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  • Makasutu - Banjul - Gatwick - HomeI lay awake in my bed early this morning, listening to the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer before daybreak. The first rays of daylight brings with them screeching plantain eaters flying through the camp, pigeons cooing in the rafters, Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 16, 2019
  • A day of doing very little at Mandina LodgesHaving foregone the early morning coffee delivered to our room this morning, we sleep in until we wake naturally, and wander down to breakfast when we are ready. [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/435774/large_ff1d6540-c1c7-11e9-b976-c520f88b4127 Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 15, 2019
  • Sunset Cruise from Mandina LodgesThis afternoon we are taking another boat trip, this one with two added bonuses: a bottle of wine and the sunset! Hopefully. The sunset, that is, the bottle is most definitely present! [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/435774/large_495dd520-aec4 Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 14, 2019
  • Morning Boat Trip at Mandina LodgesI get up early this morning to catch the sunrise – there is a beautiful mist rising over the river. Sensing some movement out of the corner of my eye, I Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 14, 2019
  • Pool time at Mandina Lodges - swimming with Bee EatersAfter lunch we retire to the swimming pool, relaxing, reading, swimming, birdwatching. The pool area is full of at least two dozen little White Throated Bee Eater, swooping down into the water, to catch bugs on the surface, or just Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 13, 2019
  • Lazy afternoon at Mandina LodgesAfter lunch we retire to the room, and I notice to my horror that my legs have come up in a dreadful rash with red skin and little blisters. It is burning, stinging and itching so much that I jump Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 12, 2019
  • A lazy morning at Mandina LodgesCoffee is delivered to each room every morning, at a time of your choice. We have ours outside at 07:30 this morning, while watching the beautiful sunrise over the river. [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/435774/large_24125b40-9788-11e9-9d01-633 Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 13, 2019
  • Bakotu Hotel - Mandina LodgesTransfer day. After a leisurely breakfast, we get picked up for the transfer to our next – and last – lodge on this trip. The journey takes the best part of an hour, with the last half on dirt tracks Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 12, 2019
  • Baku CreekThe plan this morning is to take the path from the Observation Deck, through the mangroves, onto the main road and down to the bridge. [img=https://photo Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 11, 2019
  • Lazy Day at BakotuDavid wakes up feeling flu-like this morning, and as I am still suffering badly with Photographer's Elbow, we decide to take it easy today, starting with a stroll down to the observation deck after breakfast. [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/4 Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 10, 2019
  • Tanji - BakotuThe driver who picks us up for the transfer is the most miserable Gambian we have met to date, and a poor driver to boot. His driving style is jerky and aggressive and he travels much too close to the Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 9, 2019
  • Tanji Beach and Bird Bath With no early morning bird trip booked today, we have a lie-in this morning and don't rise until 07:15. Luxury. It is also the first time in the four nights we've stayed here that we've had breakfast in the lodge. Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 9, 2019
  • Marakissa River Camp===Marakissa River Camp=== Abdoulie takes us to this delightful camp for refreshments and bird watching. The camp is set on the riverside (there is a hint in the name), and features many different species. We spend a couple of delightful hours Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 8, 2019
  • MarrakissaI slept surprisingly well last night, despite the upset tummy yesterday afternoon and several rather unpleasant dreams overnight. We are meeting Abdoulie first thing, who will be our birding guide for the morning. He is early, and so are we. Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 8, 2019
  • AbukoI spent most of the night tossing and turning, trying to find a position that didn't hurt my arm. That'll teach me for spending so long at the waterhole photographing the birds. Not. I even struggle to bring my hand Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 7, 2019
  • Afternoon at Tanji Bird Eco LodgeAfter a great morning's birding at Abuko, we return to Tanji Bird Eco Lodge for the rest of the day. First of all I want to catch up on emails as I didn't really have much time last night – Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 7, 2019
  • Afternoon at Tanji===Afternoon at Tanji Bird Eco Lodge=== As soon as we get back to Tanji Bird Eco Lodge from our birdwatching at Brufut this morning, we head for the bird baths, of course. [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/435774/large_cb393b60-7270-11 Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 6, 2019
  • BrufutYet again Lariam (malaria prophylaxis) upsets my sleep with a series of bad dreams: while faced with a plethora of colourful birds, my camera refuses to operate despite repeatedly and frustratingly pressing the shutter. I wake up agitated and distressed, Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 6, 2019
  • Back to an English winterOur final night of this trip had been spent in Gambia, as it would have been impossible to do the long drive back from Fimela in Senegal, catch the unreliable Barra-Banjul ferry and be confident of making it to the Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's (past) travels | Feb 12, 2016
  • Gatwick to TanjiAs expected, the hotel room was way too hot overnight (it is a common problem with Premier Inns) and I didn't sleep very well. The benefit of this is that I will then hopefully sleep on the plane, making the Posted by Grete Howard in Grete's Travels | Apr 5, 2019
  • BANJUL, The GambiaIn The Gambia, Banjul is the capital city. The country is a small sliver carved out of the country of Senegal and is named after The Gambia River at its center. The whole country is less than 20 Posted by HopeEakins in Around the World Again | May 4, 2019
  • A return to GambiaIn 2014 we had visited Gambia for some winter sun so in search of similar two years later we decided to check out Senegal. But initially that meant a return visit to Gambia! There are two options f Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's (past) travels | Feb 1, 2016
  • Servus GambiaHab dann meinen sonnenbrand noch aufgefrischt am strand und ging abends auf ein paar bier. Dort lernte ich Omar kennen, einen Musiker, der angeblich auch öfter in europa auftritt. Er kam am nächsten Tag zum Campingplatz und wir sind Posted by helihigl in Back in Africa | Mar 24, 2019
  • der verlorene sohndas essen hat sich dann leider als mix von innereien des schafes rausgestellt - ich hasse innereien - ass also nur gerade soviel das es nicht ganz unhoeflich erschien. dann bin ich zu einem kleinen park (abuko nature reserve). da Posted by helihigl in Back in Africa | Mar 20, 2019
  • freundesbesuch visumfrei von mbour nahm ich dann ein sammeltaxi an die grenze zu gambia. vorher hab ich mich nicht um das visum gekuemmert, weil man es an der grenze bekommen sollte - preis angeblich verhandlungssache. ich sass Posted by helihigl in Back in Africa | Mar 17, 2019
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