Located in a well-irrigated area along the banks of the Gambia, the gallery forests and savannahs of Niokolo-Koba are home to a wealth of fauna: the Derby elk (the largest of the antelopes), chimpanzees , lions, leopards, a large population of elephants and many birds, reptiles and amphibians. The Niokolo-Koba National Park is characterized by all the typical ecosystems of this region, over an area of 913,000ha. The best time to see the greatest range of animals is between March and May, despite the high heat. The park is open all year round. You can stay on the edge of the park, or in the park itself, which houses a hotel and several camps.