These towns we're visiting in central Gambia are difficult to reach for independent travellers, because they are five or seven kilometres off the main road. We had to ask the campament manager in Bintang to give us a lift to Sibanor in order to get a bush-taxi to Kwinella, from where we had to call the campenent in Tendaba to come and pick us up. It's not easy at all, but surprisingly everything works in the end and we are now in Tendaba, in a bungalow by the River Gambia, surrounded by the beautiful children of Tendaba and by pelicans and all sorts of colourful birds (twitchers' paradise, they call it).
We did a short 20Km-trek along the wetlands of the river and all the way to Toubab Kollon Point in Kiang West National Park, where we were able to spot even more pelicans, red monkeys, huge lizards and plenty more birds that I wish I could name, but I'm no twitcher, I'm afraid. The landscape was gorgeous, but the heat was almost unbearable and the thirst something hard to cope with, but again it was worth it. Something definitely happens when you travel that makes you become tougher.
This will be our last destination in Gambia and we feel sorry about it, but time is running short and we have to head back to Senegal. We decided to reach the border by pirogue, and what a pirogue! The engine broke down three times on our way to Yelitenda (A town close to the Senegalese border) and the pirogue had several holes in it, which meant that a boy was in charge of emptying the water from the bottom with a bucket. Quite an adventure! Sometimes you can hardly belive that everythings works out well in the end.
See you back in Senegal!
Idoia & Mikel.