Kotu Beach travel guide

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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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. 

Holiday destinations related to Kotu Beach:

  • Kololi Beach
  • Banjul Beach
  • Bijilo
  • Brufut Heights
  • 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.