Kololi Beach holidays

Kololi Beach is one of the most popular resorts in The Gambia, with a long‚ wide sand and shingle beach backed by a great choice of friendly cafés and vibrant beach bars. One of the most established holiday resorts in Africa; here you’ll find energetic nightlife along the Senegambia Strip, and markets and shops in the tranquil and leafy village area.

Things to do

Kololi Beach is home to two vibrant resort centres, the classic Senegambia Strip and a newer area known as the village. There’s a great choice of international restaurants‚ cafés and lively disco bars for an evening out. During the day, you’ll find a craft market that sells handmade wooden carvings and African paintings. If you fancy a spot of adventure, visit nearby Bijilo Forest Park, 126 acres of protected land that’s home to wild monkeys, tropical birds and galagos, better known as bush babies. For the best experience, hire a bike or get a guide to take you along one of the walking trails.

Stunning Beaches

The beach town of Kololi is known for its breath-taking beaches of golden sand, all of which are entirely man-made. You’ll find a handful of relaxing beach bars across the seafront which are sometimes visited by local dance troupes and singers. You’ll be introduced to reggae sounds to accompany evening entertainment, and why not join in with the locals and their feel-good vibe.

Things to do

Explore the bustling Senegambia craft market and find some handmade souvenirs to take home. Travel out to chatter with the monkeys swinging from the trees of Bajili Forest, or step into a different habitat in Katchikally and experience the Crocodile pool up close. Alternatively, you could take a relaxing cruise along the River Gambia and embrace its calm surroundings with the opportunity to fish and take a swim in the tropical waters.

Nightlife  

Once you’ve finished exploring during the day, you’ll find an array of night time entertainment, mainly located on the lively Senegambia strip. From small, cosy bars to large, spectacular nightclubs, the Kololi strip has a range of buzzing venues to accommodate your evening. If a lively evening isn’t for you, there are a range of quiet bars to socialise and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Map of Kololi Beach

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30℃

To avoid the wet seasons and get the best of the weather in Kololi Beach, visit between winter and spring.

6 hours

The nearest airport to Kololi Beach is Banjul International Airport (BJL), approximately 30km from the resort.

Kololi Beach is best for...

Party goers: Drink cocktails and dance the night away in one of Kololi’s popular bars.

Beach lovers: Spend long days soaking up the African sunshine on Kololi’s sandy beach.

Explorers: Wander through the greenery of Bijilo Forest Park to find wild monkeys and tropical birds.

Fast facts for Kololi Beach

Language: The language spoken in Kololi Beach is English.

Currency: The currency used in Kololi Beach is the Dalasi (D).

Local time: Kololi Beach is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Banjul International Airport. Transfer time to Kololi Beach is about 50 minutes. 

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

Tourist Information: Further Kololi Beach tourist information can be found at www.visitthegambia.gm.

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Getting around Kololi Beach

By bus: Buses can be hired from your hotel. Ideal if you’re travelling with a group or big family.

By taxi: Local taxis are painted green and can be found near your hotel. It’s a good idea to agree a price with the driver before you set off. And remember that tipping is welcome.

Events in Kololi Beach

Family fun: Just near the major hotels, Dream Park is a fairground and entertainment centre that’s ideal if you’ve got kids with you. Take your pick from rides, restaurants, castles and even a spaceship.

Craft Market: Near the Senegambia Strip, you’ll find over 100 stalls selling locally crafted souvenirs, such as drums, masks, African jewellery and leather accessories.

Roots Festival: Travel to Albreda and take part in the Roots Festival, a bi-annual celebration of African culture.  

Kololi Beach safety and security

Visa / Health: Before you travel to Kololi Beach, make sure to visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia for health tips and advice on visas for your holiday.

Kololi Beach weather

Temperature: Mid 30s (°C) all year.

Best time to visit: To avoid the wet seasons and get the best of the weather in Kololi Beach, visit between winter and spring. The rainy season lasts from July to October. Days are much drier throughout the winter, making Kololi Beach the perfect winter destination.