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ABOUT Hiking Adventure from Lamin Koto to Bansang

If you really want to get off-the-beaten-track, try one of our overnight hiking adventures. Designed around your fitness levels and your schedule, we can offer a range of different experiences.
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Itinerary

Arrival

  • The starting point is Lamin Koto.
  • Pick-up at your location can be arranged for an additional cost.
  • Accommodation before the tour start can be arranged for an additional cost.

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This is one of our more challenging routes but definitely worth the effort. Experience the naturally warm welcome of the villages, the beautiful landscapes and the excellent wildlife. If 19km sounds ambitious for you, we offer the alternative of starting the day with a boat trip from Lamin Koto to Koli Bolong 'Mountain', looking for hippos before picking up the hiking route from there.

 

Day One

19km (13km if using boat trip option)

We'll start the trip looking for the Green Vervet monkeys around Lamin Koto riverside, and then head East through the bush to Koli Bolong 'Mountain'. After enjoying a late breakfast with great views over the river you'll have the chance to cool down with a swim if you wish. From there, we'll hike through the traditional settlements of Kujew, Yonna, Kunting and Jarra Ji. Along the way, we'll meet with various members of the community to learn more about local life and visit a women's community garden. From there, we'll continue South East to Tankong Kunda, where we will take lunch in a local compound. After lunch we'll greet the village chief and head down to the riverside. We'll set up our tents at a small fisherman camp and head out for an evening walk in the forest. Your evening meal will be cooked on a fire at the riverside.

Day Two

11.5km

After breakfast, leave Tankong Kunda and head South West to the village of Dobo. Depart Dobo and head South East to the river. From there, the going is a little tougher as we leave the tracks behind and weave our way through the trees as close to the river as possible, using a cutlass to cut a path at some points. There are no permanent settlements in this area, so the wildlife is as plentiful as anywhere in Gambia. We expect to see more than one large troop of baboons, red colobus monkeys, green vervet monkeys, mongoose and possibly even bush pig. This area also home to a great range of bird-life including various species of kingfishers, bee-eaters and ibis. Arrive to Bushtown and cross the river in a small hand-paddled boat to the dusty town of Bansang where you will spend the night in a local riverside lodge.

Day Three

Bansang

After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the colourful Bansang market before departing to your onward destination.

End of tour

  • The finishing point is in Bansang.
  • Accommodation after the tour can be arranged for an additional cost.
  • Drop-off at your location can be arranged for an additional cost.

RATES

Rates are per person and might vary depending on the availability, requests for changes and number of travellers. For more information, send an inquiry. Shorter hiking routes are also available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

PRICES

Guided Hiking Trail (per person)
160€
Guided Hiking Trail with boat (per person)
175€

inclusions

What is included

  • Meals from breakfast on day 1 until breakfast day 3,
  • Guiding,
  • One-night tent accommodation,
  • One-night lodge accommodation and
  • Community contributions

What is excluded

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Costs of Pick-up and Drop-off at your selected location
  • Some meals (lunch and dinner on the last day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, additional drinks...)
  • International flights to and from The Gambia
  • Travel documentation (permits, visa fees...)
  • Travel Insurance
Basic accommodation
You will be accommodated in tent and basic standard lodge.
Customization Option
You can request minor changes to the tour.
Can start any day
Depending on availability, the tour can start in any day of the week.
Family Friendly
Tour is suitable for families with kids more than 14 years old.
2 days trip
This is a two days and two nights trip.
Moderate activity
This trip requires light to moderate activity.
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FAQ

Can I adjust my trip?

If 19km of the first day sounds ambitious for you, we offer the alternative of starting the day with a boat trip from Lamin Koto to Koli Bolong 'Mountain', looking for hippos before picking up the hiking route from there.

Shorter hiking routes are also available. Please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

How demanding is the trip?

The trip is moderate. There is an alternative with boat trip to make the first day of hiking easier. The elevation change is not much yet high temperatures might make hiking more challenging than usual. 

What should I bring with me?

We recommend bringing sun protection (headwear, long, lightweight sport/trekking clothes, sunglasses, sun cream) and mosquito repellents. Make sure you bring enough water and some snacks if you get hungry quickly. Pack everything you need for a two nights stay. We recommend comfortable wear and hiking footwear. 

Where can I see the trail route?

You can find more details about the route on outdooractive.com

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OFFERED BY

FairPlay Gambia

Based in Janjanbureh, we specialise in providing tailor-made, authentically African experiences for solo travellers and small groups looking to get off the beaten track.

We visit areas where the traditional culture is still strong and modernisation has not changed lifestyles.

Our guides are from the local community and they are always happy to share their traditional knowledge of the river, the bush and the villages with you.

And because we are a social enterprise business, you can enjoy your trip safe in the knowledge that you’re making a valuable contribution to sustainable development.

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