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Holidays in Kololi Beach
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.
To avoid the wet seasons and get the best of the weather in Kololi Beach, visit between winter and spring.
The nearest airport to Kololi Beach is Banjul International Airport (BJL), approximately 30km from the resort.
Book your holiday with Thomas Cook to Kololi Beach and hang out with the monkeys at Bijilo Forest Park before partying all night on the bustling Senegambia Strip.
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.
Kololi’s beach is one of the best in The Gambia, a sweep of soft golden sand backed by lofty palm trees. Fresh fruit stalls playing reggae music line the coastline, along with beachside grills serving freshly barbecued fish. If it gets a bit too hot during the midday heat, head to a thatched beach hut, palm canopy or beach bar for a spot of shade. If you’re looking for a secluded spot, head north to Palma Rina. Home to a number of upscale hotels, it’s one of the best places in Kololi Beach when you want to kick back and relax with a cocktail in hand.
Situated between Bijilo Beach and Kololi is Bijilo Forest Park, 126 acres of protected land where you’ll find rare plants, monkeys and tropical birds. You can even join a bird safari through the wetlands and palm groves of Kotu, home to hundreds of different species of exotic birds. A boat trip down the River Gambia is one of the best things to do in Kololi Beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot crocodiles and hippos rolling around in the water. Just make sure you have your camera ready!
There’s a great choice of restaurants and bars in Kololi Beach, serving everything from traditional Gambian cuisine to Indian, Chinese and Lebanese food. One of the favourite dishes here is domoda, a peanut-based stew with meat and vegetables. The Senegambia Strip is very laid-back during the hot days but it leaps into life as the evening rolls in. Sip a cocktail in a beach bar, or party with the locals at one of the nightclubs, where you’ll hear everything from African pop music and reggae to European techno. And, if you fancy a flutter, Kololi Beach is also home to two casinos.
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.
Language: The language spoken in Kololi Beach is English.
Currency: The currency used in Kololi Beach is the Dalasi (D)
Local time: Kololi Beach has the same time as GMT/UK time
Fly to: The nearest airport to Kololi Beach is Banjul International Airport (BJL), approximately 30km from the resort.
Flight time from UK: 6 hours
Tourist Information: Further Kololi Beach tourist information can be found at www.visitthegambia.gm
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.
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.
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.
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.