Gambia is one of the smallest African countries, but it packs in everything you need for a fantastic holiday. Also known as the ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’, couples and families with love the mild year-round climate (even in winter) and a warm welcome from friendly locals. If you’re looking for that perfect beach holiday for the whole family, or somewhere romantic to walk hand-in-hand with your partner at sunset, this destination offers up tropical beaches with pristine white sand, lush green nature reserves and glorious landscapes galore. Resorts like lively Kololi Beach and peaceful Bijilo have everything you need for laid-back holidays to Gambia.
Things to do
When it comes to beaches on Gambia holidays, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From bustling Kololi Beach to secluded Bijilo, you’ll find plenty of places to relax and soak up the sunshine. While you’re there, you can cool off by taking a dip in the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. When you’re ready to get active, you can head off on safari. It may be a small country, but it’s rich in lush scenery and wildlife. You’ll discover a wealth of nature reserves ready and waiting to be explored. Holidays to Gambia will also take you to a region with a rich culture history. While you’re here, why not sample a slice of local life down at the market? And you can head to a museum to learn more about the country’s fascinating past.
What should I pack?
Whether you’re taking your holiday to the Gambia in the dry or the rainy season, sunscreen is an absolute must. Mosquito repellent is also crucial; while the night-time nippers are less prevalent in the dry season, they’re still out and about. During the wet season, the increase in humidity sends their numbers up, so pick a room with a bug zapper and a mosquito net for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
While the Smiling Coast is famous for its friendliness, it is a relatively conservative country. Save your swimwear and skimpies for the beach and keep covered up in public. Light and airy clothes, perhaps made from linen, cotton or bamboo, offer further protection against the sun, help to keep you cool, and minimise the potential for causing unintended offence.
For men, it’s a good idea to pack some smart-casual clothing. While you might spend most of your mealtimes at your hotel or at one of the beachside snack shacks, you might also want to visit one of the country’s excellent restaurants. If you do, smart trousers and a shirt are the best way to ensure you’re not refused entry.
Plug adaptors are a good idea for those who bring their gadgets with them.
ore Travel Guides
We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Banjul Beach | Bijilo | Brufut Heights | Kololi Beach | Kotu Beach