Tendaba is a one day drive along the now vastly improved road on the south side of the Gambia River. Situated right alongside the river, accommodation is simple but the welcome and setting is unforgettable.
There are several bush tracks for short walks around the camp. An early morning walk can be quite productive with Scarlet Chested Sunbird, Greater Honeyguide, Northern Puffback, Stone Partridge, Spur-winged Goose, White-shouldered Black Tit and Yellow Penduline Tit in their appropriate habitat.
The most popular trip from Tendaba is by boat across to the north side of the Gambia River to Baobolong Wetland Reserve “the Bolongs” as has an area of almost 22,000h. This is a stunning and very productive area of mangrove swamp, close canopy woodland savannah and saltmarsh with a mosaic of ever narrowing waterways allowing you to cruise quietly up to a wealth of unsuspecting wildlife. Upon reaching the far side you first reach Tunku and Kisi Bolon where you will fully appreciate the abundance of vegetation, birdlife and if you are lucky reptiles and amphibians too. Water levels rise and fall according to the time of year.
Numbers of resident bird species swell during the winter when passage migrants such as Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Ringed Plover use the area as an important stop over. To mention just the tip of the iceberg Goliath Heron, African Darter, Woolly-necked Stork, African Fish and the impressive Beaudouin`s Snake Eagle, 4 Kingfisher species, Rufous-crowned Roller, Pink-backed Pelican, African Finfoot, White-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Grey, Purple, Squacco and White-backed Night Heron (the latter if you are lucky) give an excellent example of how these impressive waterways burst into life. One lucky group some time ago even had cracking views of a White-crested Tiger heron. Evening and early morning boat trips can be arranged for a chance of Pel`s Fishing Owl.
It cannot be over-stressed that these birds are sometimes seen incredibly close to the boat. Their beauty and variety can convert even the most non-birding partner!