Albeit too late (we visited quite a while ago) I just want to say that for my husband and I this was one of our most memorable life experiences . We found Bird Safari Camp to be a magical place which provided us with unique opportunities to meet local people and the privilege of finding out something of their lives and culture. Also the thrill of being so close to the wildlife has been unequalled. I would not have swapped any of it for a sanitised safe safari which unfortunately a lot of reviewers seem to have wanted. So Mark, if you read this thank you for giving us the time of our life.
Closed down. Its no longer operating ,its finished,tax reasons,kaput.non longer operating,only janjanbureh guest house left in the area,nothing left here.The other guesthouse in the area is the Boabolong guesthouse,very nice ,situated on the river you can have various excursions including boat trips to see the chimps,crocodiles and hippo,they also do fishing trips for Tigerfish and Vundu Catfish,nice place to stay.
Sadly, this once beautiful camp is now a shadow of its former self. Dirty, uncared for with staff (if you can find any) who have no idea of how to look after tourists. While the camp used to have excellent facilities,now it is run down and just a shell. Avoid at all costs.
I was looking for a place outside the village and ended up in this place that was now in ruins. Wat was left were a few tents with a stone sanitary part. There was no running water So I got water from the river that I had to purify. There were two men who looked after the remains of once a nice place. I think TripAdvisor should remove this place from their site.
As others have said words can't begin to describe the thrill of the adventure with Hidden Gambia which is run by Mark Thompson. Due to tough circumstances beyond Mark Thompson's control we were unable to stay at his Bird Safari Camp, which he has worked so hard to create, creating welcome business and employment for locals. Mark went the extra mile to reorganise our trip with 3 nights at the Baobolong Annexe in Janjanbureh, one night at Tendaba and two at Nemasu lodge on the coast. It was non-stop excitment with 7 boat trips, a stunning sunset combined with full moon rise, beating drums by a BBQ banquet, beautiful birds, thrilling wildlife and freshly cooked food with local ingredients. Adventures like this are difficult for us with challenging arthritic problems but Mark's thoughtful touches to secure seats we could manage and hire bikes for us one morning made this holiday of a lifetime possible. The Hidden Gambia staff were friendly and excellent to spend time with. Our room at Tendaba was very acceptable - in fact much larger and lighter than the one at the Annexe and hence much easier to manage. The food at Tendaba was weak compared with elsewhere but more than compensated by the magnificent boat trip though the mangroves. We just pray that Bird Safari Camp will return to Hidden Gambia very soon so that future travellers and all the local businesses and staff can continue to benefit from Mark Thompson's dedication to the Gambia for many years to come. Thanks!…