The Gambia is synonymous with the Gambia River (the country have even adopted the "the" in its official name. Home to crocodiles, hippos, numerous species of monkeys and apes, and an endless array of birds, the River is the most obvious reason for leaving the coastal resorts. River tours are arranged from the coast, but the real treat is to venture into the interior and onto the Upper River far from the organised tours. Least visited, but with an abundance of life, is the part of the river between Janjanbureh and Basse Santa Su. Both are excellent places to arrange a explorations of the river, regardless whether this is done with a guide or braved alone in a traditional canoe. But beware, if attempting the latter, locals in these parts claim that, "the river does not like foreigners" and it can be difficult to navigate in the smallest canoes for someone without the right experience.