BAKO Tours
BAKO Tours
BAKO Tours
BAKO Tours

NIOKOLO KOBA, THE TASTE OF THE WILDERNESS

This tour is a 14 day tour of the Gambia and Senegal.
You need your passports for border crossing.

Our safari takes us to the national park Niokolo-Koba, in south-eastern Senegal on the border with Guinea on 15 to 300 m above sea level.

 

The park is 9130 square kilometers and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981.
 

Niokolo-Koba is the high light of this trip.

 

Let yourself be fascinated by antelopes, crocodiles, elephants and cheetahs and enjoy pure nature.

Day 1:
We depart from your hotel at 7pm and drive directly to Tendaba. The Tendaba Camp is beautifully situated on the banks of the Gambiar River, about 150 km inland Gambia.

 

Your accommodation is in a double or single room.
The decor is simple, but acceptable standard.

 

At around 1:30 pm you will have lunch at the camp.
After lunch we will take a mini safari to the neighboring Kiang West National Park.

 

Dinner will be served at the camp at 8pm.



Day 2:
At 8am, there is breakfast at the camp, followed by a dugout over the river, over to the beautiful side arms of the Gambiariver and the mangroves of the North Bank.


Here live many different bird species, monkeys, crocodiles and other interesting animals.

Your dinner will be served at the Tendaba Camp from 8pm.

Day 3:
At 6am there is breakfast, then we continue to Georgetown, an island in the Gambiariver about 250 km from the capital Banjul.

The ruins of the slave market at that time are still visible here.

Our next accommodation is located right on the river and is called Boa Bolong Camp.
The accommodation is simple, there are toilets, showers and electricity.

Lunch is served at 2pm.

In the afternoon, a boat trip on the Gambiariver awaits you. Here you will have the opportunity to observe birds, chimpanzees, baboons and other monkey species. With some luck, you might even see some hippos.

Dinner is served at 8pm.

Day 4:
At 8am, there is breakfast at the Boa Bolong Camp.
Afterwards, we will go on a voyage to Wassu.

On the way back we visit a typical village in the area.

Lunch is served at 2pm.

In the afternoon we take a walk through Georgetown in the form of a city tour.

Dinner is served at 8pm.

Day 5:
After breakfast at 8am, we departure for the base Santasu about 300 km in the Gambia. It is the largest city on the river and the last Gambian city in the east of the country.

After the arival at the camp, lunch will be served.

 

Later in the evening a city tour is made to see the way of life at this end of the Gambia.
 

Your dinner will be served at 8pm

 

Day 6:

Breakfast is served at 8am.
We drive to the border village of Sabi. Here you will find a few border formalities. Afterwards we continue to the Senegalese village of Welengara.

After all the border formalities, we head towards Tambacounda. The temperature here is higher than on the coast, but it is always an experience.
 
On the way we will have lunch in a small village and have a little refreshment.


Then we drive to Tambacounda.

 

Immediately after our arrival at Hotel Oisis dinner will be served at 08:00pm.

 

Day 7:

After breakfast at 7am we drive to Niokolo Koba National Park.
When you enter the park, your safari starts at the base camp.

From now on, we can encounter wild animals.

It is about 35 km from the main gate to the base camp.

Upon arrival in the reserved Basiscamp you will have lunch.

You will be offered various options to observe many wild animals in your habitat.

During a mini safari in the park you can see lions, various antelope species, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, etc ...

 

With a bit of luck you can see all the Big 5 here.

Your Dinner will be served at 8pm.

 

Day 8:

After breakfast we leave the Basiscamp and drive South-Senegal to Kolda.
Today we have sandwiches as march catering.
Upon arrival at the accommodation in Kolda you will have plenty of time to relax and recover from the long journey.

Your Dinner will be served at 8pm.

Day 9:
After breakfast at 8am we continue to Ziganchor, the capital of South Senegal.
We make a tour of the city and take our lunch in a restaurant.

After lunch we continue to Abene.
In Abena you visit the oldest tree in this area.

Your Dinner will be served at 8pm.

 

Day 10:

Today we make a boat trip to the bird sanctuary in the middle of the river Alahine, a paradise for birds.

After lunch we will drive to the fishery center of Kafountin.

It is the largest fishing center in the area.

Dinner is served at 8pm.

Day 11:
After breakfast at 8am we drive back to Gambia, this time on the so called "Schmuggler Way".

In Madadina, the Senegalese border village, the usual border formalities await us and also in the Gambian border village Dembaya, your passports are a stamp for your entry into the Gambia.

Around 1pm we arrive at the Marachisa Lodge where we will spend the next days. The accommodation is simple but comfortable.

Lunch is served at 2pm.

After lunch, a walk through the bush is on the agenda.
Here, bird lovers and nature lovers will be equally happy.

At around 8pm you will get your dinner at the lodge.

Day 12:

After breakfast at 8am at Mariachisa Lodge, we will visit the Brikama handicrafts market.

Lunch is served at the Lamin Lodge.
The restaurant is picturesque on the banks of a narrow creek.

In the afternoon we can then make a free choice, for example. With sunbathing, with a boat trip in the creeks of the adjoining Gambiariver or with fish, according to your wishes.

At around 8pm there is dinner at the lodge.


Day 13:
After breakfast at the Mariachisa Lodge drive to Katong to visit a reptile farm. This reptile farm tries to teach locals and tourists all about Gambia's snakes and reptiles. The snakes and other reptiles are very well cared for and are clearly visible.

After a visit there, we return to Sandele Eco Resort, where lunch and a cold beer await you.

After the meal, you decide whether you want to make a shopping trip or if you prefer to visit the Bakau handicraft market and the holy crocodile pool of Kachikally.

At around 8pm there will be dinner at the lodge.

 

Day 14:

After breakfast at 6am, we drive from Mariachisa Lodge to Makasutu.
Makasutu is a palm tree forest on the banks of a beautiful tributary of the Gambiariver near Madina Bolong. It includes many different ecosystems, including dense forest, savannah and mangrove regions. The forest is the home of hundreds of bird species, three monkey species, the pygmy deer, the mongoose and monitor lizards, to name just a few specimens.

As you glide over the waters with a canoe, you can observe many wild animals. You will also see fishermen who gather oysters from the mangroves.

After this exciting day, we will bring you back to your hotel at 4pm, where your tour ends.

Here we are:

Bako Tours

Ebrima Bahoum

Brikama Sanchaba Kombo Central
Western Region
Gambia

 

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