Renowned wildlife cameraman, author and presenter, Simon King OBE, has expressed his interest
in travelling up The Gambia river on our new eco-friendly solar-powered boat - the first of its
kind in Africa.
Simon was born in Africa and visited The Gambia in 2009 with our colleague, Solomon Jallow, when he was
following Scottish ospreys on their 3,000 mile migration to West Africa as part of the BBC's popular
Autumnwatch TV series. On that occasion, however, he did not get the opportunity to travel beyond the
The Gambia river is one of Africa's major waterways and of vital importance to over 540 species of
birds, about a third of which are paleacrtic migrants. The further up-river you travel, the
more interesting it becomes... Once you reach the freshwater habitat, approx 200 miles up-river, the
vegetation changes radically and rare species can be found such as the gloriously patterned Egyptian
Plover a.k.a crocodile bird which is perched just above Simon's shoulder! Hippos languish in the shoals
whilst monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees cavort in the verdant canopy of the River Gambia National Park.
So why not follow the ospreys' example and fly
to The Gambia this winter? Click here to watch an introductory
video about The Gambia, read more about how you can
Discover the Gambia River or start planning your
wildlife holiday to The Gambia.