The Gambia is an overlooked African holiday destination, but it has much to offer in the way of its palm-fringed beaches, nature reserves, bird watching, culture and history.
The intriguing capital city of Banjul has an alluring charm with its captivating history, golden beaches and aromatic markets. Situated on St. Mary’s Island, the city bristles with character as you wander between the faded colonial buildings in Old Town, see the traditional kirinting houses made of bamboo and bargain your way through the famous Albert Market.
Just 11km south-west of Banjul you’ll find the Bijilo Forest Park, where monkeys and over 100 species of bird can be spotted as you hike along the forest trails to the sand dunes of Brufut Beach – a private haven where you can indulge in water sports or sunbathe along the golden shore.
Another stunning stretch of coast is Sanyang Beach with its remote shoreline enveloped by mangrove lagoons.
Further north you can watch the locals cast their fishing nets along the beaches of Tanji Fishing Village with colourful pirogues dancing along the sparkling ocean. The village museum offers a glimpse into Gambian lifestyle and traditions.
Nature-lovers should visit Gambia’s oldest reserve, built in the 60s – Abuko Nature Reserve, which aims to conserve the national wildlife. The Kachikally Crocodile Pool in Bakau is home to 80 crocodiles, an ethnography museum and lovely nature trails. A day trip to Makasutu Culture Forest’s mangrove creeks, salt flats and savannahs is equally inspiring.
No trip to Gambia is complete without seeing the Wassu Stone Circles in the Central River Region. Believed to be the burial sites of ancient chiefs and kings, this UNESCO site dates back to 750 AD.
Stay in one of the floating lodges along the Gambia River or luxury safari tents for a truly African experience! Partake in a cooking class and learn how to prepare a traditional West African dish.
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