Chimp Rehabilitation Project

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The Gambia  |  Kudang

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A visit to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project Camp is an unforgettable experience and provides a chance to see more of the real Gambia and its wildlife.



Our Expert Opinion

"Observing wild chimps is a unique and fantastic experience that will stay with you forever - well worth the journey and the steps at the camp!"

- Joyce, Resort Manager 

 

What we love

  • The chimps of course – it’s an incredible opportunity to see these amazing creatures living free on their islands.
  • Star-gazing at night and listening to the sounds of Africa all around you.

 

Good to know

  • There are a number of steps leading from the tents down to the river and restaurant, also a few between tents and shared toilets, so a good level of fitness is required – it can also be very hot.

 

Gambian wildlife at its best

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.

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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.

 

Rooms

Board Basis

 

Camp Facilities

  • Waterhouse for meals and relaxation
  • 4 tents with shaded terrace and sunbeds
  • No mains electricity or air-conditioning

Tent Facilities

  • Twin beds with mosquito nets
  • Outside private shower (with water tank heated by the sun so cooler in the mornings)
  • Composting toilet (short distance from tents, shared between 2 tents)

Activities

  • Afternoon chimp viewing boat trips (included)
  • Village and Environmental Educational Centre visit (included)
  • Morning ‘little Africa’ boat trip into the creeks with stop to climb to a viewpoint (included for 3 night stays, optional at an additional charge for shorter stays)
  • Other tailormade trips can be discussed and arranged for a local charge
  • For included excursions you may wish to tip your guides, generally at the end of your stay, along with an appreciation of other camp staff

Cuisine Information

Meals are freshly prepared, using produce from local villages where possible. Due to the location away from tourist areas, they are fairly simple with limited choice but are of a good quality and nicely presented.  Fresh tropical fruit and vegetables are used as much as possible.

​Location

  • Beach: N/A
  • Restaurants: On site
  • Transfers: 4 hours 30 minutes

Extra things to note

The journey to the camp is largely along a tarmac road, with the last 30 minutes’ drive being along an unmade track which enables you to see local villages and the changing landscapes of The Gambia. Transportation is by either air-conditioned 4WD or minibus for the 4-5 hour drive.

There is no mains electricity, so dining is by candlelight, and solar-powered lanterns are provided for you at night. We would recommend taking a torch and wearing covered shoes. It is hot during the day with cooler nights during the winter, getting hotter from March onwards. The tents are built to remain as cool as possible, while mosquito nets cover the beds within.

Please note that children under the age of 13 are not permitted at the camp. It is not recommended for those with walking difficulties and, due to the limited number of tents, singles are unfortunately not permitted unless by special arrangement.

Rooms at Chimp Rehabilitation Project

Safari Tent

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 13  

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About the Local Area (Kudang)

Kudang is the closest sizeable village on the main road approximately 9 miles from the Camp and access to the islands of the River Gambia National Park.  However, there is little here for tourists to visit.  It is located roughly 270km inland from the coastal resorts and a further 40 minutes drive will bring you to Janjanbureh, formally known as Georgetown with its links to slave trading.