Anyone have recent info about the Chimp Rehab Camp/Badi Mayo?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 10:23 PM Last Post By: lostcoastlines
Oct 9, 2012 10:27 AM
Anyone have recent info about the Chimp Rehab Camp/Badi Mayo?Hello, does anyone have recent information about the chimp rehab camp/Badi Mayo? Lonely Planet mentions it, but the website it lists is now defunct. I didn't see anything explicitly mentioned about it on the forums, though someone else seemed to indicate they couldn't get through. Just thought I'd check to see if anyone knew whether it still exists and can be visited.
If not, does anyone have an alternative animal-friendly suggestion in The Gambia? I've read some good reviews of the Bird Safari Camp, but not sure about other options.
Oct 13, 2012 4:10 AM
1When the founder of the chimp rehab project (Stella) sadly passed away, her husband continued to run the operation. Then under armed guard he was forcibly removed and the project handed over to an American owner. I read this online and I guess this is when accommodation etc stopped. You can still get to see the chimps on river trips though. I too am considering Bird Safari camp which offers boat trips in the area. The Gambia Horse and Donkey project (which is run by Stella's sister) is also in this area and can be visited (a poster on TA commented that the chimp camp told them not to go - they wouldn't be welcomed but they commented on having a great time at it so make up your own mind!)
I do note that Gambia Experience are now offering stays at the chimp camp - I looked at this but wasn't pleased when I read reviewers commenting that virtually all mention of Stella's hard work had been eliminated so I think I will stick with the Bird Safari Camp:
Another one I'm looking at is Mandina River Lodge in Makasutu forest area.
Hope that helps!
Edited by: ponaire
Nov 17, 2012 10:23 PM
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