- I loved this tour and was so glad that we were able to visit The Gambia as well as Senegal following the relaxing of the FCO restrictions.
Highlights were many: the National Park at Djoudj, amazing if you're into birds and even if you're not, the sight of thousands and thousands of pelicans on their breeding island is quite incredible.
Saint-Louis - a lovely city to walk around with fascinating colonial architecture and bougainvillea-draped balconies. The visit to the crowded and seemingly frantic fishing village of Guet Ndar was a brief insight into the local fishing industry - hundreds of colourful pirogues moored on one side of the village in the Senegal river and rows of fish drying on straw on the opposite side next to the sea.
The Ile de Goree is charming and well worth spending a night here to experience the place after the day-trippers have gone.
Another lovely, small island was Fadiouth, seemingly wholly built on billions of cockle shells and with an interesting cemetery hosting both Muslim and Catholic resting places.
I also loved the river cruise in The Gambia with the very capable Sabille as our cook, she made a delicious porridge for breakfast made from crushed rice, ground peanuts and a touch of Baobab juice. Sleeping on the deck at night under a mosquito net and moored in the middle of the Gambia river was magical.
Two of the hotels we stayed in were particularly good - Hotel Savana in Dakar and the Keur Saloum in the delta region at Toubacouta.
Lastly, this review would not be complete without mentioning the lovely Baba, our Gambian tour guide and his countryman, Ousmane, the driver. Baba's smiling face and easy personality gave the tour a relaxed feel and his concern with our welfare was paramount. We always knew how long the drives should be and where the next toilet stop and/or mini market would be located. The birders in the group also appreciated his knowledge and keen interest in the bird life and helped us clock up a sighting list of over 130!
Published on: 02 March 2017