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DAY 1: A morn­ing flight from UK to Ban­jul, fol­lowed by trans­fer to our ho­tel. On ar­rival there should be time to en­joy some bird­ing in the ho­tel’s spa­cious grounds, where White-crowned Robin-chat, Yel­lowcrowned Gonolek and Red-billed Horn­bill are just three of the many colour­ful species that can be found. Overnight – Senegam­bia Beach Ho­tel.

DAYS 2-4: We will spend these three days ex­plor­ing some of the many ex­cel­lent bird­watch­ing sites that are lo­cated within easy reach of our ho­tel. These in­clude The Gam­bia’s best-known re­serve, Abuko, a fine ex­am­ple of ma­ture river­ine for­est with se­cluded pools, sur­rounded by more open sa­van­nah wood­land. We’ll also visit the coastal Tanji Re­serve where African Hobby and Red-necked Fal­con are of­ten seen. The bushes here hold Palearc­tic mi­grants such as Melo­di­ous and Oli­va­ceous War­blers as well as res­i­dent Swal­low-tailed and Lit­tle Bee-eaters, Yel­low-fronted Tinker­bird, Ori­ole War­bler, Bearded Bar­bet and Vari­able Sun­bird. The shore­line may have Au­douin’s Gull among the many Grey-headed Gulls, Caspian and Royal Terns. An even bet­ter place to see shore­birds will be the Bund Road on the edge of Ban­jul. Here we can look for Slen­der-billed Gulls and Pinkbacked Pel­i­cans and fa­mil­iar species such as Ruddy Turn­stone, Ringed Plover and San­der­ling. The Fara­banta bush track is well known for its owls and raptors. Overnights – Senegam­bia Beach Ho­tel.

DAYS 5-6: We leave the coast and head ‘up­river’ for a two-night stay at Tend­aba Camp, lo­cated on the south bank of the Gam­bia River. Here we will en­joy one of the high­lights, a cruise among the mangroves, ex­plor­ing the creeks and chan­nels. On land, in the sur­round­ing area, there is also plenty to see in a va­ri­ety of habi­tats and this is a good place to find Abyssinian Ground Horn­bill, Bruce’s Green Pi­geon and Long-crested Ea­gle. Dur­ing this pe­riod we have a chance to en­counter the rare Egyp­tian Plover, which would cer­tainly be one of the high­lights of the tour Overnights – Tend­aba Camp.

DAY 7: We be­gin our jour­ney back to the coast, bird­watch­ing en route, for our fi­nal night. Overnight – Senegam­bia Beach Ho­tel.

DAY 8: Bird­ing at coastal sites be­fore driv­ing to Ban­jul Air­port to catch our re­turn flight to the UK.

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