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Senegal and Gambia River Cruise SE

Trip Duration 13 Days

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Senegal and Gambia River CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
(9 out of 10)


St Albans
It was an unusual and very interesting tour, geared mainly to birdwatching, which was outstanding. We spent a lot of time on many different types of boat and travelling on small pirogues amongst the mangroves was fascinating. Our tour leader Baba was one of the very best we have had. We didn't need very much money in The Gambia, as we only paid for drinks and a donation to a local school. On arrival at The Gambian border we were unexpectedly faced with a requirement to get a visa (c. £60). We still don't know if this is official Gambian policy, as the websites say UK citizens don't need a visa. In the event Gambian Tours paid for the visas, for which we were very grateful.
Confirmed traveller: 12 November 2016
Published on: 18 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


Our tour leader Baba, was wonderful - so knowledgeable on the 2 countries, their history, culture & wildlife. Birds were a speciality & I believe we clocked up almost 140 species. The trips on small boats along rivers and up creeks through mangrove swamps were the best. Our driver Usman was always smiling and jovial, and safe and careful, even after a long, tiring drive to our next destination.
One of the highlights for me was the visit to the Djoudj NP, and seeing the pelican colony, as well as seeing so many ospreys in the Langue de Barberie NP.
Baba was also a great fixer - if anything was wrong, or an emergency arose, he was able to sort out the problem for us straight away.
An excellent trip!
Confirmed traveller: 11 November 2016
Published on: 15 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


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.
Confirmed traveller: 02 April 2016
Published on: 13 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


There were so many enjoyable parts - river delta, Gormee Island, ST. Louis and walking round Dakar.

Although I try not to have preconceived ideas about anywhere, I was very happy walking about the place on my own or otherwise. No uncomfortable feelings about personal safely at all.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 April 2016
Published on: 13 April 2016