The Atlantic Road, officially Boulevard, runs for approximately 3.5 km parallel to the Atlantic
Ocean in a south easterly direction from the roundabout at the
Cape Point road down past the cliff top
town of Bakau and past the
Hotel and terminates a few metres further. It is an unlit highway and
there are 6 road humps which are not very well marked out so do drive
carefully at night and use your full lights when other cars are not
Places to See:
Travelling from the
road's north end you will be at the
Cape Point roundabout which is
straddled by largely exclusive residential villas and bungalows to the
west on coast. Immediately on the other side you will find Bakau which is
on of Gambia's most urban area
mostly made up of old properties some of which are of the shanty type
corrugated iron roofs and krinting or breeze block walls all packed into a tight maze of potholed roads and
air gutters. In front of this area facing the roadside is the
bengdula, or craft
market selling a range of crafts, African style dresses, and stalls
selling batiks. Further down you
will come across the general food marketplace and to the west a number of
local businesses including a Mauritanian food shop selling rice,
canned foods and all manner of other consumables, the Bakau Guest
House, and a church.
Further southwards down the Atlantic Road you will finally get to go
past some of the smoke huts of the fishing beach then onto the
African Village Hotel on the junction of Sait Matty Road.
This junction is essentially the focal point for many visitors to the
area with its GSC wholesale supermarket,
banks, postal service offices and numerous local
As you come down further south down the road you will pass the fire
station and the Gambia's defence barracks. From here on it is distinctively
peaceful being made up of private residential villas or well
established homes on beautiful tree lined sandy roads with walls
draped in exotic flowers. To your right there is the old Tropic Garden
Hotel which was built in 1975 as Kamal Milky's Club 80 and stands on
2.5 acres on the cliff. It was being renovated by an Italian promoter
and has just finished being refurbished.
There are just a few shops on the right just after the barracks
in a purpose build office complex, 2 local corner shops that
line the road. Further towards the health centre you will
come across the huge
facility and towards the north Atlantic Ocean side is the
Ngala Lodge with its
first class menu and nearby is the
British High Commission.
A place well worth visiting further down is the
Clay Oven Indian restaurant which
is just a short hop off the road before the large water tank
which dominates the skyline.
The Atlantic Road now goes past the former Gambian president's home, Sir
Dawda Kairaba Jawara's, then does a sharp turn to the right past
the EC Commission's residence and onto the
Total Petrol Station.
At this juncture you will come across the
Kairaba Avenue which
continues to the left. Further up the road you will see
Francisco's Restaurant on the corner and finally you will reach
the Fajara Hotel
and the Club at the end of the road.
you still want to see more of this part of The Gambia there is a paved footpath that
carries on skirting the hotel and heads towards the beach and
the local craft market.
Photo credits: Bridge Atamari, pirogue,