Kiang West National Park
Travel to Kiang West National Park – Gambia’s Foremost Wildlife Reserve
The Kiang West National Park is one of the largest protected nature reservations in Gambia. Bounded to the north by the River Gambia it is around 1,100 hectares in size and has the largest and most diverse wildlife population in the region.
Being made up mainly of deciduous woodland and Guinea savannah, there are also extensive stretches of mangrove creeks, bolong tributaries and tidal flats. The area is also a birdwatchers’ paradise with over 300 species of birds. The three main areas are the bolongs of Nganingkoi, Jarin and Jali.
Kiang West National Park lies on the south bank of the Gambia River, 100 kilometres from the coast and 145 kilometres from Banjul. The park was established as a National Park in 1987. Although the major part of the National Park is dry deciduous woodland and guinea savannah, there are extensive stretches of mangrove creeks and tidal flats.
In the mangrove creeks, the West African manatee and the Nile crocodile occur. In the mangrove fringes and tidal flats the tracks of various animals such as the clawless otter, marsh mongoose and Sitatunga are to be found.
The upper reaches of the Nganingkoi Bolon on the eastern edge of the park provides rich feeding for a variety of waders, and the opportunity to see marsh mongoose as they pursue crabs and other invertebrates along the mangrove fringe.
Humpbacked dolphins are occasionally seen on the Jarin Bolon, and a patient observer at the junction of the bolons may be rewarded with a sighting of a manatee or sitatunga crossing the bolon to Jali Island.
To get to Kiang West National Park, travellers would preferably use 4-wheel drive vehicles using the southern trans-Gambia highway to Dumbuto which is the main base of the park.
- Explore the foremost wildlife reserve in the country.
- Discover the fauna and avi-fauna of Gambia.
- Kiang West National Park is a birdwatchers’ paradise.