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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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Having just returned from an 11 day trip to the Gambia, incorporating 4 days with Hidden Gambia, I felt compelled to write a fair and honest account of our experience for people considering a trip, who may have been put off by some of the earlier poor reviews. First things first, this is not the trip for people whose idea of a good holiday is to lay on a beach all day, or by the pool at a luxury resort. The camps that are owned by - or used by - Hidden Gambia are basic (some more than others, more details to follow!) but the beauty of getting out of the main tourist strip and ‘up river’ is that you see a side to the Gambia which you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. The River Gambia is extraordinarily beautiful, serene and has an abundance of wildlife. During our 4 days with
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My wife and I are Americans living in Dakar, Senegal. We drove to the camp over a 4 day weekend and stayed 3 nights. I have stayed in many hotels and camps in Africa. This one was very unique and an all around great place by West African standards. Accomodations: You can choose between a tent or a hut. The huts were all full when we arrived, so we chose a tent, which was what we wanted anyway. Other guest reported that the huts were dark inside, even during the day. The tents are much brighter and have porches facing the river. Inside the tent we had a double bed and a single bed, and a bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower separated from the rest of the tent by a plastic tarp. The floor of the tent was cement covered with tile. Our particular floor was crumbling a
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I was not excited about this one having had a bad overnighter in Tendaba, but this is one of the best locations in the region. The camp is well managed and maintained with the staff helpful and considerate. The birding scouts were knowledgeable, informed and importantly were good spotters. i enjoyed the birding, and even the food was good ( I'm vegetarian and this has proved tricky in Gambia) I would recommend this location
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Jane and I loved the place. The friendliness and efficiency of Mark, the proprietor, and his staff was exceptional. Great location right on the river. Our accommodation was in interestingly designed tents, front canvas for sleeping, back permanent structure for washing etc! Very clean. Bit noisy at night from the local partying bird life, the Senegalese Thickknees! Many good trips expertly guided, birding, local village trips and treks down river to see the hippos. Not to mention the resident monkeys! Mark organised djembe (drum) lessons for our party, and we finished the night with a lovely campfire party, guests and locals singing and drumming the night away. If you enjoy connecting with the local nature in a relaxed but well organised way, this place is for you. See Hidden
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Stayed here for 4 days - firstly, lets be clear- the strength of the camp is the location of the accommodation and the amazing journey up with all the assembled wildlife and birds as mentioned in other reviews, organised through the excellent Hidden Gambia. The food is great, staff are lovely and the atmosphere at the camp very convivial. As you are staying on an island 300 km from tourist hotels in the middle of a forest - if you are expecting a full english breakfast and an irish pub this is not the place for you, also transportation by minibus is a little ramshackle but I loved the whole trip, it gives an idea of the way of life of Gambians as you get driven through villages and towns and see what goes on. What you get is a huge variety of interesting activities and
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