Birding Holidays in Gambia

Gambia bird walk with your guide Lamin Bojang
© Tim Sexton

Gambia Birding Holiday

The Gambia is home to more than 550 species of birds and they are all around you, which means you don't have to go too far to see some beautiful, exotic birds.

Birding in The Gambia is a year-round activity, with the two distinct seasons - 'Dry' (November to May) and 'Green' (June to October). In addition to the numerous resident species, each season also attracts a varied selection of migratory birds.

June to November sees many birds in their summer, and often, breeding plumage, with bright colours and long tails being the order of the day.

During the drier months, from November to May, is a great time to see the numerous raptors, amongst others, as they soar effortlessly overhead or perch in the tops of trees.

Birdwatching, in The Gambia, has never been easier with our purpose-built hides

In fact, at Footsteps Eco-Lodge we have over 100 species of birds within our grounds and over 150 within walking distance, so whether you are an avid birder or casual bird watcher, novice or professional, the birding is great!

Sit and relax by the fresh water filtered pool, the only one in The Gambia, and watch such daily visitors as the colourful African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta), the Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer) and Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii).

In the area around the pool, you will also see Bronze Mannikins, Red-billed Firefinches, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Variable Sunbirds, Beautiful Sunbirds and much more.

Take a stroll around the grounds, or set up in one of the bird hides, and you will be amazed by the number of exotic birds making an appearance throughout the day: Hornbills, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Senegal Coucal, Plantain-Eaters, Common Wattle-eye and Yellow-crowned Gonolek to name just a few.

Birdwatching from our bird-hide on your Gambia holiday
Bird hide at Footsteps

Birding trips and birdwatching itinerary

Footsteps also offers a variety of Gambia Birding Trips in the company of expert and experienced guides, an opportunity not to be missed. You can visit Nature Reserves, Bird Reserves, Paddy Fields, Wetlands and take a trip along the River Gambia, amongst others, each with its own ecosystem and each with an abundance of flora and fauna.

Please choose from our Gambia Birding itinerary options below, or stay in the beautiful grounds of Footsteps and use our purpose-built bird hides.


4 - 8 hours

Your guide:

Lamin Bojang


Not available

Like a local:

Not available


Transport, guide, lunch and admission fees.


Drinks and personal expenses.


Possible when booking your stay through our website, or by contacting David.

Price pp:

for one person

for 2 people

for 3 people

for 4-6 people

For group rates, please email David.

Join our Members' Club

It takes just 2 minutes to join our growing family of members. There’s no commitment to book and if you let us know a few details, we'll keep an eye on flights for you. And as a thank you, claim a free gift, tailored to your interests.

Carmine bee-eaters on your Gambia birding holiday
© Jan Erik Roer
Purple Glossy Starling in The Gambia
© Rob Garner
Little bee-eaters on a birding holiday in Gambia
Splendid Sunbird on a birdwatching holiday
© Jan Erik Roer

Here are some links to pages created by some really great birders who have spent time at Footsteps in The Gambia:

Gambia bird photography web site | Ian Misselbrook

Ian Misselbrook

Gambia bird photography | Steve Keightly

Steve Keightly

Pictures of Gambian birds | Frode Falkenberg

Frode Falkenberg

Gambia birding | Tim Sexton

Tim Sexton

Gambia bird photos | Rob Garner

Rob Garner

Gambia birding web site | Willem van Leuveren

Willem van Leuveren

Birdwatching web site | Fatbirder


Gambia birding | Birdforum


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