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Arrive in Bintang by 9 am and stroll the village, visiting the women who harvest and process oysters from the local mangroves. Cruise out through Bintang Bolong into the main River Gambia and head to Tendaba Camp. Dolphins are often seen on this part of the journey. Sleep around Tendaba.
After breakfast, take a small boat into the Bao Bolong Wetlands, one of the most beautiful and pristine environments on the river, teeming with birdlife and with the chance of seeing crocodiles. Depart Tendaba and relax onboard en route to the wharf town of Kaur. Walk around the peanut wharf and learn about how peanuts have shaped Gambian history, visit the market and head to Kauren Camp for great views over the river. Sleep around Kaur area.
Continue East and into the River Gambia National Park with the possibility of seeing hippos, chimpanzees, baboons and other primates, monitor lizards, turtles and even the odd crocodile. You will meet the local park rangers who will talk to you about the chimpanzee rehabilitation project and take you for a short walk through the forest to see and learn more about the endangered Temminck’s Red Colobus monkey. At your leisure, cruise to the jetty at Kuntaur and relax on board or at the nearby Kairoh Garden Lodge. Sleep around Kuntaur.
After breakfast, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wassu Stone Circles before heading back to the boat and on to the cultural and historic town of Janjanbureh. Once there, you will visit a palm wine tapper at his work and go to the Kankurang Centre, an exhibition dedicated to the West African masquerade culture. Sleep around Janjanbureh.
In the morning, enjoy an optional activity in Janjanbureh (Charge may apply), relax onboard or walk out and soak up the atmosphere of the town. Check out by 12 pm.
Start your trip with a speedboat ride to visit the museum at Albreda / Juffereh and the historic ruins on James Island dolphin spotting along the way. From there to Bintang and a night at Bintang Bolong Lodge before joining the Fula Princess the next morning.
Kayaking: Two to three-hour guided excursion - 2,400 GMD per person.
Bird Watching: Two to three-hour guided walk with highly-rated local birder Bakary Manneh, at one of a choice of local sites - from 4,000 GMD per group.
Local historical tour: With one of the trained and licensed tour guides- 800 GMD per person.
Tigerfish fishing: Three hours of trolling for the famous African Tigerfish at one of our local fishing sites. - 8,000 GMD for up to two people. Includes equipment hire.
Riverbank fishing: Equipment hire - 800 GMD per rod per day
Silversmithing Experience: Try your hand at silversmithing with local smith, Papa Cham at his hand-bellowed furnace - 1,600 GMD per person including handmade souvenirs.
Private trips can be customized and arranged to your requests. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
It is easy to moderately challenging.
We recommend bringing sun protection (headwear, long, lightweight 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 four-night stay.
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.
We do believe it's time for another adventure. Don't spend all of your time in The Gambia in one place. Go out and explore! There are so many beautiful experiences waiting for you. Let us help you pick one - and take care of all the rest.