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“Amazing Arch Tours”
Review of Arch Tours

Arch Tours
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Kololi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Arch Tours are Gambian owned & managed ground tour operators with office in the Senegambia strip next to the scala restaurant on the strip to the monkey park. We offer ethical site seeing tours, tourist trips, safaris,educational tours,exclusive tours,cultural tours,scenic tours, airport transfers, hotel and private apartment bookings and reservation & excursions in The Gambia & Senegal.we have being operating as a fully insured and registered tour company in the gambia and senegal for 11 years.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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“Amazing Arch Tours”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

My wife and I have just returned from our first Gambian holiday and have to thank Arch Tours for making it the most wonderful experience that we will never forget. We also have to thank all the reviewers on this site who helped us decide that we would book our trips with Arch Tours as opposed to Thomas Cook. We spent many months reviewing Gambia and decided that with Arch Tours office right next door to our hotel the Kombo Beach we would book our trips with them and it was absolutely the right decision.
We booked 3 trips - the Lazy Day boat trip through the creeks and mangroves, the 4 in 1 and the Senegal trip to the National Park to do a mini safari and to see the lions close up. All 3 trips were brilliantly run, our enjoyment, well being and safety were very much the priority for the drivers and guides who took us out. We were well fed, had limitless drinks and had such a laugh with these people that you hardly wanted the trips to end. The 4 in 1 is a great trip to see so much of Gambian life with Serrkunda Market, the trip in to the villages and Tanji Fish Market being real eye openers! I fully agree with other reviewers that this is far, far more than 4 in 1 and is more like 8 in 1. Having said that you are never rushed in any location which shows how well thought out this tour is. Lazy Day is what is says - just a wonderfully relaxing cruise on a small two tier boat through the creeks and if you like birds then don't put your camera down for long. This was the only trip we paid for drinks but they were cheap and the inclusive buffet lunch delicious and plentiful.
The Senegal trip was brilliant including the madness of the Banjul - Barra ferry, What an experience that was with the most bizarre range of people, belongings and cargo I've ever seen on a boat. Once in Barra the onward jeep journey to Senegal and the park took around 40 mins. Once there we set about driving through the dirt tracks in search of the animals and eventually saw them all - rhino, giraffes, zebras, some huge antelopes, buffalo and warthogs to name a few. I have read criticism that this is a glorified Longleat but let's be clear here there are no sign posts saying where the animals are - this is bush country and there is no guarantee that the animals will be near the tracks so at times we ploughed off in to the undergrowth in our jeep to look for them and that is how we found a rhino lurking under a larger tree. We stopped just some 15 yards from it which was amazing for photos. Yes I agree that the park does need some more animals in there and speaking to the rangers that is what they are planning to do but they are expensive to bring in.
We had lunch then walked down a dusty track to a clearing to wait for the lions. The sight of 2 lions appearing in the distance alongside their keepers walking towards us completely untethered was just magical. They are 2 year old "cubs" but let me tell you the male was big! The keeper got him to lie down in front of us where in turn we could kneel next to him stroke his back and get our partners to take some pics - unforgettable
Huge thanks to the Arch Tours people - Kitabou in the office for taking our bookings and explaining everything so well (nice to see him out on a tour as well) to our drivers Bob and Armstrong, to Mary our guide on Lazy Day, Ali on the 4 in 1 and Denbo for Senegal. All amazing people who made our holiday one we will treasure forever
Love to them all from Angie and Les

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Senegal Safari”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

What can I say..

Brilliant, Professional, Assuing, Exicting, Value for money, Awe inspiring, Simply awesome...

Highly recommend Arch Tours, Abdul (Manager), Soloman, Denbo, Armstrong (Guises) were all very professional, did not 'hassle' in any way, answered all questions in extremely good english, were funny, entertaining but always carried out thier job in a way that really stood out from the usually Gambian experience and I cannoy recomment Arch Tours enough, Really made our holiday... We will use Arch Tours again...

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“4 in 1 Tour - Excellent!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We would highly reccomend Arch Tours having just spent a day with them on their 4 in 1 tour. A fantastic way to see The Gambia way of life and a real insight into their lives. The whole tour was really interesting and informative. The fish market really has to be seen to be believed. The Gambian people were so welcoming everywhere we went and the tour guides and driver from Arch Tours were fantastic company for the day. We went as a family with my 13year old son and 11 year old daughter, it was a real insight for them and they thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children in the village.

Visited April 2014
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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“2 day trip up the River Gambia”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Brilliant with great guide & driver. Plenty of refreshment stops.
Slept in a round house. Saw hippo's in river. Chimps on the island and many many birds.
Will definitely use this company again

Visited March 2014
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“Wonderful day out! ”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

This was such an excellent day! We loved it. Did the 4 in 1 tour. It seemed more like the whole Gambia in one tour! Felt extremely safe and also really felt the guides cared about your experience being good (BK and Amie were excellent!).

The trip itself had some personal highlights. I would say my highlight of the day was the crocodile pool as I probably won't ever touch a crocodile again (plan on putting my crocodile tooth necklace and photo in a frame when we get home!). Other people loved the village; i would recommend you take some pencils or sweets as the children are so grateful. The free drinks all day were also a highlight (more beer and soft drinks than you could ever need!).

A worthwhile trip! A reliable company! Well and truly worth every penny!

Thank Helenkm18
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