An early start is needed as the drive takes just under one hour to the Makasutu cultural forest. You will be picked up from your respective hotels around 08:00 AM.
Makasutu is a palm forest situated on the banks of a beautiful meandering tributary of the River Gambia (Madina Bolon), encompassing many different ecosystems including dense forest, savanna and mangrove regions. The environment encompassing this forest is home to hundreds of varieties of birds, 3 species of monkeys, monitor lizards, pygmy deer, man goose to name but a few-and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of migrating baboons, that make the forest their home for a number of months each year.
Upon arrival at Makasutu you will have the chance for a tea or coffee or some other form of refreshment. A walk to the wildlife museum then follows where a small talk will be given on the work this particular museum is trying to do for the wildlife of the Gambia.
During your day there are many different activities on offer- river trips on traditional “dug out” canoes, guided walks through the forest, bird watching and animal observation.
You will take a trip down the river on “dug out” canoes while drifting down the waters seeing wildlife, fishermen and women collecting oysters from the mangrove. This is very relaxing and you will have wonderful view of the region.
After the boat trip there is the opportunity to go on a “bush walk” where you can see some of the flora and fauna of the area plus a chance to see to the palm wine tapper climbing the palm tree with a traditional rope.
A drive back to base camp then follows where lunch will be waiting for you. Lunch consists of some of the best African dishes in this region, including Benechin, Domada and Yassa.
While you enjoy your food you can watch traditional dancers and drum troupes perform on the natural stage, under the shade of the majestic Baobab tree.
The end of a wonderful day…..
This really is an experience that will carry you home, and that will be remembered for many years to come (or until your next visit!!)
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As soon as you enter the hotel grounds you feel like you have just stepped into an oasis of tropical.
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