At only 105ha in size
Abuko Nature Reserve is not only the smallest protected area
in The Gambia, but also probably the smallest on the African
Continent. Yet it is packed with easy to see wildlife
including western red colobus and callithrix monkeys,
crocodiles, antelopes and spectacular birds and butterflies.
As well as the Darwin Field Station, the reserve plays host
to several photo-hides, which look out over
water pools and
forest, thus allowing close up views of some of the animals
and birds that make Abuko Nature Reserve such a special
A meandering track leads
from the field station through the cool shade of the gallery
forest to the more open area of Guinea savannah woodland.
Eventually this track leads to the animal orphanage where
there are some permanent residents such as monkeys and hyena. The main aim of the orphanage however is to
rehabilitate injured, orphaned and confiscated animals such
as monkeys and parrots back into the wild.
orphanage is the bird extension, which is very
worthwhile exploring for its bird life and antelopes.
The track takes you through real African bush with tall
grasses and Guinea savanna woodland providing a view of
what most of The Gambia used to look like only thirty
Guinea savannah woodland
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