Moses K Sama or “Musa” to his friends –
has been interested in birds for most of his life and has been a dedicated bird guide for almost 20 years working mainly in the tourist area of Gambia. He will ensure that each and every excursion will be a memorable one and will go out of his way to show you even the most secretive of species. He will take groups, families, individuals, experienced and novice birders alike, with equal care and passion.
When not working he is a family man at his home near Brufut. However, his binoculars are permanently around his neck, often looking out for birds close to home like Beautiful Sunbird, Bronze Mannikin, Lavender Waxbill, Little Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon and occasionally the Black-shouldered Kites that hunt overhead. Ask him about the Grey-backed Camaroptera that bred recently in his garden! He is a popular and highly respected member of the community.
There is no bad time of the year to see birds in Gambia but equally there is no “best” time. Its geographic position provides a superb opportunity at almost any time. The dry season from November to May is when most tourists visit, with almost guaranteed sunshine. Wintering species from Europe swell the dazzling and impressive numbers of residents. The rainy season lasts from June until October and makes some local roads difficult to negotiate and up-country sometimes impossible, (though recent changes in weather patterns of reduced rains often extends the dry period). Many hotels close during this period and flights are considerably reduced.
Ironically few people, except Gambians, see the transformation that rain suddenly gives to this sub-tropical climate. Fresh colour explodes into life transforming parched rice fields, savannah, gardens and even the golf course into lush emerald green landscape. Mosquitos are more active at this time of year (and so too are the crocodiles if you let them!)
You will be picked up at your hotel at a pre-arranged time and returned there at the end of the trip. Most hotels provide breakfast from 7am which means that sometimes up to an hour of daylight can be lost before trips commence. Birders keen enough to leave before breakfast will not go hungry as, in this case, I will provide breakfast/snack en route (at no extra cost). This will mean that in most day trip cases we can arrive at our destination at dawn (approximately 7.15).
All trips involve some walking and usually in a hot and humid environment. Soft drinks will be provided at all times.
All trips undertaken will be with the assumption that everyone will have their own insurance and be in good health. Gambia is still considered a third world country, things can go wrong, ferries are sometimes delayed. ………
Cost will include all pick up/drop off at hotel, transport in four wheel drive air conditioned vehicle, guide costs, overnight stays to include breakfast, lunch and evening meals plus soft drinks on route. All prices available on request.