The national park is ideal for sighting the birds that migrate from northern Europe and Siberia.The park's vast expanses of mudflats provide a home for over two million migrant shorebirds from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland. The region's mild climate and absence of human disturbance makes the park one of the most important sites in the world for these species. The nesting bird population is also noted for its great numbers and diversity. Between 25,000 and 40,000 pairs belonging to 15 species, making the largest colonies of water birds in West Africa.
A skeleton of a huge whale

Iwik is a fishing village located in Banc d’Arguin National Park. The main entrance of Banc d’Arguin is located near Iwik village. A sign marks the entrance, guarded by the skeleton of a huge whale.
Iwik Birds

At Iwik a permanent tented camp with covered dining area and souvenir sellers is located inland behind the village and provides a place to rest-up.

One of the main reasons to visit Iwik is to take a boat trip to view the masses of birds which congregate here in the winter months on their migratory routes. Either a shorter round-trip excursion is available or a full day option which visits the nearby islands.
Wooden Boats

In this tour, clients will discover hundreds of birds over a boat (wooden canoe) tour, enabling them to go out on the Atlantic Ocean in Iwik where these birds are located. Sometimes, dolphins have been sighted from these boats. In this tour, fishing is also an option and the boats will come equipped with the appropriate fishing materials. Local seafood will be served at lunch.

Iwik National Park Tour