#Travel: Gambia International Bird Festival slated for October 2016

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With over 550 species, The Gambia provides some amazing opportunities for birdwatchers.

The five-day festival, organized with the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management and hosted in Tendaba Camp, which is located in Kwinella in the Kiang Central Region about 150 km from the capital of Banjul, from 21st to 25th of October 2016.

The Gambia’s extensive swamps, mangroves, forests and wetlands support a real paradise for birds. Dubbed “The Smiling Coast of Africa,” the West African country is hoping to lure more tourists, especially birdwatchers and naturalists.

The festival will feature diverse birding activities, lectures, exhibitions and workshops – all situated close to prime birding locations. Tourists will be given an opportunity to enjoy over 550 species of birds including: Sacred Ibis, African Finfoot, White Backed Night Heron, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, Pel’s Fishing Owl, and many, many more.

Organizers of the Gambia International Bird Festival hope to promote wildlife tourism, support ecotourism, and the conservation of birds and their habitats.

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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