7 or 10 days
Our bespoke tours are suitable for all as they provide you with a full introduction to the wide range of species, habitats and cultures of The Gambia. With 20 years of experience studying The Gambia's wildlife, we offer a unique insight into the rich ecosystems and the pressures they face. We will visit many of the hidden treasures in this incredibly diverse country, maximising your chances of seeing the most breathtaking species.
Even repeat visitors will be wowed by the highlights our expert, but friendly, guides can provide. Every trip will be accompanied by British Zoologists and Gambian experts that allow us to experience The Gambia in a way no other tour can offer. From the hippos and baboons of our river trips to the turtles and sharks of our beach days; every day is packed with new highlights and issues to discuss.
What to expect
Our tours in the Gambia are a life-changing experience, which we can assure you, you won’t get anywhere else.
Just visiting makes a huge difference as the sight of tourists at wildlife sites helps to highlight to locals that "their" forests and wildlife is important and that there is more value in preserving them than over-exploiting them.
You will also experience the vibrant West-African culture and a vast variety of food to choose from - catering for everybody.
Our wildlife tours range from 7 to 10 days with the latter including an excursion upriver. The 10-day tour is only available between November and February due to increasing temperatures inland. We try not to give too much away about what you will experience in the smiling coast of Africa. The itinerary for each trip can be tailored to the interests of participants, maximising satisfaction for everyone!
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 and the sun dips into the horizon. We will 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 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.
In the evenings we head to “the strip” for food and occasionally drinks and dancing. On other nights we will go on walks through natural habitats to find geckos, whip scorpions, and many other nocturnal species. We may also have drinks and a little bonfire on the beach!
ARRIVAL AND BEACH
wildlife tour costs and dates
Our 7-day wildlife tours cost £750 and are available all year round whilst our 10-day wildlife tours cost £850 and are available November - February due to the increasing temperatures inland (where the 3 additional days are spent). These costs include accommodation, a hearty breakfast, park admission fees, guide fees and group transport in The Gambia. Prices do not include flights, find out more.
Specialist trips can also be prepared; for example, herpetology focused tours would take place during the wet season to optimise sightings of amphibians.
We currently have two tour dates planned:
3rd-week November 2021 (10 days)*
2nd or 3rd-week January 2022 (10 days)*
These are our current planned tours although further trips can be arranged - please enquire for additional dates. Dates are subject to change.