River Adventure with Fair Play

Fair Play River Adventure


Experience a River Adventure in Gambia like never before on the Fula Princess private charter! Our friends from Fair Play Gambia have created a fabulous new way of travelling up-river and we are excited to team up with them to offer these unique trips to our guests. We all think it is a perfect package! Are you a birder, do you enjoy fishing or are you a nature lover? Keep on reading!

The Fula Princess is a 15 metre wooden pirogue combining a beautiful mix of tradition and modernity to create a perfect river adventure experience for guests. With four comfortable, stylish berths as standard, the Princess is perfect for families, small groups of friends or couples looking for an independent African birding adventure. That’s right, why sleep somewhere along the river, when you can actually sleep in style ON the river?

Sail down the river with Fair Play River Adventure
Fair Play River Adventure

A River Adventure aboard The Fula Princess

A trip on the Fula Princess offers a new and unique experience for birding enthusiasts. It is a journey into the heart of this stunning country, where the best of the wildlife and the most vibrant of cultures meet. It is the chance to travel in style along the beautiful, unspoilt River Gambia. Go from the saltwater wetlands of Banjul to the rice fields of Basse in the East and take in the amazing biodiversity of The River Gambia National Park along the way. From dolphins near the coast to the hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees of the up-river, and more than 540 species of birds. The Gambia is a nature lovers dream.

Because Fair Play Gambia is a social enterprise like we are, they are the community. So if you feel like resting the binoculars or fishing rods for an hour, they can also introduce you to a fascinating and welcoming culture,

Join in  community led activities and workshops; kayaking, bicycle adventures, silversmithing and Pottery making, memories of which last a lifetime.

Enjoy canoeing the river with fair play gambia
Enjoy Canoeing on the river


From 3 – 7 nights,
before or after your stay with us


up the River Gambia


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Like a local:

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£150 per person day/night,

Min: 2 people/3 nights  


Friendly professional crew,
experienced birding guide,
3 delicious meals a day,
all boat running costs,
and a flexible itinerary.As much coffee/tea as you like.

Entry to The Wassu Stone Circles, The River Gambia National Park


Drinks, trips on shore and personal expenses.

Transport from departure points

additional activities/ workshops

Transport: Available at an additional cost 

Added Value

If you would like to add in a half day’s birding to Bansang Quarry to see established colonies of Red Throated Bee Eaters or visit The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve home to 268 bird species from 62 families while on your Fair Play adventure we are happy to oblige.

Cost fully inclusive of transport, guide and driver is £40 per person.


TripAdvisor Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay aboard the Fula Princess on the river Gambia from Bintang to Janjanbureh. The very professional crew were excellent – nothing was too much trouble and every whim was catered for with wonderful Gambian flavours from Yusupha’s galley, Basiru’s…More


What better way to birdwatch on the River Gambia than on board a traditional Gambian boat such as The Fula Princess? Six of us enjoyed this trip, with two sleeping aboard and the other four in lodges close to our mooring. Meals were taken on…More