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Kiang West National Park is a haven for birdlife, and is one of the most important wildlife reserves in the Gambia.

The park mainly consists of dry, deciduous woodland, tidal flats and mangrove creeks covering an area of 115 square kilometres, dotted with baobab and red acacia trees. Mammals found within the park include African clawless otter, leopard, caracal, common duiker, marsh mongoose, spotted, serval, sitatunga and warthog, while West African manatees and humpback dolphins can sometimes be spotted in the Jarin creek. 

There are also an interesting number of reptiles found in the park, such as the African python, Nile crocodile, Bells hinged tortoise, puff adder, spitting cobra, Nile monitor and royal python.

Kiang West National Park is also known for its spectacular birdlife, where some 300 species – more than half of all species recorded in the Gambia – can be seen. There are 21 birds if prey, 10 species of kingfisher, as well as ground hornbill, brown-necked parrot, Dorst’s cisticola, white-fronted black-chat, brown-rumped bunting, chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver and the bateleur.

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Key info

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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Tendaba Camp

Situated close to Kiang West National Park and the Baobolong wetlands, lies Tendaba Camp. This simple, yet comfortable accommodation is within easy distance of some of the Gambia’s best birdwatching sites, and is ideally situated for exploring the nearby wildlife-rich, River Gambia.