We can arrange a fascinating day tour with our local lepidopterist, Allen Holmes. He is a British expat living here in Gambia with his Gambian wife. He knows all the best local sites and will collect you from Farakunku after breakfast to take you to local lagoons with different habitats and species. After lunch back here, you will be taken to a choice of sites at either Brufut, Tintinto or Madiana stream for more excellent observations.
You will need a camera with a powerful zoom to capture the many specimens. Also shoes that can withstand possible wet ground. Allen will share his fund of knowledge and has delighted previous guests with his expertise and friendly, unassuming manner.
£100 for the full day for 1 or 2 people. (lunch not included)
£70 for a half day for 1 or 2 people.
Please let us know, a few days in advance, if you would like to book a trip with Allen and we will make all the arrangements with him.
Trip to Abuko Forest for bird/animal watching, Lamin Lodge (for lunch,) Brikama local goods and craft markets.
Trip to Bakau craft market, Botanical Gardens (optional), Crocodile pool at Katchikali and its local cultural history centre, Serrekunda Batik & Tie and Dye centre.
Trip to Makasutu Cultural Forest for guided walking tour, palm wine tapping demonstration, boat trip, lunch and cultural entertainment. Brikama for local goods and craft markets.
Trip to Bijilo Forest (Monkey Park) for self guided walking tour, and Serrekunda Market (the largest in Gambia)
Trip to Kartong, a trip along the River Allahein in a covered boat, Kartong beach and lunch/refreshments at Stala lodge, Kartong sacred crocodile pool, Snake Captivity/Education centre.
Trip to Banjul to visit the Arch, the Museum and to be guided around Albert Market, stopping at Denton Bridge on the river Gambia for refreshments to see the boats and cockle shell harvest.
Trip to Tanji open air Cultural Museum and Tanji Fishing centre for a guided tour of the smoking sheds and fish market. This trip is best in the afternoon, starting around 3pm ready for the fishing boats arriving at 5pm
TENDABA For guests wanting us to arrange a 2 night 3 day upriver trip to Tendaba by car and boat please contact us directly for details.
Birding at Farakunku
Here in the grounds and at different times of day you will see several varieties of Sunbirds, Fire Finches, Red cheeked-Cordon Bleus, Weavers, Waxbills, Gonolek, Mannikins, Babblers, African Thrush, Starling, Woodpecker, Warblers and many others coming to drink from the bird bowls scattered in the gardens.
We have regular visits from a flock of Little Bee Eaters most afternoons they come down to drink from our plunge pool.
We have the coastal birds nearby as well as garden birds and bush species, all of which explains the growing number of identified species seen in the grounds or within walking distance of the Lodges.
We have three excellent GBA registered bird guides who can take guests to the good birding areas: Tanji Bird Reserve, Brufut Woods, Pirang, Abuko Nature Reserve, Lamin Creek, Tujereng Woods, all of which are just a short drive away and can be done as half day trips or by combining two destinations for a full day. Marakissa and the bush track at Faraba Banta, are both longer trips but very good for birding (allow a day for each of these).
Birding Trips We Offer At Farakunku
Arts and Crafts
Here at Farakunku we offer a range of arts and crafts opportunities. Have a look at our gallery, workshops and art studio experiences.
1-2 people, £120; 3-4 people, £200 (including return transport to Denton Bridge.)
River fishing: cruise on a traditional wooden pirogue with sun canopy, flushing toilet, safety equipment, all fishing tackle & bait. Soft drinks can be purchased on board.
On-board by 10am return to Denton Bridge around 4pm
Choose to book a packed lunch to take with you (extra 250pp) or opt to stop at Lamin Lodge, a stilted riverside restaurant to purchase a lunch of your choice.(Average price 400pp).
Half day (10:00-1:30pm) Sea fishing for 2 persons £180
All bait and rods provided plus instruction if required.
New boat 2018. Including return transport to Denton Bridge, tea/coffee flask, a packed picnic lunch, Life jackets. *Please note there is no toilet facility on board.
Both trips require at least 2 days advance booking to avoid disappointment. Let us arrange it all for you from Farakunku Lodges!