With over 550 species, Gambia offers a great introduction to African birds and you don’t have to travel far to see many amazing and exotic species. Bird watching in the Gambia is simply spectacular – West African birding at its best!
Serious birders could easily see 200 species in a week, but if you are a first timer or an interested amateur, even your hotel grounds will amaze you with the diversity and colour of birds.
Many birds are very easy to see close up, so bird photography can be very rewarding. Many birders are drawn back to The Gambia year after year because it has so much to offer, you simply can’t do it all in one trip.
Many exotic species such as Bee eaters, Kingfishers, Rollers and the Yellow crowned gonolek are brilliantly coloured and the diversity of herons, birds of prey and unusual species like the Hammerkop is truly impressive.
Birding in The Gambia is truly fantastic for both expert and occasional birdwatchers. For such a small country Gambia has a very wide range of habitats such as forest, wetlands, mangrove swamps and bush.
Whether you want to target iconic species like Egyptian Plover, achieve a long bird list for your holiday, which will include a staggering variety of African species augmented by Palearctic migrants in their winter quarters, or just spend a few hours enjoying beautiful birds in a beautiful place, the Gambia is for you.
You are guaranteed an amazingly rewarding Gambia bird watching experience.
As well as birds, there is an abundance of other wildlife to see in The Gambia. It may not have the big game of East Africa, but there are monkeys, baboons, hippos, crocodiles, and some spectacular butterflies. Watching wildlife and enjoying nature is easy and safe in the Gambia. It has 7 national parks and official reserves, but anywhere in the Gambia is good.
The coastal sites near to the main tourist areas keep most bird & wildlife watchers happy for a fortnight’s holiday, but going up country provides many more species and a much broader experience of rural Africa.
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Best bird watching locations in Gambia
Best times to visit Gambia for bird watchers