Birds, look no further than Gambia

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, but despite that, it’s a great country for birds, as it has a wide range of habitats in a relatively small area. Footsteps is an ideal base for exploring the coastal region. If you visit in or around February, as I have,  it’s likely that one of […]

Linking Tourism & Conservation

Footsteps Eco-lodge has just become a member of LT&C ( Linking Tourism & Conservation ). And I thought I might tell you why. You never know, you may like the idea of joining us yourself 😉. Their mission is to facilitate an educational global network of tourism and conservation ambassadors. Working together to increase tourism […]

Great Egret

Great Egret is otherwise known as The Great White Egret, Common Egret or Large Egret. Often seen as the one pictured below, standing on one leg only. The bird has a notable kink of its neck, curving it into an “S” shape when flying. Although we don’t see many land around Footsteps we know when […]

Spiders in The Gambia.

The spiders in The Gambia are much like anywhere else in the world. I have never come across any poisonous ones like the kind you hear about in Australia. Whenever I think of spiders I’m reminded of a poem my Mum used to sing to me. “The incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout, down came […]


The Scimitarbill is indeed a bird and not an invoice for mechanical repairs on a sports car. It should also not be confused with a backsword or sabre with a curved blade although I believe this is where its name originates because of its beak! It is among three species of Scimitarbill all of which are […]

Western-grey Plantain-eater

I wonder why this large bird from the Turaco family is called a plantain eater. One thing that’s always made me giggle about this bird is that I have never seen one eat plantain and I don’t really know if they do but I suppose they must. They love fruit such as Mango, Papaya and […]

The Gambia

The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering River which shares its name. It is less than 50 kilometres wide at its widest point, with a total area of 11,295 km2. About 1,300 square kilometres or 11.5% of The Gambia’s total area is covered by water. It is the smallest country on the […]

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