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“Enjoyed this more than expected!”
Review of Bijilo Forest Park

Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Banjul
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Owner description: This park contains a wide variety of birds.
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Enjoyed this more than expected!”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

We had seen monkeys at out resort previously so went for the birds really. However we saw lots of tiny monkeys which were cute. We did not try to feed them as we were warned not to do so - feeding them is creating a problem as there are so many ! However we had one of the official Guides who led us along the tracks to where he knew the different birds were usually to be found and he was able to name, describe and call them with different whistles and his iPhone (!) and we saw many more than we would have had we gone on our own. Enjoyable walk and well worth the 150d; the Guide was free but we felt he did deserve the tip we gave him.

Visited March 2014
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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Everyone must see this!! Entrance fee is 60 dalashi. At the entrance, you will be offered to be guided by a local person but don't accept it. They will try to frighten you with poisonous snakes, but there are no snakes in the park actually (they say there are green mambas but... green mambas live in rain forest, don't they?) You can purchase peanut next to the main road for a very cheap price. This is very good for the monkeys, they love it. Be careful, monkeys try to get your peanuts out of your pocket.
It's a lifetime experience, don't miss it!

Visited June 2013
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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great to visit”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

A large area of forest, just a short distance from the beach, and easy to get to by taxi.
You will meet plenty of monkeys and it is a great trip.
Guides will walk around with you, and the monkeys know them... be careful the monkeys like to take your glasses or look in your bag for nuts.
You can walk at your own pace and enjoy the surroundings.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank mitchell213
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Don't feed the Monkeys !!”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

This is an interesting place to spend for as long as you like, exploring the small forest. If you are not knowledgeable about wildlife probably best to use one of the OFFICIAL guides inside the entrance and not the bumsters outside the gate who will try to get you to follow them

We know the area a little so didn't use a guide this time and spent a pleasant few hours strolling round photographing the many birds and insects and we left the forest at the beach to walk back to Brufut. You can also enter the forest from the beach avoiding the gate entrance fee and hassle although in my opinion it is better to pay as this helps with its upkeep.

The most annoying thing for me were the many shysters selling gullible tourists peanuts for the monkeys despite the large signs saying feeding them is prohibited. Feeding the Monkeys makes them aggressive and stops them from foraging for food as they would normally do. They do not need this additional food so please please don't follow the ignorant tourists and feed them.

Overall a great place to spend time, very peaceful once you're into the forest with many interesting birds plants etc to observe.

BUT PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS! The monkeys near the gate are quite aggressive because of this feeding, they can and will bite and monkeys are a rabies carrier.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank NYorksSteve
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not many animals..”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

But the monkeys are cool there, there is not to many tourists (only 2 for the 1,5 hour i spend there).
There is only monkeys, hyenas, 1 turtle and baboons. The road you have to drive through to get there is on the other hand very cool.

Visited March 2014
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