Senegal - Niokolo-Koloba Game Park

You do not need a visa going to Senegal from the Gambia. As your guide, I will settle all the protocols and make all the arrangements 24 hours before departure.

Day 1:

I will come to pick you up from your hotel in the early morning and we will be driving the length of the Gambia to Basse. Taking a short-cut, we will cross the border 15 kilometres from Basse and we will reach the first town in Senegal. There we start in the open savannas, with a few scattered woods and some single tall trees, where it is hot from around mid-day to the late afternoon. In the few lakes and fresh water holes with tall reed beds, we will see many of the Rear Raptors, the visiting migrants like Gray's Malimbes, Egyptian Vultures, White Crowned Plovers, Orphean Warblers, Pel's fishing Owl (at nest) and Great Reed Warblers.
At this Senegalese town we will be spending our first night. Lunch will be at some restaurant on our way. Dinner will be romantic for we will be offered a choice of dishes on the menu.

Day 2:

After breakfast we immediately start birding on the way, arriving at the park in the late afternoon. We spend the night at Sementy Hotel, which is 30 km away from the Niokolo-Koloba Game Park. Depending on the energy you have left for the rest of the day, you can take a walk and enjoy birding in a small woodland in the vicinity of the hotel.

Day 3:

The following morning we set of for the Niokolo-Koloba Game Park which is a wooded area with bushes and savanna forest. You will see many bird species like the Blue-Naped Mousebird, the Singing Bush Lark, Capuchin Babblars, Lappet-Faced Vultures, Honey Buzzards, Red Tailed Buzzards and Ruppell's Griffon Vultures. In December the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius, but in late April and May it goes up to 40°C.

Day 4:

After a second night at the Sementy Hotel we drive back to Georgetown in the Gambia, where you will stay for one night after a long journey.

Day 5:

The following morning a boat trip will be conducted for four hours. Then we will return to the camp for lunch, after which we start to drive back to our coastal hotels. The whole tour will take five days, spending four nights away from the coast.