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“Birdwatching in The Gambia with Musa Manneh”

Birdwatching in The Gambia
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Marakissa
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This was our first visit to the Gambia in February 2018. We had booked Musa on the basis of the reviews on this site. We left the choice of venues up to him. We booked him for four days. He took us to a variety of sites to get the broadest view of the birdlife, making alterations to his plans if we expressed an interest in a particular species. We saw lots of fabulous birds. He organised a vehicle and driver within his fee. He was on time and gave us excellent value for money. His identification skills are top notch, by calls as well as sight. He is also very good at attracting birds by mimicking their calls - e.g. he called a pearl-spotted owlet out of the depths of the branches in a tree, into the open. We wanted to book him for an extra day, but he was already booked, so he arranged for a fellow guide to take us instead. Can't fault the service.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

We have just enjoyed 10 days fantastic birdwatching in Kotu and district thanks to the professional expertise of our guide, Karanta Camara, who is President of The Gambian Birdwatchers Association. He knows where to find birds, has eyes like a hawk, and a great depth of knowledge gained from nearly 20 years experience.
If you have even the slightest interest in birds book with Kamara or one of his colleagues in the Association, all accredited professionals and enthusiasts. They are located at Kotu Bridge and will take you out for a very reasonable fee. You will have a great time. We saw 194 different species!

Thank chimera2016
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Not a big birder myself but as a few here I like to aim to get in a few good nature photos when I can. Just got flown in by DHL a nes Cannon SLR with three lens kit for a very reasonable 350 pound deal from Curry, (old one stolen in the Big House Break In) so now I can get out and do some more. The bird men are at Kotu Bridge so you just go ask and work out a price. Kotu stream are is very close for a start off of activities. I always use Buda the Birdman, helpful friendly, UK trained RSPB and built the bird pool in our garden.

Glad to see some visitors are nature lovers also.

Thank Nightowl0808
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

I really cannot believe there is a better birder, and general nature/country guide, knowledgeable, fast spotter, kind, considerate, sensitive, he has just about all you want in a person you may spend many hours with, as we did. The general confidence he exuded was pretty immediately evident when we first met him on the bridge in Kotu and we booked him for the following day of birding. I’m more of a photographer than a birder but went without camera and just binoculars for our first outing which was full of splendid spots.

After the success of our first outing we booked Ansu for an evening boat ride in the creek, a 1/2 day out in the fishing village in Tanji and a 1/2 day to the Bijilo National Park. He's a good companion as well as being full of information.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Although I am a keen birdwatcher in the UK, we hadn't intended to spend too much time birding in The Gambia as we were only there for a week. I did want to do a little though so contacted Musa (mentioned in other reviews) who wasn't able to guide for us that week but kindly arranged an alternative guide named Hassan Gindeh. Hassan has a website and can also be found via the official bird guides at the Senegambia I believe.

I'm so please that Hassan was our guide. He was incredibly knowledgable, courteous, funny, reliable and great to spend time with. As an official bird guide trained at Abuko, he knew how to maximise the time we had with him to find as many species as birds as possible. Despite only spending two mornings out with him, we clocked up an impressive 104 species - many of which we would have had no chance finding (and in many cases identifying) without him. We visited Lamin Lodge and Brufut while there. We enjoyed our time with Hassan so much we intend to return to The Gambia in the next couple of years to do a four day trip up river. I truly cannot recommend this young man highly enough. Thank you Hassan!

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