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Wednesday, September 30, 1998
Bakau (Banjul), The Gambia
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Bakau (Banjul), The Gambia:
Latitude: 13° 28' 6" North
Longitude: 16° 40' 57" West
Altitude: 215 feet
From Seattle: 6788 miles
Lodging: Hotel - New Town Guest House

Today's Travel:
Country: The Gambia
Region: Kombo Peninsula
Start: Bakau (Banjul), The Gambia
Stop 1. Serekunda
Stop 2. Abuko Nature Reserve
End:Bakau (Banjul), The Gambia
Linear:12 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Monkey Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

Red Monkey Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

Lion (caged) Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

Monkey Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

Tree in evening light Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 538
Linear Dist: 126273
Countries Visited: 37
Regions Visited: 153
More stats...
Hotels: 145
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1964

Journal Entry:
Woke up with a well deserved hangover. Spent the afternoon in my room reading and writing.

In the late afternoon I headed to the Abuko Nature Reserve some 20km South of Banjul. I spent a little over two hours in the park and never saw a single person other than the gate keepers. Monkeys (several different kinds), birds (bazillions), lizards, spiders and insects rule the park. The park was a perfect way to sweat out my hangover. The trees were so dense the path was through a tunnel of greenery. The sounds of monkeys chattering, birds calling, and that always frustrating rustle of something running away unseen in the undergrowth permeated everywhere. It all made for a tranquil, cathedral like environment. It did get a little creepy as it started to get dark, and when I left the park the gatekeeper had to come back to unlock the gate - I almost had to spend the night!

Another major storm tonight. Luckily it waited until I was home. The winds sound incredible, and the lightening flashes are getting closer together (which is messing up my BBC reception!). On and off rain for the rest of the night, but nothing to hard.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: The Gambia
CIA World Fact Book: The Gambia

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