A warm climate, welcoming people and amazing landscapes – from long stretches of golden sandy beaches at resorts such as Kololi Beach and Kotu Beach, to mangrove swamps and nature reserves: The Gambia is a friendly place where you’re sure to find a healthy dose of winter sunshine!
Known as ‘The Smiling Coast’ you’ll find some of the friendliest people on the planet in The Gambia and that’s just one of the many charms luring visitors here year after year. As well as being one of the world’s best destinations for bird watchers, its blend of incredible culture and wonderful nature promises a relaxing holiday with a touch of spice thrown in.
- A 6 hour flying time from the UK to Banjul and in the same time zone as the UK – so no jet-lag
- Accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from luxurious to small and friendly
- Very little rainfall in the winter months and certainly no snow
- An amazing mix of culture to discover through food, arts and crafts and traditional entertainment
- Great value for money – non euro zone
- A wide range of excursions available from bird watching and fishing, to learning about the slave trade of the 1700s and the story of Kunta Kinte
Our Top Hotels
- smartline Palma Rima – Fun and friendly atmosphere with a large swimming pool, ideal for groups
- Senegambia Beach Hotel – Set amongst lush tropical gardens and right beside the beach
- Laico Atlantic Banjul – Located right by the beach with a great beach restaurant and regular live entertainment
- Holiday Beach Club – A peaceful and relaxed beach location with restaurants and bars nearby
- Kombo Beach Hotel – A popular, beachfront hotel with great views and only 50m from the craft market
Perfect for Relaxing…
- Gambia has superb beaches, most being wide and sandy so there’s ample space for sun-soaking
- There are several beauty salons and a range of massage facilities in and outside of the hotels
- Free your mind and do nothing at all on a lazy day cruise on the river Gambia
Perfect for Being Active…
- Gambia is a paradise for birds with over 500 species – don’t forget your binoculars!
- The Gambia River carries with it a rich variety of fish, as does the vast ocean of the Atlantic – perfect for fishing
- The Fajara Golf Club has an 18-hole course, which is close to most of the resorts
- Bijilo Forest Park is a small reserve on the edge of the beach – a haven for birds and monkeys
- Sample the way of life and discover Gambia’s villages and towns by 4 wheel drive or mini truck
Perfect for Exploring…
- Banjul, Serrekunda, and Bakau are known for their markets and craft markets where wood crafts, silver and leather products can be purchased
- Juffureh is a small village which is best known for its appearance in Alex Haley’s novel “Root-the saga of an African family” – a slavery exhibition in the museum can be seen here
- James Island – Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Fort James provides an exceptional testimony to the different faces of the African-European encounter
- Crocodile pools – There are several crocodile pools sprinkled around the nation, with one of the most famous ones being in Bakau
- Browse the treasures of the Senegambia Craft Market in Kotu Beach and find some extra special souvenirs.