Bijilo Forest Park

 

Bijilo Forest Park, or Monkey Park, is located in the coastal zone, just 11km from Banjul. It’s a small reserve, relatively speaking, and is a point of pride for nearby locals. The trails here are well maintained and take you through incredibly lush flora, a gallery forest, grass and low bush, on your way to the dunes.

The three primate species are the red colobus, vervet, and patas. Tourists are encouraged not to feed the monkeys as they can get pretty cheeky! Bird lovers will love the more than 100 species found in the park including osprey, bee-eaters, and francolin. The reviews seem to be consistent:  a charming reserve that everyone falls in love with.