Bird lovers will get their money in Gambia. The country is home to more than 500 spectacular species of birds . They live in six protected areas and are under the protection of the Gambian Department of Parks and Wildlife. The Abuko Nature Reserve is home to the greatest number of bird species in the whole of Gambia. Other bird sanctuaries are found in the coastal town of Tanji, the Kiang West National Park and on Jinack Island in Niumi National Park.
Outside the protected areas it is frequently observed in Gambia birds. Already on the Atlantic Coast to meet, for example, gray-headed gulls, stilts, beach and common sandpiper or even on different tern species. Further afield you can discover one or the other Anhinga, the hammerhead and the Holy Ibis in the mangrove forests. Shy, but no less impressive, are living here Rotel Pelikane, goliath heron, pelicans, African Fish Eagle, Senegal Lapwing, Pied Kingfisher and Malachiteisvögel. In the partly park-like gardens of the hotel, you also find the more widespread palm and back vulture, the black feathered Shield Raven, the Sunbird, the Weaver and many more. The Senegambia Hotelabout leading daily bird feeding through, which bring together up to 100 Hooded Vulture. Birder can on one of the many offered the animals ornithological tours through The Gambia from up close. But there have also half-day and day trips which if local providers can be booked flexibly on site.
Both the Gambia River and the Atlantic Ocean , which surrounds the capital Banjul on three sides, have a large number of fish species and are a paradise for anglers and sport fishermen. Since the fish is no problem on both the rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia applies among sport fishermen as real recommendation. Even amateurs will have the opportunity to get a really big catch on the hook. Some anglers even go up to 20 kg barracudas into the net.
Commonly it is said that from November to April, a barracuda fishing in Gambia’s even a virtual certainty can be fished both on the beaches of the Atlantic coast around Sanyang, Gunjur or Kartong as well on the banks of the Gambia River. Here the fish can also work well with other activities such as boat tours combine sightseeing or birdwatching. The deep-sea fishing is popular with tourists. You have the unique opportunity to go out in boats or catamarans to the sea and to fishing, the really big fish. The own equipment can be brought. For those who prefer to travel light in the fishing holiday to West Africa, but there is also the possibility to rent a fishing equipment for little money on the spot.
Tip:In November ambitious amateur anglers also came in The Gambia International Boat Fishing Championships at their expense. Also for the coming years, the event is scheduled again. For more information about the festival and to fishing trips to Gambia are available from us as well as our partner Fish The Gambia.