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The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve (also spelt Baobolong) was established in 1996, it covers an area of about 220 square kilometres (84.94 sq. miles), and is located on the North Bank Region of the River Gambia. It is100km east of the capital Banjul, and the estuary, encompassing parts of Upper and Central Baddibu districts. Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve (BBWR) is the largest protected reserve in The Gambia; so ecologically significant is the area that it has been designated a site of international importance by Ramsar International Wetlands Convention, the government having signed it in 1996. Bao Bolong’s 3 distinct ecosystems of mangrove swamp, closed-canopy savanna woodland, and saltmarsh…

Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko is rare among African wildlife reserves: it’s tiny, it’s easy to reach, you don’t need a car to go in, and it’s well managed, with an amazing diversity of vegetation and animals-and it is possibly the mightiest of Gambia’s national parks. More than 250 bird species have been recorded in its environs, making it one of the region’s best bird-watching haunts. Among the 52 mammal species calling Abuko home are bushbucks, duikers, porcupines, bush babies and ground squirrels as well as three monkey types: green or vervet monkeys, endangered western red colobus monkeys and patas monkeys. The reserve is particularly famous for its Nile crocodiles and other slithering types such as pythons, puff adders, green mambas and forest cobras.


The Kiang West National Park was established in 1987 and is located in southern Gambia, adjacent to the river bank and is 145 kilometres from the capital of Banjul. It is one of the largest protected nature reservations in Gambia. It is around 11,00 hectares and has the largest and most diverse wildlife population. Being made up mainly of deciduous woodland and Guinea savannah there are also extensive stretches of mangrove creeks, bolong tributaries and tidal flats. Its three main areas are the bolongs of Nganingkoi, Jarin and Jali. This varied topography and vegetation make it ideal for many animals and species of birds. These include: Nile crocodile, monitor lizards, warthog, clawless otter, marsh mongoose, patas monkeys and Sitatunga.

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