- This trip is especially enjoyable if you like birdwatching and being on boats which we do but it has to be said that not everyone in the group felt quite the same. However, all professed themselves happy with the trip overall. The trip leader Babagalleh Jallow was a wonderful man and an excellent guide. Nothing was too much trouble for him and every problem was anticipated and every question answered to the full. Senegal and Gambia are very friendly and people are generally very happy to see visitors and keen to talk although some understanding of French helps in Senegal. It has to be said that landscapes are rather flat and dusty and on the longer drives this can become a bit tiring. Accommodation throughout is generally good even though a few are more basic with sometimes no electricity but this is usually compensated for being in beautiful settings by the river. While realising that litter in Africa is often a by product of tourism we did feel that dealing with rubbish was a very low priority in Senegal and everywhere there is blighted by rubbish, even quite remote areas. The Gambia by contrast seemed much better at dealing with rubbish. Longer on The Gambia riverboat with chance to see Georgetown we feel could be an adjustment that might be an improvement.
So, a good trip we feel, perhaps not among our best but very glad to have been, not least for experiencing the great tour leader Baba.
Published on: 13 April 2016