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“Making a monkey out of me!”
Review of Bijilo Forest Park

Bijilo Forest Park
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Banjul
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Owner description: This park contains a wide variety of birds.
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is a great place to visit. We had a guide Dansa Bah who really looked after my wife and I. Don't buy nuts from the people in the car park; wait until you pay your entry fee and buy from the lady at the desk. All the revenue goes back to the park.The first animals we noticed were goats who soon crowded around us wanting nuts. Then into the woods where we soon saw our first monkeys. They are not shy and are very gentle when taking nuts from your hand. Beware when you are not looking they may steal your packet of peanuts. We were lucky to see some red monkeys with their babies. The monkeys will even climb onto your back. Great time there.

Thank MJandPJ_53
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Having visited the Forest Park on numerous occasions, it is disappointing to discover that local construction works have led to a massive reduction in the size of the park. However, that’s not to say that it isn’t worth a trip. Walking around the park (guide recommended!) is a fabulous opportunity to spot a wide range of birds and monkeys in their natural habitats. If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to pose for a pic with a monkey sat on your shoulder!

Thank hannah347
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

First of all please note that the entrance is now on the main road, about 300 yards east of the conference centre building site entrance (approx a 10 minutes walk from where google maps will tell you that the entrance is).

When you get there you will see some craft stalls on your left, people trying to see you nuts and some local guides sat around having a chat. The ticket office is the building ahead of you on the left hand side.

Guides are ‘optional’ but we would recommend taking up their services. They are knowledgeable of the park, it’s wildlife and plants and can take you on more bespoke routes to make the most of your time. They also keep in contact with each other sharing the best places to see the monkeys that day.

Once paired up with your guide make sure you buy some nuts. A reasonable tip is 100 Dalasi per person per hour (plus extra if they are good).

Mustafa was recommend to us before we went and we would recommend him too, ‘The Gambian Sean Connery’!

Thank TeamHF
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

This used to be a great place to see birds in the early morning - both grey/green and red monkeys during the rest of the day - and if nothing else, a great wander through primeval forest - BUT the construction of a Chinese sponsored Conference Centre on a large part of the forest has driven all birds/monkeys elsewhere. Still of some interest but not what it was!!

Thank Famrave
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Bijilo monkey park is great nature reserve, although it's smaller than it used to be now because of some on going construction. It's still a very cool place to visit in the Gambia. Just make sure you come with some peanuts for the monkeys. They are never tired of eating nuts.

Thank Abby I
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