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
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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 Eurasian Oystercatcher (Western), 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 , Swampy , 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.


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