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Abuko Nature Reserve

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Address: 15 Miles South of Banjul | Kombo North District, Banjul, Gambia

This comparatively small and easily accessible wildlife reserve is home to...

This comparatively small and easily accessible wildlife reserve is home to a number of indigenous African birds.

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Nice forest but sad caged animals

The forest itself is a nice and peaceful place where you can see some animals in their natural habitat. Even some rare elusive red monkeys may be seen. You can spend a relaxing... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Tampere, Finland
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Tampere, Finland
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The forest itself is a nice and peaceful place where you can see some animals in their natural habitat. Even some rare elusive red monkeys may be seen. You can spend a relaxing hour or two walking the trails and listening the nature. However, there are some caged animals, such as hyenas and baboons, where the trails start. They didn't... More 

Thank hapapo
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

When we first got there the guy behind the desk was so ignorant and wouldn't answer us and when he did he had such a bad attitude. Went around the park with a guide, very long walk, saw a few monkeys but he only really showed us trees and termite mounds, didn't see no birds, snakes or crocs. He took... More 

Thank lizzy r
Sluis, The Netherlands
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71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

West African Reserves are not to be compared with the Wild Parks of East Africa or Botswana. The main attraction of Abuko are the rare Red Colobus Ape and the truly stunning birdlife, so the best thing to do is to stroll the Reserve accompanied by a good bird guide. There are two hides available for birders.

1 Thank c0pl0
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 February 2017

If you are bird watching or photographing then this is a must visit sight. We saw a good number of species including green and Violet Turacos along with giant Kingfishers.

Thank Peter B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We had a nice walk round the park, but did not see any animals, and not many birds. Maksutu Cultural Forest or the monkey park near Senegambia were more fun.

Thank Anteater117
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

The 'protected' forest itself is very disappointing and most of the animals have left, bar a few monkeys. We walked through the forest with a guide but there really was nothing to point out. At the end you come to a 'rescue' centre. There are caged vultures, monkeys, tortoise, pelicans (all in one cage) and loads of uncastrated hyenas in... More 

4 Thank laurakiddle
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

This place is beautiful if your after a sedate but long nature walk with lots of birds and monkeys. The animal orphanage needs some tlc and some education on environment and animal rehabilitation but they are making the best of a bad job! It is worth a visit especially if you see the endangered west red colobus monkeys.

Thank Bushra18
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Great place to visit although quite a long walk. The monkeys are wonderful to see but the other animals in the cages don't seem quite as happy although still well looked after.

Thank Ali H
Denver, Colorado
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369 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This nature preserve/research station/wild animal rehabilitation site is a must visit for anyone interested in the natural history of Gambia. The trails are safe and easy to follow, but be careful not to stop on/near a stream of ants on the move. Local experts are available to guide birders and further information is available at the observation deck of the... More 

1 Thank Doug K
Bristol, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit for young and young at heart, monkeys were amazing, a little greedy but very friendly 😁

Thank Kym N

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