Banjul Weather August Averages, Gambia
August is considered to be the wettest month in Banjul but this should
not turn you off from enjoying a holiday here because the rain actually makes
the vegetation lusher. The wet atmosphere brings out the animals from
their habitats too. When the skies clear, the Abuko Nature Reserve would
be an ideal place to visit. To get to the Reserve, take a taxi from Banjul to Serrekunda which would cost at less than a
pound. From Serrekunda you need to walk for about twenty minutes to get
to the next bush taxi pick up point that would take you to Abuko.
In August, the estimated number of rainy days is eighteen
days, so bring an umbrella whenever you go out. The heat and humidity is
still at a high level and the temperature can get as high as 290 C.
The sun is expected to shine for about 7 hours that is why it is best to start
your outing early. Besides, early morning is the perfect time for bird
watching. Entrance fee to the reserve is less than a pound. In the
Reserve there are an estimated 290 species of birds, four primate species, the
most popular and plentiful being the vervet monkeys. There are also
reptiles such as monitor lizards, crocodiles, cobra, pythons and if you are
lucky, a Green Mamba.
Also in the Reserve is the Animal Orphanage which serves as a rehabilitation centre that cares for parrots, hyenas, various kinds of monkeys including chimpanzees. It is recommended that you take a guided tour which costs at about £2 because a tour guide would be more informed as to where and when the animals are most likely to appear. For an excursion to the reserve make sure to wear sturdy boots, apply insect repellent and bring refreshments if you plan to stay the whole day.