The Gambia & Senegal

"A great introduction to African birding and essential for a number of West African specialties!"

The Gambia is one of the best introductions to African birding. The species diversity is high with resident birds,  trans-African migrants and European migrants (from November to April). In addition, you can get access to several birding sites in Senegal in irrigated arid habitat and at Djoudj National Park.

More details about this Trip:

The trip reaches all the key birding sites, running to north Senegal (just south of the Sahara Desert) and then to all sides of the Gambia River (south, north, up river and coastal). Habitats range from irrigated arid, sandy beaches, mangroves and riverine forest to dry savannah.

Some of the other strengths of this trip include the following: Key species include Egyptian Plover, Bearded Barbet, Red-throated Bee-eater, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Sudan Golden Sparrow, Savile's Bustard, Pied-winged Swallow, Violet Turaco, Palm-nut Vulture and White-backed Night-Heron.

Pricing: $2,890 US Dollars  (£2,310 GBP) for 16 Days and 15 Nights in The Gambia

Extensions available


Group Size: Most tours viable at 4 to 8 participants (priced at 6 participants).


Upcoming Dates:

March 26 to April 10, 2021

November 1 to 16, 2021



Top Reasons to Book Tour


Egyptian Plover, African Finfoot, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, African Ground Hornbill, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Grayish Eagle Owl, African Wood Owl, Peal's Fishing Owl, African Crown Crane, Scissor-tailed Kite, White-backed Night Heron, Goliath Heron, Fairy Blue Flycatcher, Martial Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Pygmy Goose, Standard winged Night-jar, White-bellied Bustard, Giant Kingfisher, Temminck's Courser and Arabian Bustard.


Marsh Mongoose, Banded Mongoose, Western Red Colobus Monkey, Patas Monkey, Green/vervet Monkey, Callithrix  Monkey, Guinea Baboon, Side striped Jackal, African wild Cat, African Claw-less Otter, Honey Badger, African Civet, Bush-buck, Bush Baby, Common Warthog, Hippos, Nile Crocodile, Slender-snouted Crocodile, Dwarf Crocodile, Giant leather-backed Turtle, Gecko, Nile Monitor Lizard, Agama Lizard, Crabs, Fish etc.

Habitats and

Special Sites

The flat terrain of the Gambia, drained by the Gambia River is categorized under several habitat types. The habitat types are the coast, mangroves and Banto Faros, wetlands, farmlands, savanna and the Sahel habitats, gallery forests and urban habitats.


Other Attractions

Saloum Delta, Djoudj National Park, Abuko Nature Reserve, Tanji Bird Reserve, Kartong Wetland, Kaur Wetland, Baobolong Wetland, Kiang West National Park, Gambia river national Park, Farasuto  Forest, Marakissa Woods and Brufut Woods etc.

2021 Schedule

The Gambia and Senegal: Complete Birding Experience for West African Specialties and Endemics with YaYa Barry: January 17 to February 1--Postponed


The Gambia and Senegal: Complete Birding Experience for West African Specialties and Endemics with YaYa Barry: March 26 to April 10

The Gambia and Senegal: Complete Birding Experience for West African Specialties and Endemics with YaYa Barry: November 1 to 16

Black Crowned-crane
Black Crowned-crane

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Yellow-billed Shrike
Yellow-billed Shrike

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White-headed Vulture
White-headed Vulture

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