About The Gambia

About The Gambia

The Republic of The Gambia, commonly referred to as The Gambia, is the smallest country within mainland Africa. Located in West Africa, it is surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gambia is situated on both sides of the lower reaches of The Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through its centre and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 10, 689 square kilometres (4,127 Sq mi) with a population of 1,857,181 as of April 2013 census. Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serrekunda and Brikama.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gambia

KEBBA SOSSEH : PROFESSIONAL BIRD GUIDE & PHOTOGRAPHER

KEBBA SOSSEH : PROFESSIONAL BIRD GUIDE & PHOTOGRAPHER

About Me

 

My name is Kebba Sosseh. I’m a registered Gambian Bird Guide with Habitat Africa Bird Study Association and Conservation (WABSA).

The Gambia is paradise for birdwatchers with various birding habitats and interesting birds to see. Having over 20 years of local birding experience within The Gambia and some parts of Senegal, I am able to identify 475 bird species and over 250 bird calls or songs within the region.

I have been leading birding tours throughout The Gambia for over 15 years.

TITCHWELL NATURE RESERVE & HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY UK

TITCHWELL NATURE RESERVE & HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY UK

Highlights


In January 2003, I successfully completed Birdwatching Training Programme provided by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management at Abuko Nature Reserve.

From 2005 to 2009, I trained and worked under Solomon Jallow, who is one of the founding birding guides in The Gambia. Through his birding organization Solomon Habitat Africa, I led trips for Bird Finder and Hidden Gambia.

In August 2006, my passion for birds expanded when I discovered bird ringing at the Holme Bird Observatory in Holme-next-the-Sea in the Norfolk region of the UK. The first birds I banded were swallows and warblers that migrated to Africa, perhaps to The Gambia. I spent a month birding and learning European birds and attended the British BirdFair.

With a great passion for birds, I have been ringing birds with the Bird Ringing Training Programme at Kartong Bird Observatory since 2015. I currently hold Level 6 and am working towards Level 10 to obtain a Master Ringer’s Permit.

In May 2017, I began a six-month training course with the Association of Gambia Fisheries Observers which is under the Fisheries Department at the Monitoring Control Surveillance Unit (MCSU) where I had the opportunity to study pelagic birds while working as an Observer out at sea. I continue my work as an Observer during the rainy seasons. Through this work, I have studied Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Little Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Gannet, Brown Booby, Red-billed Tropicbird and Terns.

KEBBA SOSSEH : PROFESSIONAL BIRD GUIDE & PHOTOGRAPHER

KEBBA SOSSEH : PROFESSIONAL BIRD GUIDE & PHOTOGRAPHER

What I DO


I enjoy sharing The Gambia birds, nature and culture with visitors from all around the world. As many tourists have little time to explore for themselves, a local experienced guide will help you maximize your birdwatching, nature explorations, and/or cultural experiences. My 4×4 jeep enables me to reach even the most remote areas and easily handle the bumpy Gambian roads! For larger groups, I can arrange a suitable vehicle for your group.

I can also book your accommodations throughout The Gambia and Senegal.

The Gambia has a rich variety of over 680 bird species, including a variety of rare bird species.

  1. Beautiful Nature in The Gambia

    Great sight seeing of beautiful nature in The Gambia. A variety of rich species of wild animals seen along the journey.

  2. Gambia Has a Rich Variety of Birds Species

    A variety of rare bird species found in The Gambia. More than 680.

  3. The Lovely Beach Side and Sea Side

    The perspective view of the beautiful beaches and seaside.

  4. Birds at their Natural Habitat

    Birds feel free at their natural habitat. They should be preserve and given that chance to equally live happily.

  5. Unity Among The Wild Life

    Lovely to see how the different species naturally happily live together.

The Birds of The Gambia

The Birds of The Gambia

Over 540 species have been recorded in The Gambia. I list some of the species you might see at the top birdwatching locations in the Gambia.
The speciesdo vary at different times of the year.

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Birds Species in The Gambia
BIRD WATCHING TOUR SUGGESTIONS

BIRD WATCHING TOUR SUGGESTIONS

JUST CHECK OUT ALL OF THE TOURS & ITENARY LISTS BELOW TO GET A GENERAL IDEA OF WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF DELIVERING.

Full and Half-days Near the Coast
Full and Half-days Near the Coast

The following can be combined for multiple birdwatching days throughout various habitats in the coastal area:

  • Abuko Nature Reserve and Lamin Rice Field (Full/half-day);
  • Kotu Area (Half-day);
  • Marakissa and Penyem (Full/half-day);
  • Brufut Wood and Tanjie Bird Reserve and Wetland (Full/half-day);
  • Bonto and Pirang Shrimp Farm (Full/half-day);
  • Farasutu Forest (Full/half-day);
  • Tujereng Woods (Half-day);
  • Kartong Sandmine and Wetlands (Full/half-day);

TWO OR MORE DAYS UPRIVER
TWO OR MORE DAYS UPRIVER

  • Tendaba Camp with birdwatching at Kiang West National Park enroute to the camp and airfield (including Owls and Nightjar night drive)
  • Tunku/kisi Bolons creek crawl
  • Overnight stay in basic yet comfortable accommodation.

THREE OR MORE DAYS UPRIVER
THREE OR MORE DAYS UPRIVER

Combining Tendaba Camp with Georgetown and/or Basse with overnight stays at Baobolon Camps;

Georgetown (Janjanbureh), the former capital of The Gambia, on McCarthy Island in the middle of the River Gambia has excellent birdwatching opportunities.

Basse, at the eastern tip of the country, is famous for Carmine Bee-eater and Egyptian Plover.

Additional sites to visit include the north and south banks of McCarthy Island for Little Green Bee-eater, Spotted Thick-knee, White-crowned Robin-Chat, Jakhaly Wetlands for Marabou Stork, African Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, Greater Painted Snipe; and  Bansang Quarry for Red-throated Bee-eater.

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