Our upriver activities
FairPlay Gambia has developed an exciting range of eco-tourism activities for visitors to the Central and Upper River Regions. Based in Janjanbureh, we specialise in providing tailor-made, authentically African experiences for solo travellers and small groups looking to get off the beaten track.
We visit areas where the traditional culture is still strong and modernisation has not changed lifestyles. Our guides are from the local community and they are always happy to share their traditional knowledge of the river, the bush and the villages with you. And because we are a social enterprise business, you can enjoy your trip safe in the knowledge that you’re making a valuable contribution to sustainable development.
Residential River Cruises
A residential River Gambia cruise onboard the Fula Princess takes you deep into the heart of rural Gambia. Falling asleep to the sounds of the nighttime river and waking up to the spectacular African sunrise is an experience that you will never forget. Along the way, you will have a unique glimpse into the traditional lifestyles, culture and nature of this fascinating country.
Because we are a private charter, we can design the trip around your particular interests and move at your pace. And because we specialise in small groups (maximum 6 guests), you will enjoy a rich and immersive experience of The Gambia.
The Fula Princess is a traditional wooden pirogue, with two full-size double berths downstairs and options for sleeping under the stars on the upper deck. She is equipped with galley, marine toilet, sit-down shower, solar lighting and charging points and all the required safety equipment.
Bird-watching in The Gambia is an unforgettable experience, with a huge variety of habitats and species crammed into a small area. Birding on the River Gambia with FairPlay offers a unique chance to experience the full range of what can be found in the inland areas, both on and off the river.
Why FairPlay for Birding?
- Wake up in nature
- Top birding guide or bring your own
- Visit the best birding sites both on the river & off
- Explore new places that only we visit
- Environmental & socially conscious company
Kayaking with FairPlay is a chance to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the River Gambia in perfect peace and at your own pace.
We offer a range of trips to suit all levels of fitness and experience, from half-day local paddling to multi-night expeditions in tents, lodges and local homestays.
Along the way, you will enjoy incredible wildlife and have the chance to visit local communities.
UK instructors trained our friendly, professional guides and they have an in-depth knowledge of the river and surrounding communities.
They can offer basic instruction and safety assessments for beginners.
Hiking and Cycling
FairPlay has been developing a number of hiking and cycling trails from Janjanbureh and further afield, that take you deep into the heart of rural Gambia.
Experience the fascinating wildlife, traditional culture and a warm Gambian welcome as you explore areas rarely visited by travellers.
Our hiking and cycling webpage is under construction. Please message us for more information or to make a booking.
The River Gambia is home to the famous African Tigerfish and brings anglers from worldwide to test their skills against this fearsome predator. Our captain has vast experience in the area and will take you to the best fishing sites on the river, ensuring you the greatest chance of success.
Two x 3-hour sessions (morning and evening). Max two people: £120
If you prefer to fish from the bank, we can recommend the best sites and arrange equipment hire and a local assistant. Please message us for more information or to make a booking.
Local Boat Trips in our Small Boat
Round the Island – Two to three hours trips around the beautiful nature of Janjanbureh Island, looking for hippos, baboons and other primates.
1 – 4 People: £45
5 – 10 People: £70
River Gambia National Park – Six-hour round trip to see the Chimpanzees at the River Gambia National Park and a chance to spot hippos, crocodiles, baboons and other primates. Depart Janjanbureh at around 12 pm in order to see the chimpanzee feeding and return as the sun sets and the wildlife is most active.
1 – 4 People: £90
5 – 10 People: £120
Please message us for more information or to make a booking.
Workshops in Local Arts and Crafts
Traditional skills are still very much alive in rural Gambia. So, whether you’re interested in learning about African music, cooking, pottery, silversmithing or traditional fabrics, FairPlay can organise single-day or multi-day workshops with local artists who are happy to share the secrets of their trades.
- Pottery Making
- Tie-and-Dye / Batik Making
- Local fishing
Please message us for more information and prices.