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Chimp Rehabilitation Project

Chimp Rehabilitation Project

A visit to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project’s camp, is an unforgettable experience and provides an opportunity to visit more of the real Gambia and its wildlife.

Gambian wildlife at its best

A fantastic opportunity for wildlife lovers to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat, this unique conservation project began in 1979, and today is home to more than 100 chimps. The chimps live on a series of three islands, which are located around 270km inland from the coast, deep in the heart of the River Gambia National Park.

Open to visitors for four days each week, this conservation project offers accommodation consisting of simple, twin-bedded safari tents on raised platforms, all of which boast astounding views of the national park. You’ll enjoy freshly prepared food in the Waterhouse below whilst you soak up the sights and sounds of the river, the gallery forest, and the main event – the wildlife.

Seeing the chimps and other wildlife

The highlight of your stay here is sure to be the daily two-hour boat trips around the islands, where not only will you get to witness the daily activities of the chimps, but also the hippos, crocodiles and beautiful array of birds who also reside close to the river. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see African wildlife at its best with expert guides to inform you. Although the chimps do fend for themselves, due to the growing population their food supply is supplemented on the island riverbanks every other day which is the best time for viewings, although it is unusual not to see them during each boat trip. Access to the islands for guests is prohibited so that the animals’ environment is protected.

There are several other activities available such as night walks to see bush babies and morning birdwatching talks and nature walks – often at no additional cost (although you may choose to tip the excellent local guides). An additional morning boat trip is included for guests staying a minimum of 3 nights (although ‘Little Africa’ is available to other guests for a supplement). This takes you up a picturesque, meandering creek as well as alighting on the main riverbank for a short hike up to a viewpoint overlooking the river and its islands; this was the alleged site of the demise of the last Gambian elephant.

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