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Kotu Beach holidays

You’ll discover the small resort of Kotu Beach in the far west of Gambia, perched on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Gambia River. This idyllic destination has year-round sunshine, a welcoming atmosphere, and a rich culture. And of course, there’s a white, sandy beach lined with exotic palm trees to help you relax so why not top up your tan, cool off in the sparkling waters or try your hand at surfing while you’re here? Looking for great accommodation? You’ll find a wealth of contemporary hotels (including some 5-star options) within easy reach of the beach. They’re the perfect place to stay if you want to wake up to a spectacular ocean view every morning while on your Kotu Beach holidays. 

30 °C

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Banjul (or Yundum) International Airport (BJL)

Discover the perfect combination of white sands, things to see and great places to eat when you book a holiday to Kotu Beach with Thomas Cook.

Recommended holidays in Kotu Beach

Sunprime Tamala

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Brand new Adult-only hotel
  • Beachfront location
  • Swim-up rooms

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Palm Beach

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • African entertainment
  • Tropical gardens

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Kotu Beach Club

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Laid-back boutique style

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Sunset Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning ocean views
  • On the beach close to Kotu
  • Recently refurbished

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Based on 409 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

African Princess Beach Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Brand new for 2019
  • Beachfront location
  • Direct Access Pool Rooms

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Holidays to Kotu Beach are perfect for wandering around this charming village with its bright and lively atmosphere and welcoming culture; after all, this stretch of coastline is otherwise known as ‘The Smiling Coast’. Beyond the beautiful beaches, you can discover a choice of bustling markets, where you can pick up unique souvenirs and don’t forget to haggle. When the sun goes down, there’s plenty of hotel-based entertainment going on in this here. If you fancy a flutter, then pop on your best evening dress or tux, and head to the glamorous casino nearby and put a few pounds on red at the Roulette wheel. 

Down on the white-sand beach that brushes up against the bright blue Atlantic Ocean, sun loungers are easy to come by. It’s the perfect place to relax with a refreshing drink or a snack in hand; you can pick something up from the friendly vendors wondering up and down the beach (don’t worry, they’re not pushy). You can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters when you want to cool off. And if you want to try your hand at water sports, why not give windsurfing or bodyboarding a go?

If you’d like to take explore the Gambia, Kotu Beach is ideally placed to act as a base for all your adventures. The vibrant capital city of Banjul is a short drive away, and you’ll find fascinating historical sites, a bustling harbour, and brilliant markets here. Want to take things at a slower pace? Head to the quaint fishing village of Tanji just along the coast. You’ll also find lots of beautiful nature trails to follow all along Gambia’s dramatic coastline. You can even go monkey-spotting in Bijilo Forest National Park.

Life in the little village of Kotu Beach revolves around the wide sandy beach, so you’ll find all the hotel’s‚ bars‚ shops and a few craft stalls on a single road. And that makes it easy to find everything you want on an evening out, including bustling bars and places to eat. The restaurants here really are something special, and the speciality dishes served are an absolute must-try during any Kotu Beach holiday. Fresh seafood (including the catch of the day) is a highlight. If you like it hot, you can try the spicy Gambian benechin stews, served with fluffy rice and rich groundnut sauce. 

Kotu Beach is best for…

Beach lovers: Kotu’s soft, sandy beach is one of Gambia’s finest. Even though it’s close to the hotels, it doesn’t tend to get too crowded. You’ll find lots of great bars and restaurants nearby, too. 

Ultimate relaxation: You can take Kotu Beach holidays as slow as you like; it’s all about hot days in the sunshine and cool evenings enjoying the rhythm of the local nightlife. 

Outdoor adventurers: Love getting out and about in nature? The nearby parks and forests are a must-visit (you can hire a bike and cycle through if you like). And a 10-minute drive will take you to Bakou's Kachikally Crocodile Pool.

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Fast facts

Language: English is the most common language, although the further you move away from the tourist hot spots the more likely you are to hear both French and local dialects spoken. Pick up a phrasebook or download our handy language app to help you with the basics.

Currency: The currency used is Dalasi (D).

Local time: Kotu 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 the UK: The flight time to Kotu Beach is 6–7 hours.

Tourist information: Find out more about Gambia before travelling on a Kotu Beach holiday over at www.visitthegambia.gm

Visa & health: Before you travel, check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia for visa and health recommendations and advice for Kotu Beach holidays. 


Weather and climate

Temperature: In the 30s (°C) all year round.

Best time to visit: To make the most of the fantastic weather here, book between winter and spring as it’s outside of the rainy season. So that you can make the most of your holiday to Kotu Beach. 

Between July to October, it’s often hot, humid and rainy. Days are much drier from November to February, so why not book your holiday for the winter season and escape the miserable weather at home? The tropical temperatures make it an ideal winter destination.

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Getting around

By bus: You can hire buses for big groups or families for tours and excursions from Kotu. It’s the most convenient way to get around, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

By taxi: Look out for local green taxis, which are usually found around the entrance to hotels. And you can book them at reception, too. Make sure you agree on a price with the driver before you set off.


Events

Roots Homecoming Festival: Travel to the small town of Albreda and take part in this celebration of African culture, which is held every other year. Descendants of Gambian families travel from all over the world to learn more about their heritage.

Rave About Africa: During the spring, this season of beach festivals takes place spectacular season of beach festivals takes place, including the Masquerade Ball and Royal Banquet. There’s also Bob Marley Day, which is a national holiday in the Gambia. 


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

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