3 independent reviews for Senegal and Gambia river cruise holiday

Reviews for Senegal and Gambia river cruise holiday

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review 31 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The birdlife was spectacular- high numbers and close views. Learning about the culture and seeing the people and landscape. The overnight river cruise was fabulous as expected. Accommodation much better standard than I expected. Our guide was excellent, being able to answer any questions about the place you might have and nothing was too much trouble, made the holiday very relaxing, felt safe at all times.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There is some waiting around at times due to it being a group holiday and a couple of longish drives - use the time to people watch, its fascinating! Senegal does seem to be 2 pin round plugs as in Europe. Note 2 days without electricity. Note there is a small tips kitty to contribute to on arrival. Note no need to take Euros, pounds are changed fine. There is opportunity to change money on first morning. If you are vegetarian you will have enough to eat but it won't be exciting and may be odd combinations at times and meals can be late and very slow to arrive, I took some dried snacks with me. Be wary about using swimming pools which may not be clean.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we had a couple of unexpected trips to a school and to a local family, which were done respectfully and we were able to contribute to them if we wished. We were shown a well that had been put in for a women's cooperative garden and had a talk about the guide's charity work in education field.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A real break, great mix of birdwatching and culture and history, itinerary generally well planned and ran extremely smoothly.

review 20 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Ferry crossing River Gambia.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don'expect too much.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All of these, to some extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had an excellent leader and driver. The birds we saw were great but apart from that, i don't think these two countries have much else to offer. I wonder if more locations in the east and south of Senegal might be worth exploring.

review 3 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The overnight on the boat, sleeping under the stars with the mattresses and mosquito nets on the deck

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't forget repellant, binoculars and a torch light. Take with you some clothes to give away, they can be left for community projects.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we slept in places managed by local people, we visited a local community school which can be helped and sponsored, I left the money I didn't spend to the guide who runs a local NGO

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I would concentrate it a little more if I had to organize it myself because it's very relaxed and my opinion was shared by others in the group. Anyway it's an interesting trip, especially if you're interested in birds. Our guide Baba was absolutely exceptional.

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