Kathryn Burrington

Inspired by my grandmother’s tales of life in Shanghai and her adventures around the world in the 1920s and 30s, I caught the travel bug very early in life. My second great passion was born when, at the age of ten, I was given my first camera. I’ve been a snap-happy traveller ever since. Initially, in the south of England, where I was born but always dreaming of photographing exotic people and places. I’m now a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and my images are regularly published in national newspapers and magazines.

I’ve worked in the travel industry for over 23 years in several different roles. I started sharing my passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines through my blog, Travel with Kat, some eight years ago. This soon became my third passion. I’m dyslexic, so you can imagine how delighted I was to be accepted into the British Guild of Travel Writers. In 2017, I was gobsmacked to win their award for Excellence in Blogging.

Travel blogging is literally taking me around the world but there’s one country I keep returning to above all others, The Gambia. I particularly love photographing wildlife there. My degree, a great many years ago, was in zoology and psychology so it’s no wonder that I also love simply observing the animals from watching monkeys wrestling each other in a hotel garden to birdwatching from a canoe amongst the mangroves.

I recently started a niche travel blog, Boutique Gambia, where I’ll be sharing travel tales, tips and reviews about The Gambia and neighbouring Senegal. Do check it out to learn more about this exciting and colourful corner of the world. All the images you’ll see there are mine, as are most of The Gambia photos on this website. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve been visiting West Africa regularly for over 14 years. Be it on a press trip, volunteering, on holiday or a photographic assignment; I’ll grab any excuse to return. I look forward to introducing you to The Gambia and helping you discover the very best of ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa.’

At one of my favourite restaurants, Calypso
Malachite Kingfisher by Kotu Stream
Upcountry at a Jola initiation ceremony
Baboon eating oysters off the mangrove roots
Traditional dancing and drumming
On honeymoon at Mandina Lodges in Makasutu Forest
Giraffe, also on my honeymoon at Fathala, Senegal
Children celebrating a donation of mosquito nets
Red-billed hornbill in Bijilo Forest near Kololi
Crocodile at Kachikally Crocodile Pool
Stilted Lodge at Mandina in Makasutu Forest
Dancing at a village celebrating a donation of solar powered lights

The Gambia

“Visit the beach at Tanji to see the colourful local fishing boats being unloaded. It’s a photographer’s dream and an assault on all your senses as the sights, sounds and smells of the fish market engulf you.” –  Kathryn Burrington, The Gambia Specialist

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