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Gambia: Discover bird watchers paradise in the depths of The Gambia

2014/09/14

Situated in West Africa, The Gambia’s diversity of birdlife is ranked as one of the richest in the world making it a favorite with bird enthusiasts. Whether you’re a initial timer, a keen amateur or an enthusiast looking for a particular bird species, there are a team of fantastic knowledgeable guides to help find the rarest and most elusive birds.

For the ultimate bird watching trip in The Gambia, join BBC presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham to record your rare species. With a maximum of 17 people on a trip there are plenty of opportunities to learn from Chris’s extensive knowledge of birdlife. Chris describes The Gambia as “an ornithological nirvana, with 170 species regularly seen in three leisurely days birding on the coast alone, and 400 additional situated further afield”. Exotic species such as rollers, kingfishers and bee-eaters are waiting to be discovered whilst the dynamic array of raptors are truly impressive.

Join a three day excursion with Malick Suso, described as one of the very best bird guides in The Gambia, and visit a variety of habitats inclunding the Kotu stream to see waders and kingfishers; Abuko Nature Reserve with spectacular pools that attract over 270 species of bird; the Tanji Shore and Fishing Village which caters to shore and sea birds inclunding the rare golden-tailed woodpecker.

Within the Makasutu Forest, you’ll find the Madina Lodges and its tranquil river setting. Inspired by the beauty and serenity of the area, two English Investors saw the need for such breathe taking accommodation within a forest – cum- river setting. During the day visitors can relax and unwind by the pool soaking up the peaceful atmosphere, whilst the additional active can explore the forest by foot or canoe and discover local wildlife.

Whether wandering around the grounds of your hotel or embarking on an organized bird watching tour, The Gambia ensures a perfect bird watching holiday.

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