The Gambia

Monthly Archives: JANUARY 2020

21 January 2020

This is our first visit to Gambia and we have had the most wonderful time at Farakunku. Our 7-day birding package has been perfect. An amazing, personal experience we will not forget. Our guide Lie and driver Serif were so easy and fun to be around and made each day special.

Nothing has been too much trouble for Heather and Moses, the lodges are fantastic, food has been delicious every single time and you catered to a vegan diet with no trouble.

We will certainly be back to explore more of Gambia and stay at farakunku again…thank you for a magical week.

Jess and Dawn


18 January 2020

This is our second stay here at Farakunku (10 days) and once again we’ve been enthralled by the gorgeous birds and butterflies. The grounds are just as beautiful as we remember from 2 years ago. We’ve loved sitting quietly (with a drink!) and watching the birds coming to the water containers dotted about the gardens. Even more wonderful than a first rate nature film!

The high standards of food, accommodation, trip organisation and staffing have made our 10 days just like living in a top rate hotel. We’ve been on several walks and local people have been friendly and helpful. Often the children want to stopnand practise their English- and often they are quite fluent!

So we don’t really want to go back to winter in England, but we plan to return…thanks for a wonderful holiday.

Heather & Dave

Torrington, Devon


16 January 2020

This was our first visit and we were very impressed by the standards maintained by Heather, Moses and the staff. Aesthetically, there were many little touches that created a wonderful ambience. When you consider the typical situation in Gambia (e.g. toilets) the magnitude of what they have achieved is remarkable.The housekeeping, restaurant service, driver and security were of the highest standard and the grounds an absolute delight. We spent our first day in the grounds and adjacent private Tree Sanctuary and the time just flew by.

Our bird guide was world class and we saw well over 200 species in our 10 days. Having a personal driver supplied as well, was a much appreciated arrangement as things could be left safely in the vehicle while exploring on foot.

All in all, a very enjoyable experience with many happy memories to take home with us.

David and Cindy



14 January 2020

This has been my first visit to The Gambia and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. My 10 day stay at Farakunku has been a delight. All the staff have been so welcoming and friendly and Heather & Moses run a very efficient set up in all respects. The attention to detail is exceptional.

A visit to Heather’s art studio/gallery was a revelation, with some amazing paintings on display.

The birding trips were well organised and I saw a wide variety of birds thanks to Lie.

Thank you to everyone…I hope to return!


Crewe, Cheshire UK


14 January 2020

Our second visit to Farakunku and this time we came earlier in the year so that we could travel up to Georgetown to see the Egyptian Plover.

Everything was expertly organised and Mass (our guide) was excellent at finding birds…AND we had excellent views of the Egyptian Plover! Our total for the trip was 214 birds which included 19 life ticks which exceeded our expectations.

The whole team at Farakunku work together to create an excellent holiday in a relaxed atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble. Even though we spent every day out birding we are returning home to UK feeling relaxed after a wonderful holiday.

Jane and Glenn

Lincoln UK


05 January 2020

Thanks for a very enjoyable 3 weeks at Farakunku, to include Christmas and New Year…we have all enjoyed every second! The food has been fabulous…a different 3 course menu every day and no repetition…amazing! (And thanks for taking into account our foody preferences)

The bird watching has been great and we particularly enjoyed our time with our guide Lie, who led our tours at a perfect pace for my mum and dad (aka Grandma and Grandpa!)

The accommodation was always clean and well maintained, with clean sheets and towels (…sorry for the dirty footprints!)

Your team has been great…it has been nice to get to know everyone. We have been welcomed like a member of the family and we will miss you all. Thanks for making Dad’s 80th birthday a special day… the cake was much appreciated

So…overall a superb experience , we will just have to come back!

Craig, Dawn, Jeff and Jean

Chesterfield UK


03 January 2020


A big thank you to Heather, Moses and all the team for looking after us so well. It has been lovely spending 10 days with you over the Festive period, with the added bonus of good local entertainment at Christmas and New Year.

The food has been excellent and varied; the room clean, spacious and very comfortable. When returning to the lodge after our days out birding, it has been lovely to relax in the beautiful gardens.

When we next travel to the Gambia, we will certainly return to Farakunku. Wishing you all the best for the 2020 season and thank you for making us feel very much at home.

Jill and Peter

Wiltshire, UK