Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve - Gambia

The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve is on the Gambia River, near Tendaba. Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, at 85 square miles is the Gambia's largest nature reserve, with three distinct eco-systems in close proximity: mangrove forest, salt marsh, and savannah woodland. In addition to impressive resident and migratory birdlife here – including the wooly necked stork, goliath heron, brown necked parrot, and fairy blue flycatcher, a boat trip through the mangrove creeks may uncover such species as Blue-Breasted Kingfisher, Pel's Fishing Owl or the elusive African Finfoot. You also may see such fauna as the clawless otter, Nile crocodile, West African manatee, hippopotamus, and the rare Sitatunga, a type of antelope that lives in the marsh.