The Tanji Bird Reserve (properly known as the Tanji
River Karinti Bird Reserve) is immediately
to the north of the start of the village bridge and
includes the Karinti River. The protected reserve, which
incorporates an area of the Bald Cape and the Bijol
Islands (Kajonyi Islands), is located 1.5km from
the Atlantic Ocean coastline.
The Karinti bird sanctuary has an area of about 136
hectares. Tanji bird reserve has a rich diversity of
Palaearctic and African bird species; about 300 species.
It has a substantial of migratory birds, these are Palaearctic
migrants of 82 species (27%), Intra-African migrants
of 32 species (11%), and Resident species of 181
species (61%). This constitutes 295 species from 61
families, out of 515 species and 75 families in the
whole of The Gambia.
The lagoons in the reserve has Little Egret, Black Headed
Heron, White Fronted Plover, Caspian Tern, Pied Kingfisher,
Spur Winged Plover, Long Tailed Cormorant, Sanderling,
Western Reef Heron, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper,
Cattle Egret, Grey Headed Gull, Greenshank, Royal Tern,
Grey Heron, Lesser Black Backed Gull and Redshank.
Together with the Bijol
Islands, the park is considered as one of the IBAs
(Important Bird Areas) in The Gambia, as they are major
offshore roosting and feeding habitat for substantial
numbers of shorebirds, seabirds, ospreys, and other
avians as well as mammals.
Contact Address Details:
& Wildlife Management
C/o Min. of Forestry & Environment
48 GIPFZA House, Kairaba Avenue
Nature Reserve, HQ
Tel no: +220 4376973
[Geographical coordinates 13.3667° N, 16.7953°
W / Kombo South, Western Region]