| The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project
Camp (Badi Mayo) is in the River Gambia National Park,
270km up-river and is located just below the edge
of the mainland cliffs overlooking the river and Baboon
Islands. The camp is 9 miles from Kudang Village.
|Hotel Room Facilities &
4 safari tents (2 beds each) on elevated platforms
Outside private shower (sun warmed)
Wash hand basin
Shared toilet between 2 tents
2 chairs, centre table, stool
Early morning hot water for tea or coffee
|General Facilities & Services:
| Food and drink served in Waterhouse hut by river
Chimp watching trips by boat
Boat trips around the creeks and islands
Visit Kudang village
Morning trek to Chassing Cliffs
|The typical rate for your stay is about £125
per person per night for full-board, inclusive of
pick-up by boat from the town of Kuntaur to Badi Mayo
and return, two trips per day and park entry charges.
The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Camp (also known
as Badi Mayo Camp) is the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation
Project's (CRP) working eco-camp for visitors.
• A Short
The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project (CRP)
began informally in 1969 when Stella Brewer
Marsden, daughter of Eddie Brewer, the founder
of Abuko, received a few chimpanzees rescued
from merchant traders. For the first 5 years
orphaned chimps were re-introduced into the
wild at Abuko
Nature Reserve. As animal numbers grew it
became clear that re-introduction into the wild
was the better option. In 1974 the CRP was formalised
with their move to Niokolo-Koba National Park
in Senegal. In 1979, the project once again
moved to the newly gazetted River
Gambia National Park, where the chimps where
given new homes on Baboon Islands. In 2000 the
project was registered as a UK charity under
the name of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust
(CRT). In 2006 Stella decided to offer chimp-watching
trips to small groups of interested visitors.
The CRP is Africa's longest running chimp rehabilitation
project which is now a sanctuary for over 100
The camp overlooks Baboon Islands, a collection
of five islands mid-way on the Gambia River.
Located inside the River Gambia National Park,
the chimp rehab camp is about 270km inland from
which is about 4 to 4.5 hour drive by car. Unfortunately
you can't get up close to the chimps as entry
onto the islands is not allowed.
Your stay at the CRP camp should be seen like
a working holiday, and you need to be physically
fit in order to negotiate the winding stairs
leading up to your tented accommodation. The
4 twin-bed safari tents are sufficiently big
enough to permit you to stand and stretch your
legs a little.
Each tent at the CRP camp is separated by 50
to 75 metres on raised platforms, sufficiently
high enough to keep dangerous animals at bay
and give you great views over Baboon Islands
and of the wonderful vistas of the National
Because the accommodation is an eco-lodge the
tents are simple but comfy. There is an outside
shower with water from tanks warmed by the sun,
a hand basin, and a composting toilet jointly
used between the occupants of 2 tents, located
a reasonably short distance away. There is a
flushing toilet cistern underneath the platforms
which is near the Waterhouse hut, where meals
are served, which is also on stilts. Above each
set of twin beds there is a rectangular over-hanging
mosquito net. Every morning piping hot water
is brought up to your sleeping quarters for
a cup of hot beverage prior to taking breakfast
at the Waterhouse. Sunbeds on the outside porch
allows you to relax during the daytime and hear
the perpetual sounds of wildlife and streaming
water that envelope you.
Meals are simple, limited in variety, and freshly
prepared from produce brought in from local
villages whenever feasible. You will be served
European and local Gambian cuisine. When in
season locally produced fresh tropical fruits
and vegetables are made available to guests.
Meals are served in the Waterhouse dining and
boat departure area. This has a partially shaded
porch and open seating area, good for wildlife
spotting and unwinding. Drinks with your mean
can be soft or alcoholic, such as wine or beer,
but no spirits are stocked.
Often visiting the camp are Green Vervet and
Red Colobus monkeys, which pass by the platforms
regularly, while hippos and crocodiles can be
seen in the river and on its banks, as well
as Baboon Islands. Consider taking a boat trip
to get up closer to the wildlife.
Because the CRP camp is closed to tourists 3
days a week, it is recommended your stay only
lasts 2 or 3 nights. You could combine your
stay with another accommodation such as the
in Kwinella in the Kiang Central Region.
The camp is not suitable for those with walking
difficulties and, due to the restricted number
of tents, singles are not allowed unless by
special prearrangement. It should also be noted
that children below the age of 13 are not allowed
to stay at the camp.
The camp has no grid electricity so eating meals
will be by candlelight, so it might be a good
idea to bring along a re-chargeable solar lamp
and torch. However, during the night such lamps
are given to you. Remember to bring along enough
of your preferred toiletries and prescribed
Profits raised from paying visitors to the camp
are on the mostly put back towards the welfare
of the chimps, with a proportion going into
other project work undertaken by CRP staff concerning
local community development, as well as various
government backed conservation schemes. Local
villagers gain from the project via the employment
of about 7 local workers.
* The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust is a UK
registered charity (No.1081151).
* The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Association
project (CRA) is a Gambian registered charity.
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