Photo by Hassan Gindeh


Four day upriver tour

On this tour we follow the Gambia river and we will visit a few bird areas along the river.

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Day 1

If you arrive in the Gambia after the coastal birding. I will pick you up in the morning by 06:30am and drive to tendaba camp. On our way to tendaba camp, we will take a stop at some interesting birding areas and first stopping will be at pirang bouto forest which will take us about 2 hours birding.

After pirang we will head on the Trans-Gambia Road slowly but surely drive and stop at kamannti (Raptor bridge) where we will be looking for the birds of prey like the Battler Eagle, western banded Snake eagle, short-toed Eagle, African hawked Eagle, lanner falcon. Dark-chanting goshawk, mighty martial eagle, Black-shouldered kite, white-headed vulture, white-backed vulture, whited-headed Goshaluk, Black shouldered kite etc., etc.

From there, we will drive to the kalagl River camp. This is where we will have our lunch and also we will do some birding ,might be lucky to see some top birds like Abyssian Ground hornbill , square-tailed wrong, Black-crowned Crane, splendid Glossy Starling, etc. and also birds of preys too.

After lunch, we will drive to Tendaba camp. But we may stop for any interesting birds, when we arrive to Tendaba we will take a relax till 5pm and drive to Tendaba Airfield or Battling Bush track to look or find birds like green – winged pithily, red – winged pithily, standard – winged Nightjar, Bush Petrolia , bronze- winged course Sand grouse etc., etc. Later drive back to Tendaba camp for a meal which take place at 8:00pm.

Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle
Photo by Hannah Jansen

Blue Cheeked Bee Eater

Tawny Eagle
Photo by Hannah Jansen

Day 2

The following morning will take our breakfast at 7:30am and after having some wonderful I viewing of the creek of Tendaba we will drive to Georgetown through the North Bank where will expect to see lots of top birds, African fish Eagle, Exclamatory paradise whydah, Rebilled qualia, red- headed qualia, pallid harrier, on the way we will take a stop at some water holes and also at Kauri wetland to look for the Egyptian plover, white crowned plover, collared particle, pygmy goose etc. and there we will have our pack lunch .after lunch we will drive to Wash, where the famous Stone circle is, to look for the Carmine Bee-eater, little green bee-eater, red-throated, etc., etc. and from there, we drive to Georgetown where we will spend two nights.

As we arrive we will spend the night at a camp called BAOBALON camp. An evening walk is possible, if it is not dark or if necessary.

Day 3

In the morning, we will take a walk around the area and we will be back for lunch and in the afternoon we will take a boat to look for the shining blue Kingfisher, creaunson Seed cracker, black causal spur-winged Goose, African fish Eagle, African Fin foot, swamp flycatcher etc., etc. and be back for dinner .

Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher
Photo by Hannah Jansen

Red-Bellied Paradise Flycatcher

Red-Bellied Paradise Flycatcher
Photo by Hannah Jansen

Day 4

The following morning we will first have breakfast, after breakfast we will drive back through the South Bank and have a stop at interesting places like jahally rice field and some waterholes, visit Brikamaba Cemetery to look for the Verraux,s Eagle. We will be at Tendaba around 6:30pm to 7:oopm and by 8:oopm we will have our dinner and then to bed.

In the morning , we will have our breakfast by 07:30 and after that, we will take a boat trip across the North Bank where we will be locking for the birds like red-bellied paradise flycatcher, African fin foot ,Tiger bittern, Martial Eagle, white-backed night heron, pallid harmer, etc.

After the boat trip we will drive back to the coast, where will stop at some wetland to look for interesting birds that we do not see.

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