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"The Smiling Coast of Africa"

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Beaches

While the coastline of The Gambia is not that long in miles, there are a couple of stunning beaches. Especially because of the comfortable atmosphere and nearly Caribbean look The Gambia becomes more and more popular. But don’t worry. You will not found crowds of tourists. By many Paradise Beach in Sanyang is the most beautiful of all. This idyllic, white beach is beautifully situated in a bay and dotted with palm trees. The most popular beach resorts are located at the coast of Serrekunda, Kotu and Kololi. Here, you can find most hotels and the Senegambia Strip with restaurants, bars and souvenir stalls. The most pristine beaches are in the very south.

National parks

The Gambia has some beautiful national parks and nature reserves. Abuko Nature Reserve was the first reserve of The Gambia and designed in 1969. For real bird lovers this place is fantastic! For example turacos, green wood hoopoes, red-cheeked cordon bleus and red-bellied sunbirds are flying here. Also at Tanji Bird Reserve you can spot a lot of birds. For bigger animals, like monkeys, crocodiles and antelopes, you have to go to the Gambia River National Park. With a bit of luck you catch a glimpse of the hippos who live here!

Nature

Even though The Gambia is a narrow country in miles, you can see clear differences between the north and the south. In northern parts of the country, where it’s much more arid, you can find the typical baobab tree. You can recognize the tree by its thick trunk in comparison with its thin twigs. Southern Gambia is more green and fertile with forests and citrus orchards. The Gambia River, which has a really high level of salt, divides the northern part from the south. Because of the high amount of salt, mangroves can grow perfectly at the edge of the river.

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The Gambia offers a unique combination of outstanding beaches and African authenticity. Discover the Gambian culture, have a chat with the local people or just go to the beach to relax and enjoy the sun. Your holiday in The Gambia will be special and unforgettable!

Serrekunda Market in Serekunda Image gallery
Time zone
In summer -2, In winter -1
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
Required
High season
November – May
Currency
Gambian dalasi (GMD)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

The Gambia is well-known for:

  • Friendly and cheerful people
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • Discover the real Africa
  • Surprising nature and over 500 bird species

Keep in mind:

  • The Gambia is a poor, third world country
  • Vaccines and malaria prevention are recommended

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One of the Gambian beaches
Beaches

While the coastline of The Gambia is not that long in miles, there are a couple of stunning beaches. Especially because of the comfortable atmosphere and nearly Caribbean look The Gambia becomes more and more popular. But don’t worry. You will not found crowds of tourists. By many Paradise Beach in Sanyang is the most beautiful of all. This idyllic, white beach is beautifully situated in a bay and dotted with palm trees. The most popular beach resorts are located at the coast of Serrekunda, Kotu and Kololi. Here, you can find most hotels and the Senegambia Strip with restaurants, bars and souvenir stalls. The most pristine beaches are in the very south.

Abuko Nature Reserve
National parks

The Gambia has some beautiful national parks and nature reserves. Abuko Nature Reserve was the first reserve of The Gambia and designed in 1969. For real bird lovers this place is fantastic! For example turacos, green wood hoopoes, red-cheeked cordon bleus and red-bellied sunbirds are flying here. Also at Tanji Bird Reserve you can spot a lot of birds. For bigger animals, like monkeys, crocodiles and antelopes, you have to go to the Gambia River National Park. With a bit of luck you catch a glimpse of the hippos who live here!

Boat on the River Gambia
Nature

Even though The Gambia is a narrow country in miles, you can see clear differences between the north and the south. In northern parts of the country, where it’s much more arid, you can find the typical baobab tree. You can recognize the tree by its thick trunk in comparison with its thin twigs. Southern Gambia is more green and fertile with forests and citrus orchards. The Gambia River, which has a really high level of salt, divides the northern part from the south. Because of the high amount of salt, mangroves can grow perfectly at the edge of the river.

Crocodile pool in Kachikally
Wildlife

Mainly because of the different scenery, in The Gambia live more than 500 species of birds. Do you call yourself a bird lover? Than the Abuko Nature Reserve is the place to be! Admire turacos, green wood hoopoes and red-bellied sunbirds. But also the small forest of Bijilo and the Tanji Bird Reserve along the Gambia River are a must see. Nice for both bird lovers and nature enthusiasts is a bird safari. Most of the time you leave early in the morning in order to see the most beautiful species. More interested in big animals? With a bit of luck hippos show up in the Gambia River National Park. You always spot crocodiles in the Kachikally Crococile pool.

Fishermen in boat
Local culture

Watch everyday life at the Serrekunda Market. When you walk down here, you see, smell and taste the real Africa. Just be amazed about the products sold here. From televisions and fake Rolexes to living goats and fish. For a typical Gambian souvenir, like carvings, djembes, jewellery and batik fabrics you go to a Craft Market in one of the tourist areas. For more culture you can book an excursion with a four wheel drive to meet a Gambian family or visit a local school. Or go to the biggest fishing village of Gambia, Tanji and have a chat with local fishermen.

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Sources used on this page: Visit Gambia | Toeristiek | Flickr | Shutterstock | Wikimedia
Header image: Beach in The Gambia by Wikimedia