We stayed in the Senegambia Hotel for two weeks from the end of November 2013. A lot has been written about the hotel and its local area on Trip Advisor so we won't waste time repeating all this apart from saying that we had a lovely time in The Gambia, that the hotel was good although the rooms a little dated, were made up for by the wonderful grounds with their wealth of birds, monkeys and lizards. The local restaurants were good and cheap and we particularly liked the Scala.
But the best things about our holiday were our birdwatching excursions with the birdwatching centre based in the hotel near the main entrance. We went for 3 trips with Modou from the centre. The first was to Brufut nature reserve in the early morning where we met up with one of the park rangers. It was magical walking along a country lane when every few steps we were alerted to the sight or sound of beautiful birds with such exotic names such as green wood hoopoe, splendid sunbird and laughing dove. We were even shown a long-tailed nightjar asleep in some undergrowth.
Our second trip was to Kotu Bridge. This was in the late afternoon and very hot. Being near the sewage works it was rather fragrant but such habitat is great for wildlife. We saw white-faced whistling duck, black-headed heron, black winged stilt along with red-billed firefinch and many birds of woodland and open country as we crossed the farmland near the creek.
Our final trip was another early morning excursion to Lamin Lodge where we saw the sunrise over the creek. We took a traditional boat through the mangroves and saw a Goliath heron, the largest of the herons. We walked through farmland and saw a pearl-spotted owlet and several species of kingfisher, including the Malachite Kingfisher. We finished the excursion with a delicious breakfast of local bread, omelettes, little fresh doughnuts with honey, fruit and coffee on the open air top floor of Lamin Lodge; entertained by monkeys who wanted to, and did, share our food.
We couldn't recommend the bird centre trips more highly. Our guide Modou was incredibly knowledgeable and very patient in getting us to see birds that were very often largely hidden in dense foliage. The trips were very inexpensive and any bird lover, experienced or not, would be thrilled by the experience. We saw over 100 species in the two weeks we were in The Gambia and the knowledge we gained on the trips enhanced our bird spotting in the hotel grounds which are themselves like a nature reserve and where we saw over 30 species.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda