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“Birdwatching with Ansu, Bird Guide association Kotu”
Review of Kotu Beach

Kotu Beach
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Kotu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

In Dec 2013/Jan 2014 I stayed for 7 nights in Hotel Kombo Beach. Kombo Beach is an excellent location to familiarize yourself with the richness of birds species which The Gambia has to offer. Various different habitats are in the immediate vicinity including the hotel garden itself passionately maintained year round by Karamba Jammek and his team. Adjacent to the hotel, at the bridge is the site located of the Bird Guide Association Kotu, headed by (professor) Ansu Jawara. A local tour on arrival with Ansu as your guide is probably the best and quickest way to get your initial introduction to the birds of the Gambia and Senegal. Ansu is an educated, professional bird guide and keen on sharing his knowledge with you. I walked with him for two hours near the river and lake side and through the rice fields and armed with the field guide "Birds of the Gambia and Senegal" from Clive Barlow and Tim Wacher we spotted around 50 species ( and then I do not count yet our Palearctic migrants ) with ample time to observe their behaviour. Without his enthusiastic guiding for sure I would not have spotted half of them by lack of knowledge of the terrain and what you can expect there. Due to personal reasons I was not in a position to do some bird watching further away from the hotel but be aware that Ansu is available and more than happy to guide you through various other areas in The Gambia (birdsingambia.com).
Jan de Vries, The Netherlands

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

This beach is nice and flat and has a great bar in Dominoes. can get quite busy though so go early for a good spot.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

it is a lovely beach the only thing that puts you off is being hasseled by fruit ladies and sellers. andit is nice to take a walk and see the fishing men pull the nets in and walk to next village. and see men playing football on beach.

Thank courtneyNorwich
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We rang in 2014 with dancing in the sand to Reggae Music on the beach at Kotu in The Gambia. Fireworks and fun. The Gambia is not called Africa's Smiling Coast for nothing - smiling, friendly people who live in very poor conditions but never complain and welcome you joyfully into their homes where they share food with you. The sun shines and there is no time difference between the UK and The Gambia. A marvellous place and a wonderful way to begin what we hope will be a Happy, Peaceful and Blessed 2014 for our friends here in the UK and in The Gambia.

Thank jillyeomans
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Really nice stretch of beach - best in the area. Beach bars dotted along it for a cold one or simply a paddle at the waters edge.

Thank ehutch2
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