Get up close with African wildlife on a trip down the River Gambia when you book a holiday to Brufut Heights with Thomas Cook.
Spend your days sipping cold drinks in a beach bar or relaxing on the soft golden sands of the beach. At lunchtime, tuck into freshly grilled fish or a spicy Gambian stew at a local restaurant. Grab your camera and embark on a boat trip down the Gambia River, where you’ll see hippos and crocodiles. The nightlife in Brufut Heights is laid-back, with most hotels holding entertainment over dinner, such as live music and traditional dancing. Dine under the stars and soak up the tropical party mood.
Brufut Heights’ sandy beach is quiet and unspoilt, and easily accessed via specially designed pathways. Find yourself a patch on the sand under a shady palm tree or jump in for a dip in the warm waters. The atmosphere on the beach is lively in winter, but quiet spots can always be found. If you’re feeling active, most hotels will offer water sports packages so you can try wind surfing, water skiing or sailing. You’ll find a range of cafes and restaurants along the beach, perfect for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner under the stars.
Spend some time exploring the area’s rich wildlife with a trip to the Brufut Woods Community Project. This must-see attraction in Brufut Heights houses some amazing African wildlife and tropical birds. For a great day out, take a boat trip up the Gambia River. The river is home to hippos and crocodiles, so keep your camera handy. If you like shopping, make your way to the capital city, Banjul, just a 30 minute taxi ride away. You’ll find some great souvenirs at Albert Market, including traditional African batik fabrics and wooden crafts.
The local food in Brufut Heights is healthy and filling, with lots of fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Most hotels will serve a range of cuisines, including European dishes and a few Gambian specialities. But if you want to try some authentic local food, ask a local if they can recommend somewhere. Tuck into plates of juicy Atlantic prawns and barbecued red snapper, and hearty stews like domoda, made with chicken or beef, peanuts and vegetables. Then wash it all down with a glass of wonjo juice, a dark red drink made from the sorrel plant. It’s deliciously sweet and usually served with lots of ice.
Nature fans: Spot tropical birds on a trip to the Brufut Woods Community Project.
Scenery lovers: Brufut Heights boasts some of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean in The Gambia.
Beach bums: Spend your time daydreaming on the beach or sipping a cool drink in a beach bar.
Language: The language spoken in Brufut Heights is English.
Currency: The currency used in Brufut Heights is Dalasi (D)
Local time: Brufut Heights is the same time as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Banjul International Airport. It takes around 50 minutes to transfer to Brufut Heights.
Flight time from UK: The Brufut Heights flight time is 6–7 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Brufut Heights tourist information can be found at www.visitthegambia.gm
Visa & Health: Before you travel to Brufut Heights, make sure to visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia for health tips and advice on visas for your holiday.
Temperature: Low-to-mid 30s (°C) all year round
Best time to visit: To avoid the wet seasons and get the best of the African weather, visit between winter and spring.
The weather in Brufut Heights is rainy from July to October with drier days throughout the winter.
By bus: Buses in Brufut Heights can be hired. They make a great option if you’re travelling in a group.
By taxi: Green taxis can be found near to your hotel. Always make sure to agree a price with the driver first. Make sure you tip your driver!
West African Street Parties: Look out for trips to historic attractions in Brufut Heights, such as the village of Juffure and the UNESCO-listed Kunte Kinteh Island. You might even stumble across a street party whilst you’re there.
Roots Festival: Every other May, the quiet fishing village of Albreda plays host to the Roots Festival, inspired by historian Alex Haley’s book ‘Roots’.
Themed Beach Parties: During the spring, Rave About Africa creates a season of beach festivals. You can expect everything from masquerade balls to drumming workshops and live comedy shows.