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Up-river Adventure
Banjul- Gambia
14 Days
10 Persons
English
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Brief

Days 1 & 2: Coastal hotel, The Gambia Days 3 & 4: Tendaba Camp, The Gambia Day 5: Baobolong Camp, Janjanbureh, The Gambia Day 6: Traditions Agasimon Lodge, Basse, The Gambia Days 7-9: Hotel Simenti, Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal Day 10: Baobolong Camp, Janjanbureh, The Gambia Days 11 & 12: Tendaba Camp, The Gambia Day 13: Coastal hotel, The Gambia Day 14: Return home

Tour Detail

Day One: You will be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel, about a 30-minute drive away. After settling in, the rest of the day will be spent becoming familiar with some of the local bird life, including an evening visit to a heathland site where we can hope to see Plain, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars.

Day Two: After an early breakfast we will head off to spend the morning at the famous Abuko Nature Reserve. The reserve protects some of The Gambia’s rarest habitat and we can expect to find a wide range of interesting species such as Ahanta Frankolin, Yellowbill, Green Hylia, Western Bluebill, Green Crombec, Giant Kingfisher, and Violet and Green Turacos. In the afternoon we will visit the golf course at Kotu where we will look for birds like Green Wood Hoopoe, Yellow-billed Shrike, Brown Babbler, Senegal Coucal, Blue-spotted Wood-dove and Black-headed, Spur-winged and Wattled Plovers. The nearby Kotu Creek is generally good for waders and we will also look out for kingfishers, rollers, Grey Kestrel and Red-chested Swallow.

Day Three: You will be picked up at 7am for the 90km journey inland to Tendaba Camp, where we will spend our next two nights. On the way we will stop at a number of birding sites including the shrimp farm at Pirang, Faraba Sutu, the Kampant rice fields and Brumang Bridge. These short stops can produce some good birds such as Black-crowned Crane, Quailfinch, Crested Lark, and Wooly-necked and Yellow-billed Storks. Arriving at Tendaba at about 4pm we will have time to freshen up before heading off on a pirogue trip into the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve on the north side of the river. Exploring the Kissi and Tunku Bolongs, we can hope to see birds like African Finfoot, White-backed and Black-crowned Night-herons, African Darter, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Mouse-brown Sunbird, African Blue Flycatcher, Western Osprey, African Fish Eagle and the impressive Goliath Heron. After the relative bustle of the coast, Tendaba offers a good level of comfort in an idyllic setting, and watching the sunset over the River Gambia is a great way to end the day.

Day Four: Today the morning will be spent on a trip into Kiang West National Park. The park covers a stretch of the southern bank of the river and, whilst it mainly consists of dry savannah woodland, it also contains large areas of mangroves, creeks, salt pans and tidal flats. This mixture of habitats can provide a wide range of species such as African Spoonbill, Striated Heron, Helmeted Guineafowl, White-headed Vulture, Bateleur, Brown Snake Eagle, Brown-necked Parrot and Black Scimitarbill. Having returned to Tendaba, the afternoon will be spent exploring the rice fields and woods for species like African Hobby, Shikra, Grasshopper Buzzard, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Senegal Parrot, Grey-headed Sparrow, Bush Petronia, Zitting Cisticola, Blue-headed Kingfisher and Black-rumped Waxbill.

Day Five: Leaving early for the journey to Janjanbureh, our first stop of the day will be at the Soma wetlands where we should find Egyptian Goose and a variety of waders including Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers and, possibly, the striking Egyptian Plover. There will be other stops too, including at Pakaliba Bridge (raptors, Spur-winged Goose and Magpie Mannikin), the Jahali rice fields (Black Coucal, Yellow-crowned Bishop and African Jacana) and Brikama Ba (a reliable site for roosting Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and nesting Marabou Storks). Once we have settled in at Baobolong Camp in Janjanbureh we can spend the evening exploring the local area and looking for species such as Spotted Thick-knee, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Stone Partridge, African Scops Owl, Little Green Bee-eater, Swamp Flycatcher, Village Indigobird and maybe even a Shining Blue Kingfisher.

