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Bird Watching

Put simply, The Gambia is one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world. There are about 560 different species of birds in The Gambia living within six protected areas aggregating about 40,000 hectares nationwide. Both migrating and native birds find shelter here.

The Kartong Bird Observatory, just a couple of kilometres from Sandele, offers possibly the best bird watching location in The Gambia. The compact site is made up of fresh water pools, salt-pans, scrub, woodland and sand dunes and offers viewing of birds of prey, waders, herons, kingfishers and ducks. Just a few of the species are Painted Snipe, Jacanas, Crakes, Knob billed Duck, Purple Gallinule, Allen's Gallinule, Ibis and Long-tailed Night Jars.

Even amateurs can easily get hooked around Sandele as the bush is home to hundreds of species of bird and animal life. There is a Sandele bird list of over 120 different species available on request. A dugout canoe trip on the local river opens up the opportunity to view many more species.