Bijilo travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: Low-to-mid-30s (°C) all year round.

Best time to visit: If you want to avoid the wet seasons, to make the most of the warm African weather, you’ll want to book Bijilo holidays between winter and spring.

Just like everywhere in Gambia, this destination experiences rainy seasons between July to October, but it’s much drier in winter through to spring. Temperatures remain in the 30s (°C) throughout the year, making Gambia a great destination for a splash of winter sunshine.

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Bijilo is best for...

Beach lovers: You’ll be free to spend your days soaking up the glorious African sunshine on one of the unspoilt sandy beaches. It’s impossible not to feel relaxed here.

Nature lovers: Discover exotic plants, birds, and wildlife in the verdant Bijilo Forest Park. If you’re lucky, you might spot a native vervet monkey swinging in the trees. 

Couples: Whether you want a romantic getaway or an idyllic honeymoon destination, the pristine beaches and lush green scenery are just the ticket.

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Fast facts

Language: English is spoken around the main tourist resorts, although if you head further afield you’re more likely to hear local dialects or French more widely spoken. Pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app.

Currency: The currency needed for your holiday is the Dalasi (D).

Local time: Bijilo is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Banjul International Airport. Transfer time to the resort of Bijilo is about 50 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Bijilo is 6–7 hours.

Tourist information: It’s worth reading more information before your Bijilo holidays over at www.visitthegambia.gm.  

Visa / health: For visas and health recommendations for Bijilo holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia.

Holiday destinations related to Bijilo:

  • Kotu Beach 
  • Kololi Beach
  • Banjul Beach
  • Brufut Heights
  • Getting around

    By bus: You can hire a bus for groups and tours. It’s the most convenient way see the sights if a group of you want to explore local attractions.

    By taxi: You can’t miss them as they’re painted green, plus you’re likely to find one near to your hotel. It’s always a good idea to agree a price with the driver before you hop on board.

    Events

    Roots Homecoming Festival: Every other May, the small town of Albreda gets together to celebrate African culture with a wealth of vibrant shows and music. Descendants of Gambian families travel from all over the world to learn more about their heritage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of this part of Africa, and have a good party at the same time!

    Rave About Africa: In spring, this spectacular season of beach festivals takes place, featuring everything from masquerade balls and banquets, and drumming workshops to live comedy.