Day Six: Today we shall head on to the bustling and atmospheric market town of Basse. On the way we will stop at Bansang Quarry to see its renowned colony of Red-throated Bee-eaters. Also here there is a good chance of finding Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Northern Red Bishop, the superb Exclamatory Paradise Whydah and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. In Basse we will stay at the Traditions Agasimon Lodge, an old colonial building in a fine setting on the shores of the River Gambia and with great views over the surrounding countryside. We shall spend the heat of the day relaxing on the verandah and looking out for raptors, Northern Carmine Bee-eater and, if we are lucky, African Swallow-tailed Kite. Later we have another opportunity to connect with Egyptian Plover, as they are often found in the evening close to the ferry crossing point at Basse.

Day Seven: Today we will leave The Gambia for Senegal, travelling through passport control at Fatoto and onwards to Niokolo-Koba National Park. On the way we will stop frequently for the many new species likely to be found in this bird-rich area. Located at the centre of the park on the banks of a bolong, even the grounds of the Hotel Simenti (where we will spend the next three nights) will provide many good birds, with White-crowned Lapwing, Egyptian Plover, Hadada Ibis, Saddle-billed Stork, African Pied Wagtail and Grey-headed Kingfisher all seen on previous visits. With great views from the restaurant, dinner can be enjoyed whilst watching crocodiles and other animals around the water.

Day Eight: Heading to the eastern side of the park, today we will be on the lookout for species such as Black-crowned Crane, African Hawk Eagle, Booted Eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Crag and Brown-throated Martins, Pied and Lead-coloured Flycatchers and Sun Lark. We can also expect to see some of the park’s animals, including Common Warthog, Water and Bush Buck, Roan Antelope and Common Duiker.

Day Nine: This morning will be spent exploring a beautiful freshwater creek by pirogue. Birds we could encounter include African Finfoot, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Red-faced Cisticola. We will also be treated to great views of hippos and sunbathing crocodiles. In the afternoon we will head to the west side of the park to look for, amongst other things, Lesser Striped Swallow, Capuchin Babbler, Green-headed Sunbird, Olive-green Camaroptera, Black-and-white Mannikin and Black-headed Weaver. If we are lucky, we could also find Bat Hawk, Ayres’ Hawk Eagle, Secretary Bird or White-bellied Bustard. And as if these exciting birds weren’t enough, we also have the chance of seeing some of Africa’s mammals including, Leopard, Giant Eland, Elephant, Red-flanked Duiker and groups of Guinea Baboons.

Day Ten: Before heading back to The Gambia, we will spend our last hours in the park enjoying the hotel grounds and photo hide. Stopping for lunch at Traditions Agasimon Lodge, we will then pay another brief visit to Bansang Quarry before crossing to the North Bank at Dobou. Here we will spend some time looking for the scarce Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse before returning to Janjanbureh for another night at Baobolong Camp.

Day Eleven: Today we are journeying back to Tendaba for another two nights, but this time we will take the alternative North Bank route. Crossing the river at Lamin Kotu we will then head west, stopping first at the famous stone circle at Wassu. Here, not only do we have the archaeological interest but we will hopefully also find Northern Anteater Chat, Pin-tailed Whydah, Cut-throat Finch and Sudan Golden Sparrow. Next we will stop at Nhanya Bantan where we will look for African Silverbill, Orange-cheeked and Lavender Waxbills and Subalpine Warbler. Our next stop at Panchang Swamp should provide us with species such as Common and Lesser Moorhens, African Pygmy Goose and European Reed Warbler. The surrounding dry thorn bush can also be very productive, and we will look out for Red-billed and Red-headed Queleas, Zebra Waxbill and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. Holding water for much of the dry season, our next stop at the Kaur wetlands is a haven for many species of water birds. It is an excellent site for Egyptian, Kentish and Kittlitz’s Plovers and many of the commoner waders, along with Little Bittern, Greater Painted Snipe, Malachite Kingfisher and large flocks of Collared Pratincoles. From here we move on to Farafenni for the ferry back to the South Bank. On the way we will look out for Yellow-billed Kite and the migrant Black Kite perching in the mangroves, plus Winding Cisticola and Sedge Warbler.

