14 days plus extension
An expedition is defined as a journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of research, and our Project Wild Gambia team delivers precisely that. We have been conducting groundbreaking research for the last 20 years with the help of our dedicated volunteers, participating in our conservation expeditions.
Our conservation expeditions are suitable for all participants from organisations and academic groups, to those with little knowledge about conservation – we only require you have a passion and interest for wildlife conservation. The rest will be taught in the field by the professionals, where you will be accompanied by British Zoologists and Gambian experts every day, offering insight that no other trip provides.
What to expect
For over 20 years, we have specialised in formulating ‘world-class’ inspirational field trips to The Gambia. We pride ourselves in allowing individuals to gain real-life, hands-on conservation experience with leading professionals, where they can live and breathe the social, economic, physical and emotional challenges conservationists encounter.
During your expedition, you will delve into the African bush and be presented with unique opportunities such as researching Critically Endangered primates, hippos or even discovering a new shark species; anything is possible in The Gambia.
Participants will gain a new understanding of the threats climate change and exploitation has on ecosystem function and a new urgency for encouraging the restoration of habitats, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict and recovery of species from the brink of extinction.
Our conservation expeditions are 14 days long (with the option of extension) and are available at all times throughout the year.
It’s always fun to welcome new faces to The Gambia! After the flight from the UK, often departing in grey, cold conditions, the explosion of heat, bright sunlight, vivid colours and huge smiles can be a lot to take in.
After arriving at the hotel we will head out for an evening walk along the beach, dipping our toes in the warm, tropical Atlantic as lines of egrets head to roost as the sun dips into the horizon. We’ll beachcomb as we walk while keeping our eyes on the tropical forest at the back of the beach. If we’re lucky, monkeys may be seen from the beach and distinctly tropical species will call from the edge of the jungle, including the bizarre palm-nut vulture, Senegal coucal and little bee-eater. By the end of the walk, the sun will be gone and bats come out to forage along the forest edge.
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conservation expedition costs and dates
Our 14-day conservation expeditions cost £950 (£475/week) and are available all year round. This includes accommodation, a hearty breakfast, park admission fees, research permits, guide fees and group transport in The Gambia. Prices do not include flights, find out more.
Our team are more than happy to prepare bespoke trips to create the most awe-inspiring expedition which is educational and leaves a huge impact on both you and the wildlife. We can adjust activities, duration and trip dates to suit each group. Specialist trips can be prepared; for example, herpetology focused trips will take place for organisations such as the Cumbrian Amphibian and Reptile Group (CARG). These trips will take place during the wet season, in order to optimise sightings of amphibians. Activities will include surveys to fill in the huge gap in information regarding amphibians in The Gambia and setting up a breeding programme for the vulnerable West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) that was rediscovered in the country, by our team.
We currently have five two-week expeditions planned:
1st week of June 2021 - Student Expedition (places not available)
1st week of July 2021 - Cetaceans Special*
1st week of August 2021 - Amphibians and Reptiles Special*
1st week of December 2021 - Primates Special*
Between November to February (2021/2022) - Primates Special 2*
These are our current planned expeditions although further trips can be arranged - please enquire for additional dates. Dates are subject to change.