The Bijilo resort, in
Gambia, (Geographical coordinates: 13° 27' N, 16° 38'
W) is further to the south of Kololi and includes a section of Atlantic
coast beach which is home to the
Beach and Bijilo Beach hotels as well as a number of small
guesthouses. This section of the coast is a lot quieter than its
sister resorts to the north and there tends to be less hassle from
professional bumsters (hustlers).
Bijilo is much more
fringed with Rhun Palms and coconut trees as well as an assortment of
wildlife such as hornbills & monkeys. There are a number of
restaurants & bars
dotted along the shore such as the
Bamboo Bar and often you can see
Serer fishermen landing their catches from their pirogues.
Back in the 1970s the area was a quiet backwater of
which was densely carpeted with palm forests and its beaches were
deserted. Since then new residential and commercial
developments have sprung up along the coastal highway. Sand mines
which used to exploit the area's mineral caused some adverse coastal
erosion but have been closed by the government for some time now allowing the area to
recover. So much so that it is said you can go all the way from Bijilo
to Kartong (26Km) by
The area along the main road
parallel to the Atlantic strip is well lit and foot access to the
beaches is fairly good.