This trip gives you a chance to see and experience the real life of The Gambia. Day 1: The trip includes the morning at Makasutu Cultural Forest, a palm forest situated on the banks of a beautiful meandering tributary of the Gambia River, encompassing many different eco-systems including dense forest, savannah and mangrove. The area is home to many varieties of birds, monkeys, lizards and deer which you may see on the canoe trip or guided nature walk-if really lucky you may also see baboons. There is an opportunity to observe local people going about their daily lives in the bush, including palm wine tappers, local fishermen and women collecting oysters from the mangroves. Enjoy a traditional West African lunch and watch dancers and drum troupes perform on the natural stage, under the shade of the majestic Baobab tree. From Makasutu you will be driven to Kanilai, the village where the President of The Republic of The Gambia was born. You will stay at Sindola Safari Camp, a unique bush camp, constructed on nearly 30,000sq. of partially landscaped tropical surroundings, where the President has his private home and has created this beautiful environment amidst numerous palm and baobab trees, flowering shrubs and bougainvilleas. The camp is modern with many facilities, including a swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms. Relax by the pool or maybe take a horse cart to the village to meet the local people, and learn more about the Jola tribe and their culture, before returning to camp for dinner and cultural entertainment from the Kosamayu group.
Day 2 : After breakfast, you will be driven to Tendaba Camp, situated at the riverside of Kiang West National Park, approximately 62km from Brikama. On arrival, there will be a 1 half hour boat trip along the creeks where you will have a chance to see some of the many species of birds which live in the mangroves. After lunch you will be driven to Bwiam, a lively village where you will meet the people and take a Gambian "Ataya" (tea ceremony). You will have dinner and stay overnight at Bwiam lodge.
Day 3 : After breakfast, you will return, stopping at Brikama,home of the famous local woodcarving market. You will have a chance to observe how the crafts are made and possibly pick up a bargain depending on your negotiating skills! Next stop is Lamin Lodge, which stands on stilts over the creek in the middle of the mangroves, where you will be served lunch and the monkeys may join you. From here you have a wonderful view over the creeks and a good opportunity to see many birds before returning to your hotels.