The national park was established in 1978 and is
made up of a complex of 5 islands that lie on the river
in the Central
300 kilometres upstream to the south west of Kuntaur (see
and downstream of Janjangbureh,
Georgetown. The 5 island are collectively known as
Baboon Islands which cover an area of approximately
1,445 acres (585 ha.) and are relatively flat. It forms one of the last refuges
for the very threatened hippopotamus within The Gambia. Their ecological systems range from
jungle rainforest, reeds, savannah and mangrove swamps.
An interesting place to
visit is the
Rehabilitation Camp (CRC) which lies on the
banks of the river and was established in 1969 to rescue
chimps. There are currently about fifty Chimpanzees living on 3 of the
larger islands. The population is steadily increasing through births.
In addition to reintroducing an indigenous species to the country, the
existence of the park's project on Baboon Islands has
assisted in protecting the forest and its resources from over
exploitation. The DPWM and the
CRP work hand in and for the protection of the area and its environs. Though it is not possible to land on the islands as it is a
conservation project, under the
Department of Parks, it possible to see the creatures while on a
boat cruise passing by or alternatively you could stay at the projects
accommodation camp located on the river bank and see them up close.
The animal life on this section of the River Gambia
includes hippopotamus, Nile
crocodiles and monkeys such as
the Green Vervet Colobus, Egrets, Ibis, Herons Guinea Baboons Aardvark,
Bushbuck, many reptile species and sometimes even porpoises.
Visitor Information: CRC
on guided tours
Can accommodate 8 persons