Bird Watching


The Gambia is unrivalled as far as birds per £ go’s. You may be able to see over 170 species on the coast alone, and four hundred more waiting to be discovered further afield. There are few places in the world where you may see so many birds in so small an area. Many of the species are pretty exotic as well. Rollers, Kingfishers and Bee eaters are spangled spectacles whilst the dynamic array of raptors are truly impressive. Many others are simply more  tame and much more easily approached than in the UK, so keen photographers always return home with a few ‘trophies’!

Bald Cape was formed out of a shallow reef made of laterite rock that stretches on to the northwest and reappears at Bijol Islands which is one and a half kilometers offshore. River Tanji rises adjacent to Yundum Airport just 14 kilometers east of the town of Tanji. It rises and falls for about 3 kilometers inland and the river banks are bordered majorly with stilt rooted red mangrove.

Madiyana Waterways This offers a diversity of habitats including grassland, salt marshes, waterways, woodland and gardens. The area is prominent for its resident Owls, Rollers and Kingfishers.

The wildlife haven that is Makasutu Forest has got to be one of the must see places if you are wanting to get your numbers of spotted species up !!!!!!

At Kotu stream and the surrounding area there is a huge variety of Waders and also a number of different Kingfishers, you may even see an elusive Bittern.

At Brufut Woods, with a little help from some of the local  experts, you can spot the stunning white-faced Scops Owl and  the Long-tailed Nightjar. At Tanji, you’ll see all four tern species plus a whole host of other shore species and sea birds.

At the nature reserve at Abuko you can see bee-eaters, African darters and Hammerkops and if you are really lucky, you may spot a soaring Lanner Falcon, riding and rolling.


Other species to be seen may also include:-

Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus

Cattle Egret Bulbulcus ibis

Striated Heron Butorides striata

Black Heron Egretta ardesi

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia

Great Egret Egretta alba

African Darter Aninga rufa

Pink backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minitus

White crested Tiger Heron Tigriornis leucolopha            

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Striated Heron Butorides striata

Black Heron Egretta ardesi


These are just a few of over 500 species of bird that live in or visit The Gambia throughout the calendar year.