Welcome to Jimbana Park, The Gambia

Jimbana Park, a paradise for eco-tourists

The target group of Jimbana Park are eco-tourists like bird-watchers, anglers, bird-photographers, . Jimbana Park is valued as a park with basic facilities meeting the demands of eco-tourists. There will be many opportunities to explore the real Gambia. Eco-tourists will appreciate the contacts with locals in a natural and friendly way.

Jimbana will operate within a Multi Cycle Platform with other parks and in close relation with locals who can provide excursions. Jimbana will be the coordinator of the contacts with locals and keep contact with other eco-tourist parks in the Gambia.

 

Jimbana will be a sustainable park in harmony with nature & the local community (CSR). The eco-tourist wants to make a difference by supporting Jimbana Park and by doing that, create a great experience and “feel good” by spending quality time and money.

Eco-tourists

The North Bank of The Gambia is far less explored compared to the south bank. The rural areas are the most interesting ones for eco-tourists as the real Gambia can be found in these areas. The reason eco-tourists like to visit Jimbana Park is because of its connection to the surrounded locals. Jimbana Park is an old trading place and the locals are used to walk to Jimbana to meet other people. The local harbor is also situated in the park and fishermen are coming and leaving with their boats to the mangrove or the Gambia River. Close to the park is Bakalarr, a typical Gambian village where people live in compounds with their families. The very friendly Gambian’s welcomes Jimbana Park guests sometimes to their compounds which is an honor for the invited people and an experience to never forget. The retention of guests are not measured nowadays but is common

Bird Watchers / photographers

The Gambia is well known for its bird species. There are 500 different species of birds in The Gambia living within six protected areas aggregating about 40,000 hectares nationwide, under the protection of the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The Gambia has remained committed to the Wildlife Act, which was signed into law as far back as 1977. This political commitment to ensure that the environment is protected as a natural

resource is still at the heart of the national policy. Due to the location and the excursion possibilities, Jimbana is a paradise for bird-watchers.

Anglers

Anglers are a new group of customers for Jimbana Park. Jimbana is situated in the mangrove on a creek which is connected to the Gambia River. The river, which meanders within The Gambia from the west on the Atlantic into the east, cutting the country into two halves, carries with it a rich variety of fish. The Gambia is renowned for its sport fishing, and both experts and amateurs can enjoy the chances of catching the ‘Big One’, on either the river or the salty waters of the mangrove. The guides Jimbana Park will provide to the anglers need to be aware of the sustainability program of Jimbana Park. Fishes can be eaten for dinner, put back in the river or sold/given to locals. The guides are fishermen’s who are educated in the fish species.

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