We have visited The Gambia in February 2018. The trip started in the capital of the Gambia, Banjul, and the first day was spent in the coastal area of the River Gambia looking at the Mangrove areas. We stayed some days in Tendaba Camp, (around 160 km inland) on the Riverside. After this we returned to the coastal area and stayed the remaining period in Mandinari River Lodge. This lodge provided an excellent base to explore a number of different sites and habitats around the city of Banjul.
The Gambia is a small country, with a very good road networks making traveling within the country easy. There are a number of excellent bird watching sites located on the coastal belt including Brufut Woods, Abuko Nature Reserve, Tanji Bird Reserve and Kartong Sand Mines. These areas provide some of the best opportunities to see an outstanding array of mainly coastal birds.
I found our visit very relaxing having so many good places all nearby. Very friendly people and very friendly pricing. It is not difficult to find a professional guide, just hang around Kotu bridge and the guides will find you. Certainly a destination for a short trip in winter, to enjoy birds, friendly people and a lot of sunshine.