BIRDWATCHING GROUP TRAVEL

Offering expert advice, dedicated group co-ordinators and competitive pricing, our group trips are perfect for schools, private groups and charities. Whether you require flights, single and multi-centre hotel packages, or tailor-made trips with excursions, let us help plan your ideal itinerary.
 

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Why book with us?

The Gambia group specialist...

  • Over 35 years of experience, expert advice

  • Dedicated groups team in the UK - we arranged almost 40 groups for 600 passengers last winter

  • 24-hour local support in resort

  • Groups check in and pre-booked seating on aircraft (from Gatwick)

  • Tailor-made itineraries - no arrangement fees

  • Competitive prices / free places

  • Low deposits and flexibility on name changes

  • Specialist bird guides

 

 

Sample itinerary

7-night birdwatching itinerary for coastal area

Birdwatching itinerary for coastal area

7 nights

Camelou Corner | Tambi Wetlands | Kotu | Tujereng | Brufut Forest | Tanji Village

 


Day 1: Flight to Banjul


Day 2: Morning Camelou Corner and Tambi Wetlands

Areas include vegetable gardens and mangrove edge
Refreshments at natural crocodile lagoon

Birds – Oriole warblers, Yellow-throated Leafbird, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Black Crake, Little Bittern plus farmland and wetland species

Afternoon in Kotu Area
Explore swamps, Badala Park Pond, Kotu Stream, Cycle track and rice fields (all on foot)

Birds – Painted Snipe, Black Egret, Cattle Egret Roost, waders, kingfishers and scrubland birds


Day 3: Morning visit to Tujering
Areas include farm fields and scrub

Birds – Lanner Falcon, Dark-chanting Goshawk, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-shouldered Black Tit, Temmincks Courser, Spotted Thick Knee, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Wryneck and scrubland birds 

Afternoon in Brufut Forest
Areas include dry forest, scrub and vegetable gardens

Birds – Verraux's Eagle Owl, African Scops Owl, Gabar Goshawk, Green Pigeon, Long-tailed Nightjar and woodlands species

Continue to Tanji Village and short walk to the beach

Birds – Pelicans, gulls, terns and waders


Day 4
Day at leisure, maybe take a cultral excursion or relax on the beach


Day 5: River cruise
Meet at Denton Bridge for a riverboat cruise including breakfast and the opportunity to try fishing from the boat
Area - Mangrove creeks

Birds – Goliath Heron, Osprey, pelicans, spoonbills, kingfishers, terns, and wetland species 


Day 6 MORNING: Mandina Ba
Area - Mangrove creeks

Birds – Goliath Heron, Osprey, pelicans, spoonbills, kingfishers, terns, and wetland species

AFTERNOON: Farasutu
Areas include woodlands, vegetable gardens, fields, freshwater ponds

Birds – Spotted Eagle Owl, White-backed Night Heron, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Four-banded Sand Grouse, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Black-shouldered Kite plus woodland and scubland species


Day 7: Lamin rice fields, Tambi wetlands and Abuko Forest

Areas include vegetable gardens and mangrove edge

Birds – Pearl-spotted Owlet, Black Crake, Western Bluebill, Green Turacao, Paradise Flycatcher plus farmland and wetland species


Day 8: 
Early morning at leisure to spot final species in hotel grounds before airport departure


All transportation and specialist bird guides can be arranged as required

 

Upriver Itineraries

Small group upriver itineraries with a specialist guide can be arranged from two to five nights including basic accommodation as an add-on to a coastal hotel

2 nights: Tendaba, including boat trip and accommodation with breakfast and lunch, plus transportation (dinner and drinks paid for locally).

3 nights: Tendaba and Janjangbureh formerly known as Georgetown, including boat trip and accommodation with breakfast and lunch, plus transportation (dinner and drinks paid for locally).

4 nights: Tendaba, Janjangbureh formerly known as Georgetown, Morgan Kunda Lodge, Tendaba, including boat trip and accommodation with breakfast and lunch, plus transportation (dinner and drinks paid for locally).

5 nights: Tendaba, Kairo Konko Lodge, Janjangbureh formerly known as Georgetown, Morgan Kunda Lodge or Farafenni. Including two boat trips, transportation, accommodation, breakfast and lunch (dinner and drinks paid for locally).

 

 

 

 

 

Of all the tropical destinations for European birdwatchers, The Gambia has arguably the most allure for drawing birders of all skill levels back year after year, from complete beginners to the highly experienced. Many of its 570+ species are extremely easy to see and many wonderful birds can be seen without even leaving the grounds of our base, Mandina Lodges!

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Recommended hotels for birdwatching groups

 
 

Recommended

Birdwatching deck at Hotel Bakotu

Bakotu Hotel

A tranquil haven with an emphasis on relaxation and a viewing platform overlooking Kotu stream. Bakotu is the base for our celebrity birdwatching tours.

Recommended

Birdwatching in the Senegambia Hotel gardens, Kololi, The Gambia

Senegambia Beach Hotel

The huge gardens are full of birdlife and other wildlife including monitor lizards red colobus and green monkeys - don't miss the daily vulture feeding!

Recommended

Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest

Mandina Lodges

A tranquil location within a palm forest on a tributary of the River Gambia. A variety of bird life, monitor lizards, monkeys and baboons call the forest their home.

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