This page gives details of site that are on the coast of Gambia.
Some of the species that can be seen include Western Bluebill, Giant Kingfisher, Common Wattle-eye, Violet Turaco, Green Turaco, Ahanta Francolin, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Green Hylia, Green Crombec, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Pygmy Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Pied Hornbill, Collared Sunbird, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Little Greenbul, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Purple Heron, Striated Heron, African Goshawk, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Black Crake, Painted Snipe, African Harrier Hawk, Northern Puffback, Bearded Barbet, Grey Heron, Black-necked Weaver, Green Wood Hoopoe, Hamerkop, Squacco Heron, Palm-nut Vulture, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Oriole Warbler and many more .
Four species of primate occur in the reserve: Red Colobus Monkey, Callithrex Monkey, Patas Monkey and Senegal Bushbaby. Other mammals present include Senegal and Blotched Genets, Bush Buck, Maxwell’s Duiker, Gambian Sun Squirrel, Striped Ground Squirrel, Crested Porcupine, bats and a variety of rodents.
Reptiles present include Nile and Dwarf Crocodile, Nile and Boscs Monitor Lizard, Ngama Lizard, various skinks and geckos, African Rock Python, Royal Puff Adder, Black-necked Cobra and Green Mamba.
The best season for birds is from November to May, with visit early morning or late afternoon being most rewarding as birds and animals will tend to shelter from the heat of the day.
It is situated on the Trans-Gambia highway and is between the villages of Kafuta and Block, and is a good habitat for birds.
Some of the species that can be seen include Black-faced Firefinch, Red-winged Warbler, Shining Cisticola, Yellow White-eye, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Pin-tailed Whydah, Senegal Batis, Brubru, White-shouldered Black Tit, Lanner Falcon, Common Kestrel, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Gaba Goshawk and many more.
Has good varied selection of birds including Stone Partridge and White-cheeked Bee-eaters.
Some of the species which can be seen include African Wood Owl, Green Crombec, Green Hylia, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Little Greenbul, White-spotted Flufftail, Ahanta Francolin, Stone Partridge, Western Bluebill, Leaflove, African Goshawk, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Violet Turaco, Common Wattle-eye, Black-rumped Waxbill, and many more
Some of the species which can been seen here include Long-tailed Nightjar, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Northern White-faced Owl, Red-winged Warbler, Yellowbill, Splendid Sunbird, Green Turaco, Yellow White-eye, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike, Cardinal Woodpecker, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Black Scimitarbill,Yellowbill, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird.
Some of the species likely to see there include Brown Snake Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bateleur, African Hawk Eagle, Greyish Eagle Owl, Spotted Thick-knee, Brubru, Pygmy Sunbird, Senegal Batis, Northern Crombec, Rufous Cisticola, Brown-backed Woodpecker and many more.
Some of the species that can be seen include Green-headed Sunbird, White-backed Night Heron, Lesser Honeyguide, Greyish Eagle Owl, African Wood Owl, Greater Honeyguide, Herons, Plovers, Egrets, Storks and many more.
A popular place for birdwatchers to stay, a little way from Gunjur village, is Footsteps Eco-Lodge, which offers excellent birdwatching around the lodge grounds and gardens. There is also a raised viewing platform that gives good views of the surrounding area, and a fresh water pool which draws in many species of birds. An excellent place to stay, or just drop in for lunch. There are many walks in this area that are very good for a variety of bird species.
Some of the species seen here include Spoonbill, Carmine Bee-eater, Black Crake, Purple Swamphen, White-fronted Plover, Greater Painted-snipe, Thick-knee, Bishops, Cuckoos, Wryneck, Redshank, Baillon’s Crake, Audouin's Gull. Over 350 species have been recorded to date.
Kotu Bridge and ponds are good for Thick-knees, Hamerkop, waders such as Marsh Sandpiper and Black-winged Stilt, herons, egrets, Pied Kingfisher, Speckled Pigeon. Kotu ponds additionally often have White-faced Whistling Ducks and Little Grebe, African Jacana.
The golf course often has Black-headed Plover, Wood Hoopoe, small raptors.… etc.
Lamin Lodge is one of many places where you may stay to take full advantage of the birds. You can also hire a boat on the creek to see a variety of birds. This is a popular place to stop and have lunch at the restaurant built on the edge of the mangroves, overlooking the water.
Some of the species you may see at this site include, kingfishers, herons, terns, sunbirds, finches, kites, bee-eaters, rollers, and egrets.
Located at the end of the town of Brikama. This area covers 1000 acres of reserve and is one of the finest eco tourism areas in The Gambia. It consists of different eco systems and habitats. The site is home to many species of birds, animals and butterflies.
Birds and Animals
Some of the animals that can be seen include Monitor Lizard, Nile Crocodile, monkeys, Baboon. Birds include: Kingfishers, Starlings, Herons, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Sunbirds Kestrel, Hoopoe and many more
A small village located 15 kilometres from town of Brikama, and 6 kilometres from the border village of Darsilami. The area has different habitats: woodland, rice fields, swamp scrub and pond. Marakissa is a well known birdwatching site in The Gambia. Marakissa River Camp is a very comfortable place with accommodation and a restaurant where you can have your lunch, or stay overnight. The restaurant area is an excellent place to spend a couple of hours, where many bird species can be seen coming to the drinking water bowls.
Species which can be seen around the area include Spotted Honeyguide, Giant Kingfisher, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle, African Scops Owl, Gabar Goshawk, White Helmet Shrike, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Greater Painted-snipe, Long-crested Eagle, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Green Pigeon and many more.
The Niumi National Park occupies the coastal strip of The Gambia north of the river. The park is approximately 4,940 ha (49.4 square km) in extent. It constitutes one of the last untouched mangrove stands on the West African Coast north of the equator.
Areas of Interest
Niumi National Park encompasses the island of Jinack which is separated from the mainland by the narrow Niji Bolon. The area consists of coastal dune, woodlands, salt water marsh dominated by tamarisk and mangrove fringing the bolon. The mainland section of the park incorporates dry woodland and grassland savannah.
Typical bird species to be seen include: Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Grey-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Pomarine Skua, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, White-fronted Plover, Goliath Heron, Black-headed Heron, Purple Heron, Western Reef Heron, Striated Heron, Hamerkop, Yellow-billed Stork, Osprey, Palm Nut Vulture, Harrier Hawk, Grey Kestrel, Senegal Thick-knee, Whimbrel, African Darter, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Village Indigobird, Yellow-billed Shrike, Little Weaver, doves, rollers, bee-eaters.