Day Twelve: Back at Tendaba, we will take another pirogue trip into the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve for a second chance at finding species we may have missed the first time. We will also land on the north side for a short walk where amongst the acacias it is possible to spot a wide variety of birds such as sunbirds, Brubru, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Green-backed Eremomela, Senegal Batis, Northern Crombec, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Yellow Penduline Tit, Common Redstart and African Paradise Flycatcher. Rejoining the pirogue, we will return to Tendaba for lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Bateling bush track where quite a number of species could be encountered: Black-crowned Tchagra, White-crested Helmetshrike, White-shouldered Black Tit, Green-winged Pytilia, White-fronted Black Chat, African Golden Oriole, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Splendid Glossy Starling, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Brown-rumped Bunting and Yellow-fronted Canary. If we remain on-site into the evening, Spotted Eagle and African Scops Owls, nightjars, Bronze-winged Courser and Spotted Thick-knee have all been recorded.

Day Thirteen: No doubt it will be with some reluctance that today we leave the relaxing atmosphere of Tendaba and rural Gambia to head back to the coast. We shall take a different route this time, travelling back through Soma to cross back to the North Bank at Farafenni. Heading west, we shall make a couple of stops before getting to Barra where we will cross over to Banjul. Before taking you to your hotel we have one more stop at Bund Road, an excellent area for terns, gulls, flamingos and a variety of waders.

Day Fourteen: Today you have time to explore locally or to just relax before being picked up for your lift to the airport.

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Up-river Adventure
Banjul, Gambia
14 Days
10 Persons
English
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Brief

Days 1 & 2: Coastal hotel, The Gambia Days 3 & 4: Tendaba Camp, The Gambia Day 5: Baobolong Camp, Janjanbureh, The Gambia Day 6: Traditions Agasimon Lodge, Basse, The Gambia Days 7-9: Hotel Simenti, Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal Day 10: Baobolong Camp, Janjanbureh, The Gambia Days 11 & 12: Tendaba Camp, The Gambia Day 13: Coastal hotel, The Gambia Day 14: Return home

Tour Detail

Day One: You will be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel, about a 30-minute drive away. After settling in, the rest of the day will be spent becoming familiar with some of the local bird life, including an evening visit to a heathland site where we can hope to see Plain, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars.

Day Two: After an early breakfast we will head off to spend the morning at the famous Abuko Nature Reserve. The reserve protects some of The Gambia’s rarest habitat and we can expect to find a wide range of interesting species such as Ahanta Frankolin, Yellowbill, Green Hylia, Western Bluebill, Green Crombec, Giant Kingfisher, and Violet and Green Turacos. In the afternoon we will visit the golf course at Kotu where we will look for birds like Green Wood Hoopoe, Yellow-billed Shrike, Brown Babbler, Senegal Coucal, Blue-spotted Wood-dove and Black-headed, Spur-winged and Wattled Plovers. The nearby Kotu Creek is generally good for waders and we will also look out for kingfishers, rollers, Grey Kestrel and Red-chested Swallow.

