Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Lodge

Transportation

Safari Vehicle

Air Ticket

Included

Safari Guide

Gary Jones

Group Tour

6

Departure

12th - 19th Nov 2018

£2,489

Join Wildlife photographer Gary Jones on trip to The Gambia & Senegal.

 Ospreys – Kingfishers – Raptors – Bee Eaters – Egrets -Terns – Sunbirds –

Bakotu Hotel – Fathala Private Nature Reserve – Keur Saloum Hotel

 

These West African Countries are a birding paradise with over 500 species recorded. Also home to our British Ospreys which over Winter here along its waterways with African Fish Eagles. We will be visiting various habitats along the coast. Including Abuko Nature Reserve where Giant Kingfisher, Lizard Buzzard, Black Crake, Green and Violet Turacos can be found. On the Coast one of the locations we will visit is Tanji Bird Reserve, The reserve has been declared as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. Species seen regularly on the reserve’s lagoons include Black-headed heron, white-fronted plover, Caspian tern, spur-winged plover, sanderling, Western reef heron, royal tern and lesser black-backed gull. While the Bijol Islands are an important feeding and roosting area for substantial numbers of shorebirds, seabirds, ospreys, and other birds, including Gambia’s only breeding seabirds, including colonies of grey-headed gulls, slender-billed gulls, royal terns, Caspian terns, long-tailed cormorants and Western reef herons.

Then we cross the border in to Senegal to explore  the Sine Saloum River Delta and National Park. On our first night we stay at Fathala a private Wildlife Reserve, an area that consists of approximately 6000 hectares of original and protected forest, providing guests with the opportunity to visit an original stretch of the African wilderness in it’s original condition. Here it will be possible to view various mammal species including  Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffes, White Rhinoceros, Lions, Red Patas Monkey, and antelope species such as Roan, Waterbuck and Bushbuck. We then head to another area, The park has large areas of mangroves, secondary forest and grasslands. There are many raptor species in the area including  African Hawk Eagle, Osprey Grasshopper Buzzard, Brown Snake Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, White-backed Vultures,  Lanner Falcon, Grey and Eurasian Kestrels. We have two boat trips planned with many bird species such as  Black Crake, Little Grebe,
European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Black-headed and Squacco Herons,  Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.

We will travel back to The Gambia visiting some more coastal habitats, including a visit to Kartong Bird Observatory.

Trip Overview
  • Category
  • Grade
  • Days
    8
  • Nights
    7
  • Accommodation
    Lodge
  • Transportation
    Safari Vehicle
  • Air Ticket
    Included
  • Safari Guide
    Gary Jones
  • Group Tour
    6
  • Departure
    12th - 19th Nov 2018
Day 1
London to Banjul
Afternoon arrival at Yundum Airport where you will be welcomed by a Natoura Voyage representative and transferred to your accommodation at the Bakotu Hotel. We will have brief evening meeting at 7 pm  in the Senegambia reception to discuss the itinerary for the week. After the meeting we will have a group dinner. Overnight at the Bakotu Hotel
Day 2
Abuko Nature Reserve – Lamin Lodge – Yundum
Today we will visit Abuko Nature Reserve, In 1967 wildlife officer Eddie Brewer and his daughter Stella Marsden visited the area and realised the conservation importance of the forest and its wildlife. Brewer made a request to the government for the area to be protected. Abuko is a great location, and with its Tropical Forest we have a great possibility of viewing the colourful Green Turaco and Violet Turaco, high up in the canopy. In addition Giant Kingfisher, Lizard Buzzard and White Crested Helmet Shrike.We will take a break for lunch at Lamin Lodge which is built on stilts and is located over looking the mangrove. In the afternoon we will take a walk through Lamin fields and Yundum. Here could see various Bee Eaters, weavers and oxpeckers.
Day 3
Tanji Bird Reserve
Morning visit to Tanji Bird Reserve. Lunch at Tanji Reserve Centre/ Afternoon visit to Tujereng & Tanji village/beach. Overnight Bakotu Hotel
Day 4
Banjul - Fathala
Breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Banjul, cross by ferry to North bank (Depending on the ferry). Travel North Bank road, stopping at Fathala for a game drive. Lunch at Fathala. Afternoon bush walking & birding safari within access areas in Fathala. Dinner and overnight at Fathala Luxury Tents.
Day 5
Fathala - Sine Saloum Delta
Breakfast at Fathala. Early morning combine game drive and lion viewing (combo). Lunch at Keur Saloum hotel. Late afternoon boat trip to bird dormitory Island. Dinner and overnight at Keur Saloum Hotel.
Day 6
Keur Saloum - Banjul
Breakfast at Keur Saloum Early morning creek crawl / boat trip within Delta Saloum Lunch at Keur Saloum Hotel Afternoon birding along the way back to the Ferry. Overnight at Bakotu Hotel
Day 7
Kartong Bird Observatory
Early start from Senegambia 06.00am, arrive at Kartong at 07.00am. Breakfast at Kartong Morning birding around the Kartong bird observatory. We will have Lunch at Kartong. Afternoon boat trip at Kartong. Overnight Bakotu Hotel
Day 8
Banjul - London
Breakfast at Senegambia. Morning birding around Kotu Stream. Early lunch at the hotel. Afternoon transfer to Banjul Airport. 

Checklist

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock
Cost Per Person
GBP £2,489

  • Tour Leader - Gary Jones
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • En - Suite Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Visas
  • Guides Tips & Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks

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