Go Birdwatching in The Gambia with Chris Packham

September 2, 2015


The Ultimate Birdwatching Trip to
The Gambia with Chris Packham

Chris Packham has been leading birdwatching tours to The Gambia for The Gambia Experience for many years now, along with his preferred local guide, Malick Suso, and is a massive advocate for The Gambia, both as a holiday destination in its own right and as a supreme birdwatcher’s paradise.

In Chris’s own words:

“The Gambia is an ornithological nirvana, with 170 species regularly seen in three leisurely days birding on the coast alone, and four hundred more waiting to be discovered further afield. Exotic species such as Rollers, Kingfishers and Bee eaters are spangled spectacles whilst the dynamic array of raptors is truly impressive. Many others are simply tamer and more easily approached than in the UK so keen photographers always return home with a few ‘trophies’!

I am still drawn by The Gambia, even after 20 years – it is only a few hours away, inexpensive, safe and very friendly. The food is fab, the sun shines and there is a great range of hotels. I find myself returning once again to the small, quiet and simply superb Bakotu Hotel. I am also once again visiting the wildlife haven that is Makasutu Forest which surrounds the beautiful lodges at Mandina with their luxurious pool, amazing food and tranquil river setting. I hope you will choose to join me in The Gambia!”

Excellent opportunities for bird sightings

With the option of a 3-day trip in the coastal resort of Kotu, you will visit various habitats for the best chance of seeing the widest range of birds. The options for excellent bird sightings are endless, there are far too many species to mention but include, for example, walking tours of Kotu stream where you’ll see all kinds of waders and kingfishers and, if you’re lucky, the elusive bittern; Farasutu for the Spotted Eagle Owl and the Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike; Lamin Rice Fields for the Pearl Spotted Owlet and the Black Crake; Brufut Forest for the Verraux’s Eagle Owl and the Long-tailed Nightjar; Tujereng for the Dark Chanting Goshawk and the Yellow-billed Oxpecker. You’ll also enjoy a boat trip, enabling you to see water birds such as the Goliath Heron, Osprey and Sandpiper as well as the added bonus of an occasional dolphin. This tour departs on 17th February 2017 and can be combined with a stay at one of the hotels in Kotu.

Chris then moves on to the magnificent Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest to explore the forest and river and help you discover the abundance of birdlife and wildlife that they harbour. A 3-night stay with tour at Mandina Lodges from 21st February 2017 can be booked alone or added to the above Kotu tour.

With a maximum of 17 people on each trip there will be plenty of opportunity to learn from Chris’s extensive knowledge of wildlife as well as photography.

For more details: www.Gambia.co.uk/ChrisPackham