Gambia Holidays in 2014

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Holidays to Gambia

It may be small, but has so much to offer travellers looking for a retreat in the sun. With breathtaking national parks, dazzling wildlife and beaches to die for, this country is ready and waiting to cast its spell. Discover a wealth of stunning natural landscapes, sample the unique flavours of the coastal cuisine, and dance the night away with the locals – with so much on offer, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Formerly a British colony, Gambia retains some past influences, including the national language. However, the present day identity of this incredible country is undoubtedly all its own, with the vibrancy of its golden coast, intrigue of its reserves and parks and sweeps of the majestic River Gambia that transects the land. Wherever you wander, holidays to Gambia will put a smile on your face.

Settle in the City, Relax by the Beach

Lively, vivacious, colourful and diverse, Banjul is a fitting capital for this fascinating destination. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the country’s larger hotel complexes and beach resorts can be found within its stretches, mainly along the city’s envy-inducing coastline of white sand and azure waters.

One of the largest and most bustling cities in Gambia is Serrekunda, a colourful and vibrant location that makes a great base. With a gorgeous, rolling coast and buzzing market scene, this is Gambia at its most vibrant. Serrekunda is replete with dazzling resorts situated around its northern coastal point.

For those who are looking for a Gambia holiday to experience its heavenly beaches, there is no better location than the stunning Kotu. Offering a dazzling array of luxurious resorts as well as charming guesthouses right by the water’s edge, this is relaxation like you’ve never experienced before.

Discover Natural Wonders

As much as the jaw-dropping coast often steals the show on any visit, there is much to explore away from the beach. The Kiang West National Park and River Gambia National Park are both teeming with rare species, vivid flora and fauna and dramatic views from their highest points. The parks can be explored by foot, car or bike, and is the best way to get to grips with Gambia’s wild side. By far the most thrilling of experiences on offer in Gambia’s national parks is encountering its populations of baboon. One of the country’s cheekiest indigenous critters, these fascinating primates frequent the renowned Baboon Island in River Gambia National Park, and provide an incredible natural experience for travellers of all ages.

If you are looking for a bit more civilisation from your holidays to Gambia, the country’s buzzing cities provide endless days of entertainment, with museums of African history, bustling bazaars and incredible traditional restaurants. The energy of the capital Banjul is particularly infectious – discover its colonial past, taste the traditionally prepared cuisine and meet the ever-cheerful locals.

Things to do in Gambia

Steeped in history and showcasing a stunning coastline, Gambia holidays offer a world of choice. Whether you’re looking to kick back and soak up the sun or delve into the city’s historical and cultural heritage, there’s something for everyone.

Made famous by the novel Roots, Jufureh and James Islands have slowly increased in popularity as some of Gambia’s most mesmerising cultural attractions, perfect for history lovers. Jufureh is not visually impressive, but boasts an incredible slavery museum with replica slave ship. James Island is much more picturesque, but it is the remains of Fort James, a major colonial outpost dating back to 1661 that make it worth a visit.

Those looking to discover Gambia’s hidden natural wonders should put their best hiking foot forward and head to the incredible Bijilo Forest Park. A community environment and small-scale reserve, many well-trodden paths snake their way through verdant vegetation and fascinating wildlife, with a lively population of red colobus and patas monkeys, sure to put on a show.

Those who enjoy bartering for a bargain will delight in the frenzied atmosphere of Banjul’s Albert Market. Fabrics, shoes, housewares and an endless array of local fruit, veg, herbs and spices collide in this explosion of business and trade. Get stuck in with your best haggling techniques – you never know what you might find!

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Banjul is home to various craft markets, perfect for picking up little treats for a loved one, or loved ones back home. There are a lot of handcrafted goodies there, made in the traditional fashion, so keep your eyes peeled, you’re bound to find something good. You may also want to spend a day, or two at Sanyang beach. As one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, it is a fantastic place to enjoy the sun, and just relax. Bakau has a few art galleries to visit, as does Banjul. Many of these showcase cultural treasures, but there are a few that cater solely to West African artists. It is definitely worth visiting.

Activities

Visit the fantastic Makasutu Culture Forest, where you learn about local plants and a demonstration of local music and dance is performed. Bird watching is also very popular among guests to Gambia. The Tanbi wetlands and the Tanji Reserve provide fantastic opportunities to see exotic, and migrating birds. There are many fantastic beaches, so spending a day splashing in the surf is a must.

Nightlife

Although there is a terrific local cuisine, many western dishes can be found at the resorts. But, if your willing to give it try, you should. With amazingly fresh produce, and fish caught right outside the hotel, you’re in for a treat. Bakau has a number of great restaurants. One of the local favourites is the late night barbeques, or “Afra” takeaways. These are often found on the beach, cooking fresh caught fish. Typically only tourists frequent the clubs and bars, as many Gambians do not drink. You will find these places near the resorts.

Hotels

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