and easy way to experience the delights of this tiny country. It’s just under an hour’s transfer to the magnificent riverbank Mandina Lodges, which is tucked away in the blissful seclusion of the Makasutu Forest. It’s hard to describe the luxurious and yet quirkily rustic setting that awaits: sumptuous food and beautiful views, also the surprise of a troop of baboons as well as countless birdlife.
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 (pictures above) 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.
But for those who prefer something more akin to a beach holiday, there is also Ngala Lodge. Perched right on the Atlantic Ocean with a secluded beach, the hotel offers European-style comfort and delicious cuisine. I can only recommend that you try one, or both, unique experiences for yourself – I will certainly be back.
Visit The Gambia Experience's website to plan your own tailormade holiday in The Gambia and Senegal.
Nick’s Photo Album
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