Day Three: You will be picked up at 7am for the 90km journey inland to Tendaba Camp, where we will spend our next two nights. On the way we will stop at a number of birding sites including the shrimp farm at Pirang, Faraba Sutu, the Kampant rice fields and Brumang Bridge. These short stops can produce some good birds such as Black-crowned Crane, Quailfinch, Crested Lark, and Wooly-necked and Yellow-billed Storks. Arriving at Tendaba at about 4pm we will have time to freshen up before heading off on a pirogue trip into the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve on the north side of the river. Exploring the Kissi and Tunku Bolongs, we can hope to see birds like African Finfoot, White-backed and Black-crowned Night-herons, African Darter, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Mouse-brown Sunbird, African Blue Flycatcher, Western Osprey, African Fish Eagle and the impressive Goliath Heron. After the relative bustle of the coast, Tendaba offers a good level of comfort in an idyllic setting, and watching the sunset over the River Gambia is a great way to end the day.

Day Four: Today the morning will be spent on a trip into Kiang West National Park. The park covers a stretch of the southern bank of the river and, whilst it mainly consists of dry savannah woodland, it also contains large areas of mangroves, creeks, salt pans and tidal flats. This mixture of habitats can provide a wide range of species such as African Spoonbill, Striated Heron, Helmeted Guineafowl, White-headed Vulture, Bateleur, Brown Snake Eagle, Brown-necked Parrot and Black Scimitarbill. Having returned to Tendaba, the afternoon will be spent exploring the rice fields and woods for species like African Hobby, Shikra, Grasshopper Buzzard, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Senegal Parrot, Grey-headed Sparrow, Bush Petronia, Zitting Cisticola, Blue-headed Kingfisher and Black-rumped Waxbill.

Day Five: Leaving early for the journey to Janjanbureh, our first stop of the day will be at the Soma wetlands where we should find Egyptian Goose and a variety of waders including Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers and, possibly, the striking Egyptian Plover. There will be other stops too, including at Pakaliba Bridge (raptors, Spur-winged Goose and Magpie Mannikin), the Jahali rice fields (Black Coucal, Yellow-crowned Bishop and African Jacana) and Brikama Ba (a reliable site for roosting Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and nesting Marabou Storks). Once we have settled in at Baobolong Camp in Janjanbureh we can spend the evening exploring the local area and looking for species such as Spotted Thick-knee, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Stone Partridge, African Scops Owl, Little Green Bee-eater, Swamp Flycatcher, Village Indigobird and maybe even a Shining Blue Kingfisher.

Day Six: Today we shall head on to the bustling and atmospheric market town of Basse. On the way we will stop at Bansang Quarry to see its renowned colony of Red-throated Bee-eaters. Also here there is a good chance of finding Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Northern Red Bishop, the superb Exclamatory Paradise Whydah and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. In Basse we will stay at the Traditions Agasimon Lodge, an old colonial building in a fine setting on the shores of the River Gambia and with great views over the surrounding countryside. We shall spend the heat of the day relaxing on the verandah and looking out for raptors, Northern Carmine Bee-eater and, if we are lucky, African Swallow-tailed Kite. Later we have another opportunity to connect with Egyptian Plover, as they are often found in the evening close to the ferry crossing point at Basse.

Day Seven: Today we will leave The Gambia for Senegal, travelling through passport control at Fatoto and onwards to Niokolo-Koba National Park. On the way we will stop frequently for the many new species likely to be found in this bird-rich area. Located at the centre of the park on the banks of a bolong, even the grounds of the Hotel Simenti (where we will spend the next three nights) will provide many good birds, with White-crowned Lapwing, Egyptian Plover, Hadada Ibis, Saddle-billed Stork, African Pied Wagtail and Grey-headed Kingfisher all seen on previous visits. With great views from the restaurant, dinner can be enjoyed whilst watching crocodiles and other animals around the water.

Day Eight: Heading to the eastern side of the park, today we will be on the lookout for species such as Black-crowned Crane, African Hawk Eagle, Booted Eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Crag and Brown-throated Martins, Pied and Lead-coloured Flycatchers and Sun Lark. We can also expect to see some of the park’s animals, including Common Warthog, Water and Bush Buck, Roan Antelope and Common Duiker.

