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Georgetown


The idea is to have park lunch for the long journey from the hotel to Georgetown, as there is only one town, called Farafenni, where you can buy picnic lunch. I always make my arrangements for the lunch well in advance, before departure.

Day 1:

Pick up from your coastal hotel in the early morning and cross from Banjul to the north bank. From there we will be driving approximately 275 km over a good road, stopping at points of interest like Dasilame before the bridge called "babillimamsa", which is a good spot to see Ant-Eater Chats, Red-Bill Quelea, Yellow-Crown Bishops and others. Then our next stop will be the Kaur wetlands for the Kentish Sand Plover, Kittlitz's Plover and White-crowned Plover, and that is also the first good place for Egyptian Plovers.

From there we will proceed to Njau water hole and the surroundings for species like Sudan Golden Sparrow, Bustards, Green-winged Pytilias and Red-winged Pytilias, before heading to Nyangabantang with birding on our way. We might see interesting species like Paradise Whydah, Red-necked Buzzard, Martial Eagle, Crowned Eagle and others. This area consists of open woodland and savannas, as the north of the Gambia is near to Senegal, which is closer to the Sahara. In November to February the temperature is pleasant at the degree of 25°C up to 28°C, and in March to April it rises to 30°C up to 32°C.

Arriving at Wassu Stone Circle you will have the first chance of seeing the Carmine Bee-Eaters, Temminck's Coursers and more raptors. From there we drive towards the river Gambia at the crossing point to main island of Georgetown. The ferry takes five minutes to cross, and during waiting time for the ferry you can be seen the swamp flycatchers, Gabar Goshawk in the Melanistic form, Short Toed Eagle, Little Green Bee Eater, etc.

We will reach the camp or lodge at round 5 to 6 pm, where you can go to yours rooms to fresh up, before we take an evening walk to the rice fields to see Sand Grouse, Nightjars, Bitterns, and most exciting of all: the Verreaux Eagle Owl doing his way of hunting at dusk.
We will then go back to lodge or camp, which serves a European favourite Gambian standard dinner and offers good accommodation.

Day 2:

The following morning after breakfast we do the boat trip for at least 4 hours, during which you may expect to see many bird species like the famous Finfoot, the African Fish Eagle, the Long Crested Eagle, the shining Blue Kingfisher, etc.

At the River Gambia National Park the hippos and the chimps will be the entertainers of your voyage. We will go back to the camp for lunch, after which we will start the journey back to the south bank, this time not by ferry, but over a bridge at the south crossing point of the main island. We will visit the Jahali rice fields for the Black Coucal, the Pygmy Goose and many other warblers, and we will pass by a place called Nyamina for the Crowned Cranes, and we might be lucky to see the Saddle Billed Storks. We will make another stop near a village called Fulla Bantang for the Marabou Storks at their rusting and breeding place.

From there we will leisurely drive towards the coast, and we will be birding along the way. You have a choice to either stop at Tendaba for a night if you feel tired or go right away to the coastal hotel where you will arrive late in the evening.