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“Great place to visit.”

Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Banjul
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Owner description: Five flat islands comprise this national park, which is also known as Baboon Island. Primates are plentiful, as well as reptiles and birds.
Reviewed April 6, 2012

We found Bushwhackers tours (www.bushwhackertours.com), a small local run company, via the Timbooktoo (in Fajara) bookshop and ASSET and it was an excellent experience all round. Two great trips; friendly and well-informed guides who were happy to fit our extra interests in with the trips we booked.
The two-day trip to the chimpanzee rehabilitation centre was great for wildlife. After the ferry trip and the car journey through the centre of the country (getting warmer and drier by the minute) we headed off on a boat trip in the River Gambia National Park, spotting: hippos, chimps, endless species of birds and a resting croc; followed by dinner and a night in tent-houses, waking up to the birds and monkeys….all at a reasonable price too. Only wish we had stayed longer!
If we do make it back in the wet season we’ll certainly be back to use your company.

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Reviewed March 19, 2012

To me visiting the chimpanzee rehabilitation centre was more of an adventure than a 2 day tourist jolly. Taking 3 hours to get to your destination by ferry from banjul to Barra then car to the backwaters of the river then by boat to your final destination is an experiance in itself,your seeing the real Gambia,mud huts,monkeys on the road etc,you are literally 'out in the sticks'. The lodge i found superb,out tents on the hill were fantastic,our host Mathew made us very welcome and was very informatve regarding Stellas project with the chimps! The wild animals were viewed from a moter boat,the included crocs,hippo's,warthogs and of course the chimps as well as spider monkeys! The chicken yassa was excellant washed down with a bottle of white wine,sitting on the lodge veranda watching the beautiful sunset over the river will stay with me till my dying day,in the morning you can if you desire go on a guided trek,here you will see troups of wild baboons and maybe glimpse a hippo in the river sunning itself, for any 'Twitchers' this is paradise,the variety of birdlife we saw was phenominal! We were lucky enough to have a Mr Pa Jammeh who is the resident angling expert at the Laico Atlantic Hotel organize this overnight excursion for us and as the saying goes,thanks to Pa 'The price was right'. Not to be missed !

9  Thank angler29
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

very peaceful, lots of birds around, a very enjoyable experience

2  Thank magicain
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Went to the Baboon Islands this weekend and I was truly amazed by how beautiful this place is. If you have spent some time in the tourist area of The Gambia, an 2-day trip to Baboon Island shows you the true beauty of The Gambia. Already the ride to the place is worth it. We took the Southbank route, which took us for 4hours through a very nice scenery and nice villages.
The accommodation itself is basic, but comfortable. The food is basic local cuisine, but is prepared with a lot of care.
One of the highlights of the weekend was of course the boat trip to see the chimps, but the day after we took another excursion which was a combination of a boat trip and a small hike. This boat trip shows you the beautiful nature of the river and the hike brings you to amazing cliffs overviewing the river and the national park. Also you get to see the rice fields of the local community, hippo's, a wide range of birds, etc. during the trip. All well explained by the very capable local guides.
I would definitely advise to go for a 2-day trip.
This is a must-do when you're in The Gambia!

12  Thank WarreB
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

About three months before going to Gambia & Senegal we contacted Saidou Jallow of Simon Tours through the internet. His website - a lovely iniative from a dutch couple- told us some more about him and the possibillities.
We ended up booking a 3 day tour for € 280,00 per person. Quit a big amount of money compared to the prices we paid in other countries for similar private tours.

At 6 o clock we met in front of our hotel. Simon took us to the ferry terminal in Banjul where we made the cross over to Barra, quit an experience. After a visit to Fathala in Senegal we travelled to Kuntaur. There we took the boat to the National Park. We did see one hippo, but unfortunately the tides were'nt ideal. Than a ranger hopped on board and showed us the Chimps. It was unbeliveble and absolutely stunning to see these animals in the semi-wild. After a short stop at Wassu, to see the stone circles, we arrived at the Baobolong camp. Don't expect to much, other than the lovely set up of this camp. The following day we did go for another hippo safari and actually spotted 4 of them, as well as a monitor lizzard and lots of birds. After a drive of several hours we arrived in the village of Dongora Ba where we were welcomed by the Jallow family. Experiencing real Gambian life was the highlight of our trip. Personally I felt great thankfullness of the conditions we live in. On the other hand, I have seldom seen more people happy with little then the people there. It made me realize you don't need much to be happy and every luxury we permit ourselves is actually just air, nothing more or less. We hope that Saidou Jallows family understood how gratefull we were for their hospitality. I for sure will never forget playing Jan Huigen in de ton with the village childeren, learning Fula words and songs in the moonlight and having the lovely rice domoda... It was the best night sleep for years!
The following day we drove all the way back to Soma, took the ferry to Farafenni, drove through the wetlands to Barra and dropped Aladin off before taking the ferry to Banjul.

Simon is a lovely person, working hard to provide for his wife and kids and his family in Dongora Ba. Our driver, Aladin has to be the greatest driver and travelcompanion of all: relaxed, funny besides his amazing skills of interacting with people, no matter where, no matter who.
Simon and Aladin form a great team and if we ever go back we would definately go on a roadtrip with them again!

Want to know more? www.westeinder.net (it is in Dutch, but contact Simon directly if you need to know more!)

9  Thank 1981Mirjam2010
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