27th of January 2019:
We paid the entrance fee for the obligatory guide, the car, and us. First, we drove in the direction of the Gambia River, which is not as swollen as during the rainy season. On the way there, we already saw the first antelope species and warthogs. Many colorful birds were sitting on the branches and were flying above our heads. We felt like being in a typical safari movie, in which white people wearing functional wear discover a foreign country with locals. While eating lunch, we saw a crocodile on the other side of the river and many monkeys climbed around the traditional thatched huts. On the more than 100km, partly difficult to drive, we experienced many changes in landscape. At one time, we drove through dense bamboo forests, later in the middle of a smoky bush fire and suddenly, everything appeared in a dark green dress, since the Gambia River was close by. At the end of the day, we were exhausted, but happy from the many impressions and laid down in the same bed as last night in the small hut with a thatched roof.