Fathala Game Park

This park is situated on the northern coastal line, right on the edge of the Gambia and Senegal. It covers 200 hectares of land area, the habitats being coastal maritime forest, part of which is woodland and gallery forest. Early in the morning, many animals can be seen in this area: giraffes, five different kinds of monkeys (including the rare Mourner Monkey), giant antelopes, zebras, rhinos, buffaloes, as well as some rare birds species like the Chestnut Billied Starlings, the Western Blue Throat, the giant Bira, the Ostrich, and others.

We suggest that you spend a night at a standard hotel in the area. This will give you the opportunity to take a boat trip to the Sippoe Island. At this place you can meet typical local people who have been living there for many centuries and who still live with their own customary laws and ways of making life of their own. Their way of life is very different from the western neo-colonialist way of life.

But you can also make the trip in just one day by only visiting the game park. I pick you up at your coastal hotel at 7:00 am, crossing with the ferry from Banjul to Barra, from where it is a 35 minutes drive to a village called Karang, where we cross the border without any paper problems. Lunch is arranged at the camp after visiting the park. I can offer you a five to six hours day trip, from your coastal hotel and back.