Things to do in Gambia
Gambia may be the smallest country in Africa, but when it comes to things to do and places to visit, you know you won’t be caught short. Holidays here are all about beautiful beaches, a diverse landscape and lush forests galore, so whatever you want from your trip there’s plenty to keep you busy.
If you want to relax in the sunshine then days on the pristine sandy shores of Senegambia are in order. Or you could take a laid-back cruise down the Gambia River. There’s lots for wildlife fans to love in this country, too, including birdwatching trips in the wetlands and monkey spotting in Bijilo National Park. And for something a little bit different, how about discovering mystical stone circles at Kerr Batch? Or experience the healing powers of Kachikally Crocodile Pool?
Let’s take a closer look at things to do in The Gambia, and see if we can help you pick your favourites.
Head for Kololi village
If you want to sample a slice of The Gambia’s traditional culture, a trip to the picturesque village of Kololi is in order. There are plenty of colourful art galleries to explore, as well as a wealth of atmospheric bars and restaurants where a warm welcome awaits.
Shop at Senegambia Craft Market
Right on the Koloki strip, you’ll find the vibrant Senegambia Craft Market. Founded in the early 1980s, it’s one of the biggest local attractions, and you’ll find 60 craft stalls here with lots of tempting souvenirs and treats to take home with you.
Play golf in Kotu
The Gambia’s warm climate means that Kotu Beach is the perfect place to go for a round of golf. You’ll find a choice of fairways within walking distance from Kotu’s main strip, including Koloki Golf Course and Fajara Golf Club.
Daytrip to Katchikally Crocodile Pool
In the heart of Bakau is Katchikally Crocodile Pool, one of three sacred pools in Africa. Did you know that, in Gambia, crocodiles represent the power of fertility. Here you’ll be able to see them in their natural habitat, but don’t get too close!
Cruise down the Gambia River
Take in the stunning surroundings as you take a relaxed guided cruise along the River Gambia. You can spot lush scenery, birds and wildlife as you make your way down; you might even see a hippo if you’re lucky!
Book a cookery class
If you’re looking for different things to do in The Gambia and to learn more about the country’s colourful culture, why not take a cooking lesson at the Yabouy Home Cooking School in Brufut Heights. You’ll learn about the Gambian way of life through its traditional dishes and cuisine.
Visit Brufut Woods Community Project
Nature lovers will love exploring the tropical surroundings of the Brufut Woods Community Project. Working in partnership with the West African Bird Study Association, this conservation area is a hive of activity all kinds of bird species.
Explore Bijilo National Park
Make your way through the rainforest nature reserve of Bijilo National Park, which can be found on a cliffside by the coast. It’s only half an hour from the centre of Banjul, the Gambian capital, and it’s often known as the country’s monkey park.
Stroll around Serekunda Market
Around a 15-minute drive from the peaceful shores of Bijilo is the bustling Serekunda Market, with hundreds of stalls lining the streets and alleyways. A visit to the country’s biggest market is well worth popping on your list of things to do in The Gambia.
Visit Gambia National Museum
Located on Independence Drive in Banjul Beach is the Gambia National Museum. Here you can learn all about the country’s contribution to the wider African region and the rest of the world. You’ll also find many other museums and attractions nearby.
See Arch 22 in Banjul
One of the most iconic things in do in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, is to visit the famous Arch 22. This historic monument with classical-style columns is located on Independence Drive, and was built to celebrate the military rebellion that took place in 1994.
Pick up souvenirs at Albert Market
Head inland from Banjul to discover the atmospheric Albert Market, where you can immerse yourself in The Gambia’s vibrant culture. Be a part of the hustle and bustle as you make your way through the maze of stalls and shops.
Discover Abuko Nature Reserve
Just a half an hour’s drive from Banjul Beach, you can find the lush Abuko Nature Reserve, which is rich in rare wildlife. The wildlife park is one of the smaller ones in the region, but there’s still lots to explore.