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MacCarthy Island Central River Region, Janjanbureh Gambia
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MacCarthy Island Central River Region, Janjanbureh Gambia
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From being collected from our hotel to being delivered back to the coast, our time at Bird Safari Camp was quite unique. We travelled 200 miles - by road and then boat up the Gambia river, seeing birds, chimpanzees and monkeys on the lush riverbanks, arriving at the island camp at dusk. We stayed in comfy, spacious tents overlooking the river, with our own solar heated shower. The whole camp is run as eco-friendly as possible – powered entirely by solar, composting, and growing their own veg. Because of its remote location, it’s full board with tasty meals taken communally with other adventurers, birders and guides. Mark Thompson who runs the camp and Hidden Gambia was extremely helpful with all our arrangements, during booking our trip from England and when we had a problem
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We stayed there for 5 nights it was great fun. The river trip to get there was most enjoyable, the mini bus part less so. Mark and the staff look after you exceptionally well. The food was good. We went on day break bird watching walks, fishing from the jetty and by boat. Trips on the river hippo spotting, we saw 4 or 5, plus numerous monkeys. Geogetown is a pleasant walk away and the town is friendly and the real Gambia. We opted for Tents they were good and spacious with showers and toilets. They are also well protected from mossies and sprayed by staff every evening. In summary a great place to stay, informal and enjoyable. Jane, Mark's fiancee is an Aussie gem with a laugh to remember for ever. Thanks to you all. Ray
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It might be many miles up the river but when you arrive at the camp Mark ensures all those miles of travelling are worthwhile by 'going the extra mile' himself to make stays there very enjoyable. The 'tent' we stayed in was much better than we thought it would be (I don't think the website does it justice). There were daily early morning Bird walks given by an enthusiastic guide followed by a buffet breakfast. During the day Mark organised transport to the local town, fishing trips, boat trips etc. Drink prices were very reasonable. Mark and Jayne were great hosts and we will defiantly return.
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My wife and I (and 2 other couples) spent 4 nights at the BSC. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a fantastic time there. The journey up river from the coast was mostly by solar powered boat, the Solar Queen, which comfortably held 9 tourists and a couple of staff and Mark, the owner. We saw plenty of birds, expertly spotted for us by our guide, Ansoo, and also a lot of monkeys and baboons. We spent a night at the Tendaba Camp, en route, and had an excellent boat ride through the mangroves, again with excellent guides. The night in a hut in the camp was very hot, but there was a pool which was a blessing. The next day we continued for a short time on the Solar Queen before transferring to an air-conditioned mini-bus for a short drive, before once again going on
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I stayed here for three nights with my 14 year old son. We loved it. There was no pressure upon us to do anything in particular, but plenty to do if you wanted. We swam in the river, walked into George Town, fished, and went in search of hippo's- which was fantastic. We located several, then went up river on the Lady Hippo where we swam off the boat whllst being watched from the trees by baboons. It was brilliant. Our tents were nice and the bedding clean- lots of termites though, but they didn't bite- or live long when hit with a flip flop. The food was really tasty. I don't eat meat so they cooked fish too- even the ones we caught ourselves. This is the place to go if you are the type of person who doesn't mind simple living conditions surrounded by wildlife, whilst being
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GambiaCentral River DivisionJanjanbureh
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bird Safari Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Bird Safari Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bird Safari Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bird Safari Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.