Day Nine: This morning will be spent exploring a beautiful freshwater creek by pirogue. Birds we could encounter include African Finfoot, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Red-faced Cisticola. We will also be treated to great views of hippos and sunbathing crocodiles. In the afternoon we will head to the west side of the park to look for, amongst other things, Lesser Striped Swallow, Capuchin Babbler, Green-headed Sunbird, Olive-green Camaroptera, Black-and-white Mannikin and Black-headed Weaver. If we are lucky, we could also find Bat Hawk, Ayres’ Hawk Eagle, Secretary Bird or White-bellied Bustard. And as if these exciting birds weren’t enough, we also have the chance of seeing some of Africa’s mammals including, Leopard, Giant Eland, Elephant, Red-flanked Duiker and groups of Guinea Baboons.

Day Ten: Before heading back to The Gambia, we will spend our last hours in the park enjoying the hotel grounds and photo hide. Stopping for lunch at Traditions Agasimon Lodge, we will then pay another brief visit to Bansang Quarry before crossing to the North Bank at Dobou. Here we will spend some time looking for the scarce Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse before returning to Janjanbureh for another night at Baobolong Camp.

Day Eleven: Today we are journeying back to Tendaba for another two nights, but this time we will take the alternative North Bank route. Crossing the river at Lamin Kotu we will then head west, stopping first at the famous stone circle at Wassu. Here, not only do we have the archaeological interest but we will hopefully also find Northern Anteater Chat, Pin-tailed Whydah, Cut-throat Finch and Sudan Golden Sparrow. Next we will stop at Nhanya Bantan where we will look for African Silverbill, Orange-cheeked and Lavender Waxbills and Subalpine Warbler. Our next stop at Panchang Swamp should provide us with species such as Common and Lesser Moorhens, African Pygmy Goose and European Reed Warbler. The surrounding dry thorn bush can also be very productive, and we will look out for Red-billed and Red-headed Queleas, Zebra Waxbill and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. Holding water for much of the dry season, our next stop at the Kaur wetlands is a haven for many species of water birds. It is an excellent site for Egyptian, Kentish and Kittlitz’s Plovers and many of the commoner waders, along with Little Bittern, Greater Painted Snipe, Malachite Kingfisher and large flocks of Collared Pratincoles. From here we move on to Farafenni for the ferry back to the South Bank. On the way we will look out for Yellow-billed Kite and the migrant Black Kite perching in the mangroves, plus Winding Cisticola and Sedge Warbler.

Day Twelve: Back at Tendaba, we will take another pirogue trip into the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve for a second chance at finding species we may have missed the first time. We will also land on the north side for a short walk where amongst the acacias it is possible to spot a wide variety of birds such as sunbirds, Brubru, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Green-backed Eremomela, Senegal Batis, Northern Crombec, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Yellow Penduline Tit, Common Redstart and African Paradise Flycatcher. Rejoining the pirogue, we will return to Tendaba for lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Bateling bush track where quite a number of species could be encountered: Black-crowned Tchagra, White-crested Helmetshrike, White-shouldered Black Tit, Green-winged Pytilia, White-fronted Black Chat, African Golden Oriole, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Splendid Glossy Starling, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Brown-rumped Bunting and Yellow-fronted Canary. If we remain on-site into the evening, Spotted Eagle and African Scops Owls, nightjars, Bronze-winged Courser and Spotted Thick-knee have all been recorded.

Day Thirteen: No doubt it will be with some reluctance that today we leave the relaxing atmosphere of Tendaba and rural Gambia to head back to the coast. We shall take a different route this time, travelling back through Soma to cross back to the North Bank at Farafenni. Heading west, we shall make a couple of stops before getting to Barra where we will cross over to Banjul. Before taking you to your hotel we have one more stop at Bund Road, an excellent area for terns, gulls, flamingos and a variety of waders.

Day Fourteen: Today you have time to explore locally or to just relax before being picked up for your lift to the airport.

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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