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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 13:34   #1
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Latest guide recommendations

Hi all

We are hoping to do a week birding in Gambia this winter. Does anyone have any recent recommendations for guides (with transport) please?

Is there anyone we should avoid? (You can message me if you would rather not put that in an open forum).

A lot of the Gambian guides websites don't seem to have been updated for years!

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Old Wednesday 18th September 2019, 22:34   #2
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A difficult subject, there are a few good ones, a few half-decent ones many duffers and a few out-right crooks.

I can recommend guides who work with us at Kartong Bird Observatory:

Ranked alphabetically:

Musa Jatta https://turacobirding.org

Tijan Kanti: [email protected] (this is the correct email spelling)

Kebba Sosseh http://birdseekerstours.com

Whoever you get, stipulate that payment will only be made at the time of the visit and it will only be made if the guide you booked leads you. Often guides who are busy will double and triple book and pass the least lucrative groups onto their side-kicks/relatives/apprentices. Proceed with caution.
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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 11:56   #3
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I have used Modou Colley on numerous occasions over the last few years and Modou has always been reliable and honest as well as a great birder and excellent company, I can highly recommend him.

Follow this link to his website, http://bestgambianbirdguide.blogspot.com

Modou can also be found on facebook.....Professional Bird Guide in The Gambia, modoucolleybirdguide
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 19:51   #4
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#Billy No Mates

Do you mind me asking how your booking with Modou went? I emailed him to check his availability and his prices and he replied quickly. I then wrote an email to confirm and to ask how to contact him in Kololi when I got there and I've not heard from him in days? Is he generally laid back or should I worry?

I don't want to leave it till I get there to find he's not around and I can't contact him.

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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:59   #5
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#Billy No Mates

Do you mind me asking how your booking with Modou went? I emailed him to check his availability and his prices and he replied quickly. I then wrote an email to confirm and to ask how to contact him in Kololi when I got there and I've not heard from him in days? Is he generally laid back or should I worry?

I don't want to leave it till I get there to find he's not around and I can't contact him.

TIA
Just got back from a week in Gambia guided by Ebrima Sidibeh. He was excellent in the field and the itinerary was reasonably hard-working to maximise species without stopping it being a pleasant experience (230-odd species in a week). Dunno if he'd be free during your dates, I think he's pretty much in demand.

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Old Friday 24th January 2020, 13:09   #6
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Thanks for your feedback. I 'kind of' have a provisional booking with Modou, but he's incommunicado at the moment. I just wondered how firm your booking was with your guide and what communication/agreement did you have before you travelled? Maybe I'm worrying about nothing. I just want to make sure I don't get there and find I don't have a guide.
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Old Friday 24th January 2020, 16:47   #7
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Booked Modou a few years ago and he sent a replacement to our hotel as he was busy with another group. Not impressed considering we supposedly had a firm booking. Turned out ok because the replacement was good and we used him for the rest of the trip and again when we returned to The Gambia.
Basically, if you do get let down, go to Kotu creek and you’ll soon be fixed up. Employ someone for a local half day and stick with them if you’re happy.
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 13:57   #8
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I used Modou most recently in March 2019 and again in November 2019 and had no complaints, he really is a first class guide and is very reliable. Several well known tour companies use him.

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I hired Musa Manneh this past December 2019. https://sites.google.com/site/musama...tours/about-me
My wife and I traveled with him upriver for 6 days and also birded what they call the "Coastal Area" for 5 days (It is not only the coast; that area can be 20 km from the ocean!). We found Musa to be an excellent, knowledgeable guide with a terrific personality. He provided a professional driver with a clean, comfortable vehicle. We also found his rates to be quite reasonable.
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