National Park, Gambia
Pirang Forest National Park lies to the south east of
Banjul Airport (coordinates:
13° 15' 38" N - 16° 32' 8" W) and north east of the village of
Pirang (population: 2,500). It covers an area of 158 acres of mature
gallery forest. Largely it is protected by the local (the Pirang
Bonto Eco-tourism Community Project) community as an preserve
for the practice of traditional community ceremonies and rites.
Most of the shrubs and many trees are used in traditional
medicine as local knowledge in the village about herbal remedies goes
back many years.
Part of the diverse
natural habitat features
the shrimp farm's ponds which are on the southern banks of the
which is home to water birds as well as woodland species further south
in the mighty forest canopy (which can grow as high as 30 metres) and
rice fields. Some of the bird species that can
be spotted within the park are the African Spoonbill, Namaqua Dove,
Crested Lark and the Quail Finch.
The forest can
be reached in less than 1 hour from the coastal resorts of