A fantastic opportunity to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat, this unique conservation project began in 1979, and today is home to over 100 chimps. The chimps live on three islands, which are located around 270km inland from the coast, deep in the heart of the River Gambia National Park.
Open to visitors for four days each week, the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation project offers simple, twin-bedded safari tents on raised platforms, all of which boast astounding views of the national park. Enjoy freshly prepared food in the Waterhouse below whilst you soak up the sights and sounds of the river, gallery forest, and the main event – the wildlife.
Seeing the chimps and other wildlife
The highlight of a stay here will be the daily two-hour boat trips around the islands, where you'll witness the daily activities of the chimps, hippos, crocodiles and array of birds who reside by the river. Although the chimps do fend for themselves, due to the growing population, their food supply is supplemented on the island riverbanks every other day which is the best time for viewings, although it's unusual not to see them during each boat trip. Access to the islands for guests is prohibited.
There are several other activities available such as night walks to see bush babies and morning birdwatching talks and nature walks - often at no additional cost (although you may choose to tip the local guides).
Supporting local villages
The Chimp Rehab Project works closely with the local villages; for example, by setting up garden projects which can also be visited at certain times of year; or why not drop in at the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust?
Amenities at the camp
The camp has four twin-bedded safari tents which are large enough to allow you to stand and move around. These are situated on elevated platforms high above the riverbank, reached via many steps, with fantastic views. As an eco-camp, the tents are comfortable but basic with a hand basin, outside shower and composting toilet shared between two tents, located a short distance away. A separate, flushing toilet is available close to the riverside Waterhouse below, where all meals are taken. The twin beds are surrounded by mosquito nets and towels are provided. Sunbeds on the outside terrace allow you to relax during the day and listen to the sounds of nature around you. Each morning hot water will be delivered to your tent for a cup of tea or coffee before breakfast.
Adding the Chimp Rehab Project to your holiday
We recommend 2 to 3-night stays, and the camp is closed to tourists on certain days (currently Monday to Wednesday inclusive). Any combination of hotels is possible; however, we suggest combining with another property in our Unique Collection or taking our Wildlife of The Gambia and Senegal tour.
As this is a working conservation project, the chimps are the priority which is why the camp is closed three days each week to allow the team to focus on the animals. Monies received from visitors to the camp are mostly reinvested for the care and welfare of the chimps, with a percentage going to government conservation programmes, as well as being used to support other associated project work that the staff undertake.
Please feel free to speak to our expert staff if you require further details about the journey or the camp itself, and view our photo gallery of the camp and tented accommodation to ensure it suits your needs.