During the final days of Frederik’s stay we went to Kassell on the edge of the mangrove swamps and made a trip around the bird island – often where you see hundreds of pelicans that breed there. This time we saw many birds, but no pelicans. They should be back from their holidays in May.
Kassell is also where I previously saw the white crested tiger heron…sadly, like the shy dolphins, this also didn’t make an appearance. That’s okay though – this ain’t no zoo, this is Africa.
His final evening coincided with a birthday party held for myself. It was supposed to be a surprise but that illusion was broken when Khady gave me invitations to hand out to some friends. We had a splendid evening with Khady’s cousins singing, drumming and dancing. Thankfully there’s no photographic evidence of me showing the locals how to shake a leg.
I took Frederik back up to Banjul airport and he had a few hours to kill, so we visited Abuko nature reserve – something I’d recommend to others as it’s only 10 minutes or so away. Within an hour or so, I saw three crocodiles, countless monkeys, two antelope and many bird species including a woodpecker that Frederik was pleased to spot on his last day.