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.