Senegal & Fathala: cross the Gambia River and head to the Fathala
Game Reserve where rhinos, warthogs, giraffes and monkeys await.
Makasutu: a unique experience in this ecological nature reserve, which
includes a journey in a 'dug-out' canoe.
The Gambia’s sandy beaches are a must-visit for soaking up some tropical
sun, gently eased by cooling breezes.
Language:The language spoken in the
Gambia is English, plus around 10 local languages and dialects.
Currency:The currency used in the
Gambia is the Gambian Dalasi (GMD). You’ll find a few ATMs in the resorts, but it’s best to
take traveller’s cheques and exchange them for cash at a bank or bureau de change.
Local time:Gambia is the same time
as GMT/UK time.
Fly to:Banjul (or Yundum)
International Airport, which is approximately 27km south of Cape Point, 20-25km south-east and
Kotu, and 21km south-east of Kololi.
Flight time from UK:6.5
Tourist Information:Further Gambia
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
click herefor recommendations and advice on visas and health
for your holiday to The Gambia.
Weather & Climate
Best time to visit Gambia:November-April when it’s all mid-20°C temperatures and an average of 8-10
hours of sunshine a day.
Gambia’s subtropical climate splits the seasons in two: rainy and dry.
The rains whoosh down from July-October, and the country roasts under high 30°C/low 40°C
temperatures and high humidity. It can feel rather cool at times; bring a couple of light
layers for early morning excursions or evenings out.
By ‘bush taxi’:Flag down a bush
taxi, which will be yellow with a green stripe. Popular with the locals (and cheap), they’re a
great way to zip around.
By minibus: Minibuses come in all
colours, and can be hired for groups and all-day tours.
By taxi: The tourist taxis can be
found near your hotel; these are green, and more expensive than bush taxis, but are regulated.
There should be a price board, so check the price of your journey and agree it with the driver
before setting off.
Gambian music: Early in February the
exhilarating Kartong Festival brings the sleepy village of Kartong to life, with its
celebration of Gambian music, arts and culture.
Gambian history:Every other May, the
quiet fishing village of Albreda plays host to the Roots Festival. Inspired by historian Alex
Haley’s book ‘Roots’, it explores Gambia’s history and its role in the transatlantic slave
West African culture:Street parades
and symbolic ceremonies celebrate West African culture with pomp and colour; look out for trips
to historic sites such as the museum in the village of Juffure, and to the UNESCO-listed Kunte
Kinteh (James) Island in the Gambia River.
Gambia is known as the "Smiling Coast of Africa" and although its the
smallest country in the mainland continent, it offers one of the biggest welcomes. With a warm
climate, welcoming people and diverse landscapes, from long stretches of white sand beach to
mangrove swamps and nature reserves, this friendly country attracts visitors seeking the
perfect winter holiday.
A base for wealthy locals and foreign dignitaries, the village of Cape
Point has a refined, laid-back feel. Enjoy your Gambia holiday at its beautiful best on when
relaxing on a lovely wide sandy beach and at the bird sanctuary. Further down the coast is Kotu, with its lively bars,
restaurants, clubs and a casino. For a more low-key experience, play a few rounds of golf,
relax on the beach, or take in the botanical gardens. The village of Kololi is a little further
south, and the popular ‘Senegambia Strip’ buzzes with restaurants, beach bars and an amusement
Just a small village, Kotu Beach resort revolves around the wide sandy
beach and a single road on which hotels, bars, shops and a few craft stalls can be found.
Entertainment in the area is traditional and hotel-based. A casino can be found nearby, as can
the Faraja golf course.
A long, wide sand-and-shingle beach resort with a number of cafés and
beach bars. Senegambia and the newer Village have some international restaurants, a craft
market and a couple of disco bars. Away from the beach, see monkeys at the nearby Bijilo Forest
Park – one of the main attractions in Kololi.
Dotted with low-rise hotels, Cape Point has a handful of restaurants and
a small craft market. This relaxed vibe continues onto the stretch of inviting pale sandy
beach, which attracts sun-seekers. Approximately 1km from Cape Point is the traditional African
town of Bakau.