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River Gambia National Park

 
The national park was established in 1978 and is made up of a complex of 5 islands that lie on the river in the Central River Division (Region) about 300 kilometres upstream to the south west of Kuntaur (see map) and downstream of Janjangbureh, Georgetown. The 5 island are collectively known as Baboon Islands which cover an area of approximately 1,445 acres (585 ha.) and are relatively flat. It forms one of the last refuges for the very threatened hippopotamus within The Gambia. Their ecological systems range from lush  jungle rainforest, reeds, savannah and mangrove swamps.

An interesting place to visit is the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Camp (CRC) which lies on  the banks of the river and was established in 1969 to rescue orphaned chimps. There are currently about fifty Chimpanzees living on 3 of the larger islands. The population is steadily increasing through births. In addition to reintroducing an indigenous species to the country, the existence of the park's project on Baboon Islands has assisted in protecting the forest and its resources from over exploitation.


The DPWM and the CRP work hand in and for the protection of the area and its environs. Though it is not possible to land on the islands as it is a conservation project, under the Department of Parks, it possible to see the creatures while on a boat cruise passing by or alternatively you could stay at the projects accommodation camp located on the river bank and see them up close. The animal life on this section of the River Gambia National Park includes hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles  and monkeys such as the Green Vervet  Colobus, Egrets, Ibis, Herons  Guinea Baboons Aardvark, Bushbuck, many reptile species and sometimes even porpoises.

Visitor Information: CRC
Bush treks on guided tours
Boat safaris
Can accommodate 8 persons

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