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“Monkeys Galore”
Review of Bijilo Forest Park

Bijilo Forest Park
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Banjul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This park contains a wide variety of birds.
Reviewed 23 April 2014

You are guaranteed monkeys here: Vervets are all over the place and you'll probably also see Red Colobus swinging through the trees. A variety of birds, some of which have learned to pose for photos, are around.

You'll be faced with the moral dilemma of whether to feed the monkeys: the signs at the entrance, where the peanut sellers stand, say "Don't feed the monkeys" but everyone does and the monkeys will soon lose interest in you if you don't.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Personally I had a great time at the monkey park! However it is an overgrown forest and there is lots of litter. If you can see past this to the cute savvy monkeys you can really enjoy yourself. It cost 150 dalasi to get in which isn't much at all. There will be lots of locals outside wanting to be your guide. I would recommend finding a local near your hotel who will be willing to take you and that you can trust (this sounds really random but is normal in The Gambia.) purchase some nuts for the monkeys before getting to the park and then when you get there the monkeys will come to you. The earlier you go the better. Beware of the monkeys they are so greedy. Give them nuts one at a time or you will be out of nuts before you can say boo! Really good time but only if you can see past the imperfections and remember its Africa and. It a western zoo!

Thank Lucy w
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Hopefully this is the monkey park and not somewhere else. It doesn't cost that much to get in but really as with most of these places the monkeys aren't stupid and meet you around the entrance where they stuff their faces with the nuts you have brought then disappear when all the nuts have gone. You then can go on along walk though a fairly run down park and probably not see a monkey again until you get to leave. No harm in having a guide as you only have to leave a small donation at the end if you do and our guide was quite interesting. Sadly my girlfriend got accidentally bit by a monkey (she wasn't feeding it fast enough!) and so we then had to go to the local medical centre to see if a rabies jab was necessary. Luckily not. The monkeys can get quite pushy (not aggressive) and clamber all over you so children might get slightly alarmed. Still, worth a visit for just a few quid.

Thank Rainman1957
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

It's a real shame to be writing this but this trip is really a waste of time. The forest is overgrown, half dead and full of rubbish so it's not a pleasant walk at all. There are hardly any monkeys, in fact we see more in our hotel each day!

Thank Mandyfaz
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Nice day out and lovely to see Monkey's everywhere you looked. But be prepared to get lost... the pathways they recommend you take are not made clear once you set out, the path's are suppose to be set out in colours on the tree's but they have faded over time, even when we found an area where it said map there was not one... you got to love gambia !! apart from trekking for what seems like forever to find the exit it's well worth a visit

Thank NinaFall
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