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Gambia travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 30 (°C)

Enjoys a subtropical climate, which splits the seasons in two: rainy and dry. But it’s warm enough for a swimsuit all year round. July marks the beginning of the wet season, which runs through the summer and part of the autumn until October. Rainfall starts to ease off from November, and the temperatures start to climb throughout the winter and spring. Don’t be surprised to experience 33 (°C) highs at this time of year. 

Weather In Gambia 
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Gambia Africa is best for…

Sun-worshippers: If you love the beach, Gambia holidays will be right up your street. Soak up the tropical sun and enjoy the cooling breeze as you sit back with a cocktail in hand.

Explorers: Hop across the river and head to the Fathala Game Reserve where rhinos, warthogs, giraffes and monkeys await. Or, explore the Makasutu nature reserve in a dug-out canoe.

Couples: Whether you want to relax on an idyllic beach with your loved one or get lost in the forest, holidays he are perfect for two. 

Fast facts

Language: English is spoken here, plus local languages and dialects.

Currency: The currency used here is the Gambian Dalasi (GMD). You’ll find a few ATMs in the resort, and some cards will be accepted. However, it’s best to take some cash with you in GBP and exchange it for the local currency at either the hotel or a local bank in the resort.

Local time: Gambia is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Banjul International Airport. Transfer time to Banjul Beach, Bijilo, Brufut Heights, Kololi Beach and Kotu Beach is about 50 minutes.

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

Tourist information: To learn more before you go off on your Gambia holidays, it’s worth visiting www.visitthegambia.gm.

Visa / health: For visa and health advice and recommendations, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/the-gambia

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Getting around

By minibus: They come in all colours, and hiring one is a convenient way for groups to get out and about and see the sights. 

By taxi: You’re likely to find tourist taxis near your hotel; they’re green and more expensive than bush taxis, but are regulated. There should be a price board on display, so check the price and agree it with the driver before setting off.

By ‘bush taxi’: You can’t miss them, they’re yellow with a green stripe. Popular with the locals (and cheap), they’re a great way to zip around, but check the price before you get in first, so that you’re not being ‘taken for a ride’.

Events

Kartong Festival: Early in February, this colourful celebration brings the sleepy village of Kartong to life; it’s a vibrant festival paying tribute to Gambian music, arts and culture.

Roots Festival: Every other May, this lively event comes to the quiet fishing village of Albreda. Inspired by historian Alex Haley’s book Roots, it explores the history and its role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Colourful parades: Street parades and symbolic ceremonies celebrate the rich West African culture with pomp and colour. Look out for trips to historic sites such as the museum in the village of Juffure, and to the UNESCO-listed Kunta Kinteh (James) Island in the Gambia River.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Gambia, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/the-gambia/safety-and-security