7 days adventure trek with orientation and training, 2 to 8 months project with optional months overlanding.
This is a sample itinerary which will be adapted to suit local conditions remember that this is Africa.
Day 1 - Arrival:
Fly to Banjul in The Gambia from Gatwick. Arrive in Banjul, West Africa, mid-afternoon, GMT time zone (same as UK), warm 28 degrees centigrade, with the tropical sunset at 19:00hrs. Your Volunteer Africa guide will `meet and greet'! Your Adventure begins. Travel with our guide, to the small fishing town of Tanji, south Banjul. Settle into your Lodge, walk along the beach, see the birds, enjoy a fresh fish dinner.
Day 2 - Training & Orientation Day:
Also, see the strikingly coloured pirogues which supply the fish market, enjoy traditional lunch. Visit the Tanji museum.
Day 3 - To the 'Roots' village:
Getting to know Africa. Cross the mighty River Gambia by ferry to Barra to follow the new North Bank road making a detour to see the villages of Juffreh and Albreda which set the scene for Alex Haley's story of the slave trade and his `Roots'. Stay overnight in a simple hotel having met the village people seen the slavery museum and visited Fort James on an island in The Gambia River.
Day 4 - To the Island of Georgetown:
To Kerewan for our journey to Georgetown. Janjanbureh Georgetown is on an island in the Gambia River and if the ferry is closed your guide will get it to re-open! Overnights at Bird Safari Camp with its delightful red bishops, sunbirds, weaver birds, kingfishers and owls.
Day 5 - Georgetown exploration:
This includes a visit to a family compound, a river trip in search of baboons, hippos and crocodiles. A visit to Africa's `Stone Henge' at Wassu Stone Circles. The historic old colonial town of Georgetown gives a fascinating look at history, whereas the island itself is a birdwatcher's paradise (Gambia is world famous for having 560 species of birds, often brightly coloured and they're in your hotel garden!).
Day 6 - Training and Orientation:
Day 7 - Your Volunteer Project:
To your placement in The Gambia or Senegal. Choose from 2 months to 8 months plus time for overlanding if you wish.
You are now prepared and ready for your choice of 2 to 10 months, plus overlanding (backpacking) as below, if you wish. All Good Things: Come to an end? Extra time for overlanding.
Extra time - overlanding (backpacking)
After your project you are free on your own to do whatever you choose, depending on your departure date. You can stay on in St Louis or Georgetown or fly home to that unreal world. Or do your own overlander for a month or two to Mali by road and back to Dakar by slow train. Or perhaps to the lions, warthogs and giant antelope up the road from Gambia and Basse Santa Su to the big game reserve of Nkolo Koba or the lush green forests and tropical beaches of Casamance in South Senegal, even on to Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. So you have several months in several African Countries by the mighty rivers and the ocean. You have the option to join with other volunteers and travel together if you wish. Live it, enjoy it. Work at it.
£1,900 until mid April - up to 12 months including Gambia adventure trek, orientation & training and project placement