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.
Half-day and full-day guided excursions are available or around £8 for
the entry fee.
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.
Rarer animals include the hyenas, leopards, West African manatees and
dolphins. The area is also a birdwatchers paradise with over 290
species of birds having been recorded here, including 21 raptors:
vultures, harrier eagles, sandgrouse, Blue-breasted, Kingfisher hawks,
White-shouldered Black Tit and falcons. An ideal spot to watch
birds is Tubabkollon Point. The dirt road to Batelling from the
Kwinella Tendaba highway can take you to some prime
To get to Kiang
West you use preferably a 4 by 4 suv
car using the southern trans Gambia highway to Dumbuto which is the
main base of the park.
Up to 24 people
can be accommodated with basic facilities Tel: 9860925 Email: