Through the lens: Animals of River Gambia National Park

Village Kuntaur and the town of Janjanbureh are two of the points from where you can begin an amazing journey in the animal world of River Gambia National Park.

On an hour-long cruise, you will be trying to spot hippos in the river. The most dangerous African animals are easy to spot close to the riverbank especially in the middle of the day. They live in the natural environment so there is no guarantee to spot them, but usually, every visitor is lucky enough to spot at least the ears protruding from the water. 

Baboon island is home to some more than 100 refugee chimpanzees who were brought to live in an open-air sanctuary after experiencing one of many forms of human exploitation. Today no human foot is allowed to step on the island since Janis Carter, heartful primatologist and pioneer of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project learned how human contact can be harmful to these beautiful creatures. With a little bit of luck, you will be able to spot chimpanzees on the river shore coming to eat their lunch brought by the forest rangers. 

River Gambia National Park is also home to many other animal species. Colourful birds will accompany you as you enjoy your lazy ride on the mighty river. Your eye might also catch a rare and endangered red colobus monkey and some of the magnificent reptiles resting ashore.

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