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Wildlife Locations

1 recommended location:

Kiang West National Park

Located on the south bank of the Gambia River, Kiang West National Park is one of the biggest and most important wildlife reserves in the Gambia. The park is home to around 300 bird species, and many of the country’s remaining mammal species such as bushbuck, warthog, hyena, serval and sitatunga.

  • Where: Southern Gambia
  • Ideal for viewing: ground hornbill, brown-necked parrot, Cape clawless otter, bateleur, Burchell’s courser
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Birdwatching

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Wildlife trips

The Gambia boasts a range of locations for wildlife enthusiasts, including the stunning Makasutu Forest, Kiang West National Park, coastal beaches such as Kololi and Georgetown, situated along the bird-rich River Gambia. 

1 recommended trip. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Bird Photography Safari

Join wildlife photographer Ashley Grove on this exciting tour to the Gambia, to take advantage of the almost guaranteed sunshine, and to capture the exceptional variety of colourful and approachable birdlife, including a magnificent array of kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers.

  • When to go: Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

The Gambia is a year round destination, with average temperatures of 32˚C, even in winter. Rainfall can occur between July and October, transforming the landscape into a green paradise. Peak  birdwatching season is during the months of November to June. 

Seasons

  • Dry Season

    Nov to Jun: The Gambia enjoys almost uninterrupted sunshine during the dry season.
  • Rainy Season

    Jul to Oct: Summer months in The Gambia have more rainfall, with August being the wettest month.

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Sep:

    Birds migrate north from equatorial regions of Africa to breed.

  • Oct to Oct:

    Birds migrate south from the Palearctic region

  • Nov to Mar: Birds migrate south from the Palearctic region

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