- Arrive Banjul in the afternoon, and transfer to our hotel on the coast.
- Accommodation: Senegambia Hotel, 3-nights on full board basis.
- We visit a number of great local sites, all within easy reach of our base, offering amazing photographic opportunities. Excursions will include Tanji beach – which has a selection of seabirds and waders, Katong wetland, and Kotu – with its mango creeks rice fields and Fajara golf course, rich in kingfishers, bee-eaters and plovers.
- Leaving the coast we drive inland for a two night stay at the unique and colourful Tendaba Camp. Accommodation is quite basic but has the essentials – rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning or a ceiling fan.
- During our stay we will take a boat trips across the Gambia River and into one of the fantastic wild creeks with huge mangrove trees, providing some of the Gambia’s best birdwatching.
- Accommodation: Tendaba Camp, 2-nights on full board basis.
- We head further inland today to Georgetown where we have four days to explore the various sites in this area and soak up the wealth of bird life. There are a couple more boat trips where hippo, African fish eagle, palm nut, and white-backed vultures are amongst the species to be seen.
- The lodge does not have the facilities of the hotel, but all rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning or a ceiling fan.
- Accommodation: Baobolong Camp, Georgetown, 3-nights on full board basis.
- Today we begin our gradual journey back to the coast, with a further night at Tendaba. You will take another boat trip as well as photographing the bird life around the camp.
- Accommodation: Tendaba Camp, 1-night on full board basis.
- We return to the Hotel Senegambia, where we will visit some new sites, including: Abuko – the Gambia’s top site to photograph giant kingfisher, Brufut woods, and Bijilo forest – best for white-throated bee-eater and for photographing green vervet monkey and red colobus.
- Accommodation: Hotel Senegambia, 1-night on full board basis.
- This morning after breakfast we may have a little time to take some last shots around the hotel grounds before heading back to Banjul airport for our flight to London
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Guided activities
Two of the places we stay are eco lodges, with the exception of the beginning and end of the tour where we are hotel based.
The lodges do not have the facilities of the hotels, but each room has private bathroom facilities. Power maybe via a generator, so electricity may not be 24 hours a day. Rooms have mosquito nets where deemed necessary and all have air conditioning or a ceiling fan.
All meals are included.
Short walks of up to two miles over relatively flat terrain. Walking shoes or boots are needed to protect you from thorns.
Kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers will be high on the agenda and we will visit specific sites to seek out these groups of birds, including two bee-eater colonies.
- Red-throated bee-eater
- Red-cheeked cordon-bleu
- Blue-breasted kingfisher
- African jacana
As well as photography from dry land, we do several boat trips into the creeks, a sure way of getting closer to some of the kingfishers, plus waders and a huge variety of herons.
Price includes return charter flights London – Banjul – London.
There is an option to upgrade to premium class, with extra leg-room (please enquire for cost).
Transport is by small coach with local driver. Please note that the roads can be rough and with several potholes.