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“Interesting but very quiet”

Abuko Nature Reserve
Ranked #4 of 22 things to do in Banjul
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Owner description: This comparatively small and easily accessible wildlife reserve is home to a number of indigenous African birds.
Torquay, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Interesting but very quiet”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We went on a day excursion from a cruise ship in Banjul.
The demo of palm tree climbing, juice tapping and the walk through the forest was interesting, but only worth doing on the basis of "we aren't likely to be coming to this part of The Gambia again". The constant demand for tips can be very wearing, though.

Visited February 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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128 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Hardly worth a visit”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

I made one of my Gambian friends take me here last year. There was little to see in return for a long walk in the heat. The guide insisted that we needed him, but gave hardly any information and neither the entry fee nor the guide's fee were cheap.

Visited April 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Animal Orphanage needs some financial help”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Second visit to this lovely natural place, great for birds and walking as mentioned previously - however the small animal orphanage as it is called within this place needs financial help from what I can see. There are some Hyena's in a large cage however hidden next to the pelican is another cage with some very poorly looking Hyenas with sores etc, I'm not judging but from what I understand, this place needs some help to make sure the animals are cared for more, ie more food, medical help for animals and better quality of surroundings that they live in day after day. The baboons could do with ropes and tyres hanging and things to amuse them and play with for example. As its mainly tourists that visit this place, they could increase the entrance fee which could help. I have may ideas as to how this could be improved and would love to be able to help in someway. That said, the wild monkeys are used to people and they will come and see you especially if you buy monkey nuts and will gently take them out of you hand which is a fantastic experience and one of the main reasons i viisit the place.

Visited February 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great if you like wildlife & walking”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Great chance to see some of The Gambia's wildlife but be prepared for 2hrs of walking in a wood/forest If you go without a guide there are guides hanging around the entrance and they vary from very good to rubbish Unless you know the birds it can be difficult to chose a competent one. I've had "guides" describe birds as little brown jobs and others that not only correctly identify but give you Latin names as well now that's just showing off! Ask for a try before you buy agree a price and get them to walk with you for 10 mins and let them show you the birds you'll soon know what you've got You can go it alone as it is difficult to get lost just follow the path but the good guide will show you so much more than you'll see going it alone and are well worth the 400D fee for their services

Visited January 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Rustig park, pinda's voeren aan apen.”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We went here after visiting the Serrekunda market and then you notice how peaceful it is
If you are there for birds you can get a guide with binoculairs. If you are not don't think they are freebies and say no.
After paying the fee and entering the park another man comes up with a donation form for maintenance on the park. They should include that in the ticket price and don't hassle on every opportunity.

We spotted some beautiful trees and we came across some monkeys. (we dont have the expert eye for birds so we didnt notice them) Also some termite hills.
Somewhere halfway there were some animals caged up. Baboons, 2 pelicans, a turtle and some hyena's.
The smaller monkeys run around and you can buy a bag of peanuts there to feed them. (about 25D for a bag) The bigger ones come pick them out of your hand and they can be quite greedy so you have to throw some around for the smaller ones to also enjoy some.

More walking ahead you come through a souvenir area.

This trip is for you if you like to walk a small hour and like to see some nature and animals.

Afterwards we also stopped at the nearby goat and sheep market.

Visited January 2013
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