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The Gambia

A Taste of West Africa

23 February to 2 March 2018

Leader: David Walsh

Maximum of 10 clients.

2018 Cost: £2,299 single room supplement £200

For many years The Gambia has provided the perfect introduction to tropical birding in general and the birds of West Africa in particular a range of habitats close to the coast are so concentrated that, in a week-long trip, we can expect to see over 200 species from a single base without ever travelling for more than an hour! We stay at the Senegambia Beach Hotel which is comfortable, has air-conditioned rooms and serves good food its lovely 20 acre grounds adjacent to the beach constitute a bird reserve in their own right and make it easy to become familiar not just with the commoner species but also some of the specialities. Our carefully-planned programme of local excursions will take us to pristine rainforest, open woodland savanna, sandy beaches, rice fields, mangroves and estuaries. Anticipate colourful hornbills, rollers, bee-eaters, barbets, turacos, kingfishers, sunbirds and waxbills as well as owls, herons, shorebirds and much more!

One of the beauties of travelling to The Gambia is that it is on the same time zone as the UK, so there is no jet lag after our six hour flight. Our tour is timed to coincide with the dry season when humidity is at its lowest. We usually take a siesta in the heat of the afternoon, and those who wish will have the opportunity to swim in the hotel’s pools, or even in the sea. Ornitholidays has visited The Gambia over 30 times and uses the very best local guides. Travel with us for guaranteed late winter sunshine, fabulous birding and splendid opportunities for photography.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Fly from London to Banjul
Days 2-7 Banjul
Days 8 Depart Banjul