The currency in Gambia is the Gambian Dalasi (GMD), which is subdivided into 100 bututs. This Gambia currency was first adopted in 1971, when it replaced the Gambian pound. Gambia is still a primarily cash-based economy, so it’s worth bearing that in mind before you head away.

There are lots of ways to exchange your pounds for Dalasi before you leave for your holiday, and doing so is the best way to ensure you get the most for your money. It’s a good idea to take some local currency with you.

Although an increasing number of hotels and restaurants are accepting Visa debit cards, very few will accept credit cards. And MasterCard isn’t generally accepted either. You’ll find ATM machines in the tourist area of Senegambia and a few of the other most popular resorts, but unfortunately they can be unreliable, and you will also be charged a surcharge for using them.