The protected nature reserve of Bao Bolon
(also spelt Baobolong) is located on the north bank
of the Gambia River covers an area of 85 square miles and is the
Gambia's largest nature reserve. It is of international importance as
the government has signed the Ramsar International Wetlands convention
in 1996 which re-enforced it as an important
There are various types of wetland habitats for birds
including tall swamp mangroves, scrub, creeks, salt and tidal mudflats, freshwater
and brackish marshland, estuary as well as savannah
forest. The area is also an important breeding ground for fish due to
its patchwork of waterways as well as rice farming by the local
inhabitants of some nearby villages.
Little egrets, collared
goliath heron, African fish eagle and osprey.
Clawless otter, Nile crocodile, West African Manatee, hippopotamus,
arrangements to go and visit the area with the Department of Parks &
Wildlife Management at Abuko. The most ideal way to explore the area
is by boat up from the main river. To get there by road you make your
way up from Barra to Konti Kunda Niji.
13°50'N - 015°90'W