How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Fantastic. Babagallie was very professional throughout, lots of fun and very considerate of all members of the group. A very intelligent person, with a love of history and wildlife, he was very helpful and informative. He gave us a number of talks after dinner on various aspects of the history and culture of the region. Our driver was also excellent. They made a brilliant team.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Do not go on this tour if there are more than 12 people booked on it. We had 17 and it was far too many. Some of the transport used for birdwatching was not big enough to enable good birdwatching. There was a lot of travelling in the bus, 12 hours on one day, and although there were enough seats for everybody, it was quite cramped, and for a lot of the time the air conditioning was not coping with the extreme heat and humidity. Once this had been fixed it was quite a bit more comfortable.
Be well prepared for very basic especially in the Gambia. I loved it, but some people were surprised by how basic it was.
All in all, the people were lovely in Senegal and in Gambia. I felt there was more of interest in Gambia overall"
Do you have anything else to add?
No more than 12 on this tour. For the Gambia river cruise, only 12 people could sleep on the upper deck. The 5 poor souls who had to sleep on the lower deck suffered from diesel fumes. I enjoyed the trip overall but had it been my first Explore trip, I may not go on another one. I will be very wary of the group size on any other trips I may book. I notice that the new brochure no longer states maximum group size and I think this is a retrograde step. One of the reasons for choosing and Explore holiday is the small group size.