(West African Bird Study Association member)
a Gambian, I know the country and its birdlife intimately, and
having spent ten years guiding enthusiasts and newcomers throughout
the Gambia region, I would welcome the chance to show you the
whole spectrum of species that this area has to offer.
Whether you are satisfied with the coastal zone
or would like to experience the up-river up-country areas, I can
arrange transport and accomodation to suit your interests. It
is my desire to give us the very best chance of not only ticking
what you are looking for but also enjoying some really good viewing
and a feel for the areas that we visit!!!
me take care of your birding holiday!
"On our recent first visit
to The Gambia we benefitted hugely from Ebrima organising
and guiding our up country birding trip. His local knowledge
is superb and his enthusiasm is an absolute pleasure."
- Pete & Hillary Morgan.
to Guide in: Senegal.
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Mobile: (220) 9908916
Colley is based at the Senegambia Hotel
in the Kololi coastal area about 30 kilometres from Banjul.
For the past seven
years he has been training and working as a bird guide in the
Gambia and is the secretary of WABSA (West African Bird Study
Modou leads small
groups to all the local sites on a daily basis and therefore has
a constant awareness of where the more difficult birds can be
found. He is familiar with the calls of over 200 species and is
extremely sharp-eyed, having grown up in the Faraba Banta area
which is renowned for its birds of prey. Modou is also happy to
go further afield and will arrange a vehicle and driver according
to the needs of the passengers and type of journey.
cannot recommend Modou too highly. He is an expert on the
local sites, a wizard at birdcalls and patient with
photographers! All our trips with him were on time and delivered
His good humour and unfailing consideration for all members
of the party were outstanding.”
- Tristan and Helen Bantock-January 2004
Also available to Guide
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with Junkung (JJ) is always a delightful experience because of
my extensive experience in the field. I come from the tourist
village of Tendaba which is 150km to the east of Banjul. Being
brought up in such a community, I have always been engaged in
such activities. On completion of my education I went straight
to the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management where I trained
professionally for eight years. Since that time I have been engaged
in escorting visitors who wish to enjoy the beauty of nature in
An excursion with
JJ will always be a memorable experience because of the depth
of knowledge which I bring to such outings. Whether we are visiting
the local beauty spots of Abuko or Tangi Beach or travelling further
afield to Sindola or Tendaba, you will be delighted with the magic
I can bring to these occasions. If required I will hire suitable
transport for these trips and arrange accommodation for overnight
If at all possible
try to contact me before your visit so that preliminary arrangements
can be made before your arrival.
P.O. Box 2313
is an excellent birder, extremely sharp eyed and good
on calls. He is also very good company and is keen is
share his knowledge of birds and his country. We found
JJ reliable and well organised.”
Dawn Balmer &
Also available to Guide
in: Gambia only.
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Kanteh is a very knowledgeable bird guide and has been a Member
of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) since 1992 and
a life member since 1995. Visitors accompanying Tijan can expect to fully
utilise their time in The
Gambia as he is renowned locally for being one of the best guides available
–locally he is known as ‘Tijan the birdman’.
knowledge of the local area and birding habitat, coupled with his expert
knowledge of Gambian ornithology, mean that visitors can expect to see
some of the rarest birds in the world, both resident and migratory. These
include Brown-backed Woodpeckers, Brubru, Swallow-tail Bee Eaters,
Crowned Crake, Crested Eagles, Sparrow Larks and Quail
Finches. Tijan also prides himself on being a Nightjar specialist
his own fully insured people carrier which can cater for up to 10 people
and can also be used for airport departure/collection. Tijan is also happy
to advise people on The Gambia in general (simply send him an email) and
he also has excellent written and verbal English.
offer excellent fixed rate prices of £10 per person per day (plus
petrol). He is flexible with times suitable to you and can offer reduced
rates for larger groups. Other guides will sometimes be available ‘on
spec’ but you do really get what you pay for in The Gambia and bird
guides are no exception.
If you are
planning a trip to The Gambia and are interested in using Tijan as a guide
then please contact him directly for details on one the above methods
or via his postal address below.
usually reply within 3 working days, where he will inform you of his availability
and discuss any initial requirements you may have:
contact Tijan by mail please write to:
PO Box 2108
you in The Gambia"……!
"We had an excellent day
out with Tijan. His birding skills are exceptional, particularly
his knowledge of calls. Tijan has his own transport which he uses
for local trips; a small van that would comfortably seat six. He
met us on our arrival at the Gambia outside our hotel and confirmed
arrangements for our day out. We found Tijan good company and extremely
helpful and gave excellent value for money."
to Guide in: Senegal
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