See Gambia from a Kayak

Kayaking Through Mangroves at Tanji in The Gambia

Kayaking can be an exhilarating experience, especially when done in unique and picturesque locations. One such destination that offers a mesmerizing kayaking experience is Tanji, a small fishing village located on the Atlantic coast of The Gambia and this is where you will find Kayaking Gambia.

Footsteps have partnered with Kayaking Gambia to bring you an absolutely unforgettable experience. You don’t need any experience because Mark and his team of Kayaking pros will give you any and all the knowledge you need in order to enjoy one of the best mornings or afternoons you will ever have.

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Tanji is blessed with beautiful and dense mangroves that form a natural maze, perfect for exploration by kayak.

As you embark on your kayaking adventure at Tanji, you’ll immediately be struck by the tranquillity of the surroundings. Leaving behind the bustling village, you’ll find yourself immersed in the peaceful world of the mangroves. The towering mangrove trees, with their intricate root systems stretching out into the water, create a labyrinthine network of channels and passageways. The symphony of bird song fills the air as colourful species flutter and perch on branches, adding to the magical ambience of the mangrove forest.

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Gently paddling your kayak through the calm water, you’ll feel a sense of serenity wash over you. The experience becomes meditative as you synchronize your movements with the rhythmic stroke of the paddle. Fish dart between the roots, while crabs scuttle sideways, occasionally popping up to investigate the intruders.

There is something truly captivating about the interplay of light and shadow within the mangroves. As the sun filters through the dense canopy above, dappled sunlight dances on the water’s surface, creating a breathtaking display of colours. The vibrant green of the mangrove leaves contrasts beautifully with the deep blue of the sky, resulting in a visual feast that is a photographer’s dream. Ensure you have your camera ready to capture the unique and ethereal beauty of this natural wonderland.


Mangroves, with their intricate root systems and dense vegetation, serve as a natural shield against the relentless forces of erosion along coastlines. These unique coastal forests act as a protective barrier, safeguarding vulnerable shorelines from the erosive power of waves and tidal currents. The tangled network of roots found in mangroves helps trap sediments and dissipate the energy of incoming waves. Additionally, the thick layer of vegetation acts as a buffer, absorbing and dispersing wave energy, reducing the impact on the coastline. This natural defence system not only preserves the integrity of the shoreline but also provides a habitat for countless marine species, supporting biodiversity and sustaining coastal ecosystems.

Whether you just want a fun day out or maybe you are a photographer or keen birdwatcher, these sunset and sunrise trips are going to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

The trips last for between three and four hours and cost £30 per person. The trip can be booked online and prepaid or you can pay Kayaking Gambia on the day (Cash only, no credit cards accepted)

This includes

  • Tours designed for groups of up to 24 individuals are available. These excursions are carefully tailored to accommodate individuals of all ages and abilities. You have the option to explore the waters in our kayaks or our small pirogue boats, which can accompany the kayaks. This is particularly suitable for young children or customers who may not prefer kayaking. Throughout your journey, you will be accompanied by our dedicated and experienced staff who will ensure your well-being. Rest assured, all the necessary safety equipment, including life vests, will be provided.
  • Binoculars for keen nature watchers
  • A light picnic breakfast (on sunrise tours)
  • Snacks/ drinks (on sunset cruise)
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