Malick Suso - Gambian Bird Guide

A typical itinerary

In truth there isn't one. Malick is pleased to tailor any of your birdwatching ambitions to suit the time you have available. So whether it's a two or three hour evening walk around the countryside close to the hotel for an introduction to African Birdlife or a full on week's birding safari he is the man for the job. He is brilliantly understanding of the newcomers' needs and equally of the serious birders' desires. If you just want to get close to some shimmering sunbirds or if you want a monster list he will accommodate your wishes. He has his own vehicle and driver to ensure prompt and efficient transport.

He is happy to arrange day trips to any of the listed destinations and many more besides and combine these with additional excursions. All trips will be sculpted around your timings, abilities and budget. So for instance a day's birding to Abuko Forest Reserve might go something like this:

  • Pick-up from Hotel at 06.15
  • Travel to Abuko to arrive as it gets light.
  • Walk through the reserve to the Darwin Centre which overlooks the pool. Packed breakfast here (hotel to provide).
  • Walk through the forest to the Animal Orphanage birding en-route to arrive at 11.30 or 12.00.
  • Drive to the local rice fields to check for Painted Snipe and African Scops Owls.
  • Return to hotel for lunch and afternoon at leisure.
  • Depending on which hotel you are in at 16.30 or 17.00 begin an evening walk of around two hours to return to hotel as it gets dark.

Three days birding would likely include early excursions to Abuko, Tanji/Brufut, Pirang or a Denton Bridge/Lamin boat trip depending on the season followed by a series of evening walks/local drives.

Tendaba Camp requires an overnight stay so ideally this becomes a two day excursion beginning early on the first day with a succession of birding stops en route to arrive at Tendaba in time for an evening boat trip into the mangroves. This gives time for an early start at the camp the following day followed by a lunchtime departure with other stops on the way back to your hotel.

If you are a more serious birder and have visited The Gambia before but have a few key species you would like to see then please contact Malick about a specialised tailor made excursion.

Image copyright Chris Packham
Image courtesy of Chris Packham