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Hearing the Yellow-crowned Gonolek's fascinating duets
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Cooling off in the pool while White-throated Bee-eaters bathe
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Questing for reclusive birds along mangrove-lined channels
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Spotting the spectacular Violet Turaco
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Hearing the morning chorus of Red-eyed Doves and Whimbrel among the mangroves

Retreat to The Gambia

Quest has been travelling to Africa for decades, and our tours have effectively showcased the wonderful ‘big game experience’ in vast landscapes. Those interested in birds could see them, but large mammals have generally been the focus. So when our Director Justin Peter had a chance to visit The Gambia last winter, he was impressed by the experience this tiny and unassuming country offered to those with a particular interest in birds. Bordering both banks of its namesake river and located in the transition zone from northern deserts and southern tropical forest, The Gambia is vastly different from many other African destinations we’ve visited. Here, it was possible to walk in full safety along trails through various habitats in the countryside: farm fields and rice paddies; nut groves and natural woodland; mangrove flats; and along sandy shorelines. The reward was a fine assortment of birds, including various kingfishers, herons, bee-eaters, glossy starlings, rollers, sunbirds, and much more – veritable “eye candy” that speaks to the variety and beauty of African bird life. Well over 500 bird species have been recorded here and we will have an opportunity to see many of the most interesting ones.
 
 
Our base for the tour will be the lovely Mandina Lodge. Listed in the book 1001 Escapes Before You Die, this stylish lodge is situated in a private 1000-acre reserve in southwest Gambia and carefully set among saltwater mangroves along a tributary of the mighty Gambia River. Our retreat will allow us to investigate various bird hotspots nearby by foot and boat during our morning and afternoon excursions and will make for an active yet relaxing holiday. We’ll also travel a short distance to visit habitats along the Atlantic Coast.
 
 
For a fantastic and easygoing introduction to Africa's birds in a warm and welcoming country, join Chris Earley as he returns to Africa to explore another corner of this great continent!
 
 
*A post-trip extension to a fine coastal lodge is available.
Quest Nature Tours Birding

Gambia, The | 8 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 14-21, 2018
Cost:
From Approx. US$3395 (based on lodge type)*
Group Size:
8 - 14 participants

Includes:
*Return charter flight from London (Gatwick) to The Gambia (valued at approx. US$750), accommodation in double occupancy at our lodge, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, park entrance fees, airport transfers in The Gambia if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of Quest Leader Chris Earley and one or two local Gambian naturalists depending on our final group size. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$200.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in The Gambia
Day 2 - 7: Daily excursions to farmland, rice fields, tidal mangroves and flats, woodland and woodland edge, and coastal habitats
Day 8: Depart The Gambia
 
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Your Tour Leader

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

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Quest Nature Tours Birding

Gambia, The | 8 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 14-21, 2018
Cost:
From Approx. US$3395 (based on lodge type)*
Group Size:
8 - 14 participants

Includes:
*Return charter flight from London (Gatwick) to The Gambia (valued at approx. US$750), accommodation in double occupancy at our lodge, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, park entrance fees, airport transfers in The Gambia if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of Quest Leader Chris Earley and one or two local Gambian naturalists depending on our final group size. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$200.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Over 550 bird species have been recorded here!"

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