Kartong Bird Sanctuary

West Coast  >  Gambia

The area consists of a number of marshes close together with scattered trees. It is located by the sea, so a walk on the beach is a good fit.

Added* by Klaas de Jong
Most recent update 7 December 2021


The swamps are largely covered with water lilies, but the White-faced Whistling Duck point you to the water features. There are many African Jacana and other rails (Black Crake, African Swamphen, etc.) and ducks like Garganey, Knob-billed Duck and others, but also many songbirds in the scattered acacias of the area. Like Plain-backed Pipit, Vieillot's Barbet and Cut-throat, but also 'Europeans' like Subalpine Warbler (inornata), Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Western Bonelli's Warbler, etc. And not to forget various species of herons, including Black Heron, Yellow-billed Stork and sometimes even Saddle-billed Stork.

On the beach you can find the rare White-fronted Plover and a variety of European migratory birds like , Sanderling, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel and many more.



It is best to explore the area, like all other areas in The Gambia, with a local guide. Guides have local knowledge and the latest information about the present species with possible. rarities, but also ensures your safety.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Scattered trees and bushes , Lake , Sea , Dunes


Flat , Wet , No shadow , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Various travel organizations offer birding trips to The Gambia. Such as, for example, BirdingBreaks.


View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


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