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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

384 Reviews
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RedHeadPeter wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom518 contributions265 helpful votes
Based on a series of lakes and channels it teems with wildlife. Taken round with other groups on large and verysafe dinghys with life jackets. Many kinds of birds but the Pelicans were most impressive, gang-fishing, in-line flying and the vast baby pelican nursery.
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Date of experience: February 2020
ThessaRoads wrote a review Jan 2020
Austria4 contributions
It is an about 2 hours drive from st. louis, but the "road" is in very bad shape. You need to hire a car from st. louis, at the park you have to pay entrance, then you have to buy another ticket for the car so the driver is allowed to take you in, then you have to pay for a completely useless guide who only talkes french and isn't explaining anything, than you need to pay for the boat. As you get off the boat a hat will be handed around for tips. The birds are nice and the number of pelicans really amazed me, but if our Senegalese friend would not have argued for 1,5 hours with the staff at the entrance we would have payed 120 euro for a day trip without food and water.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Phil P wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom19 contributions7 helpful votes
driving around you can see lots of birds if you have binoculars or a telescope, without these you will struggle. There is an amazing variety but unless you are an expert or have an expert birding guide it will be hard to realise how mega this place is and you could come away disappointed. Your 'ordinary' tourist will be shown warthog, some small crocodiles and by taking a boat ride (1.5 hrs) a nesting colony of pelicans -which is the highlight. There are lots of herons, whistling duck and shorebirds but no facilities like hides or visitor centre that can help beginners. - A place for experts really, but a super place for them
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Date of experience: December 2019
RosemarieNorth wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand160 contributions61 helpful votes
There’s an inscrutable ticketing system - you pay four different people: for entry, a compulsory but brusque guide, a boat trip and a rather compulsory-feeling tip to the boat skipper. We started our visit, after the long, hot and bumpy drive, feeling a bit out of sorts. A family of warthogs, a golden wolf, lizards and a spectacular view of pelicans and many other birds helped restore our spirits. As did a Nescafé and egg omelette at the jetty. It was also a surprise to us that in this huge park, the visit would consist of driving to the jetty, a boat ride, and then exiting again immediately. Go with realistic expectations about the welcome you’ll get from the humans. Try to go early in the morning (test the accommodation?) to make the most of avian habits and better light conditions. Wear a sports bra for the drive!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Paul B wrote a review Nov 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,130 contributions221 helpful votes
Great trip here from St Louis. Bit of a tortuous bumpy road journey but worth it. Go round the reserve on a boat and see many birds but the highlight is the thousands of nesting pelicans. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: November 2019