the Gambia (in West Africa) is small it offers a wide variety of sites offering
tourist excursions and attractions. There are numerous land-based
tours, mixed excursions and river trips organised by overseas
tour operators as well as
locally based ground tour
operators and freelance
Official Tourist Guides.
Starting from the coastal holiday
of Kombo North you can begin with the various tourist
Banjul Capital where there is Gambia National Museum on
Independence Drive, the bustling & lively
Albert Market, the huge arch at the entrance to the capital
or marvel at some of the colonial architecture.
A few kilometres away from the capital and towards
the coastal areas you get to the major vacation locations of
(Senegambia Strip) and
Kotu where you can enjoy local attractions of endless golden
beaches and almost guaranteed
sunshine & other leisure activities such as watersports,
quadbiking, golf and tennis. These areas are where most tourist choose to spend there
time with its numerous
restaurants, bars, shops & local night clubs
particularly in the Kololi & Senegambia areas.
At Bakau there is the Craft
Market, Katchikally Crocodile
Pool (whose crocs are allegedly said to be so tame they
allow tourist to touch them) further inland you find Serrekunda
with its dazzling & hectic market, Sunday Wresting and tie-and-dye
factory. There is also the Bijilo Forest
Park which is within easy walking distance from the Kairaba
hotels. The destinations of Brufut
Heights and Brufut Gardens are becoming an increasingly important
resort destinations after the opening of the Sheraton, now Coral
Beach Hotel and the development of the local area's facilities.
For the more adventurous
you can take a one-day or half-day excursion further down the coast of the
Bird Reserve where you can hire a boat and take an excursion
among the mangroves with amazing unspoilt scenery. You can also go for
camel safaris at Tanji which is located just after the bridge on the
left. At Kartong you can
Lemonfish Art Gallery which display works from local Gambian
artists. Micro-light flights are also available that offer visitors
stunning views of the creeks and bolong and other natural tourist
possible even within the tropical gardens of the major hotels
and many actively encourage birds to breed on their hotel complexes.
However the Gambia has many wildlife
& bird reserves such Tanji and Abuko
Nature Reserve which is a 20 minutes drive from most hotels.
Abuko forest is also home to lions, hyenas & various species
There are numerous safari
camps located up-country and most are to be found on the river banks offering reasonably descent accommodation.
For the even more adventurous you can visit the
Tanbi Wetland Reserve which is located directly south of the capital. It is a large expanse of creeks & mangrove swamps with plenty of opportunities for cruising,
bird watching and
Fishing excursion opportunities are endless. You can choose both sea or creek fishing as well as the river itself where you can hire a boat from numerous
tour operators located at
Further inland still you get to
Brikama with its craft market & factory and to the north east you get to the
Makasutu Culture Forest
which lies next to the
River Gambia. On its shores there is the luxury eco-lodge of
Mandina River Lodge. To the east of Brikama you can visit Lamin Lodge in
Pirang Forest Park which has a small river running through it and is an unspoilt Eden and ideal for naturists.
Some of the Gambia's most ancient monuments are located inland near
Wassu, where circles of stones mark 1,200-year-old burial grounds. Way up river you will get to the Baboon Island which form part of the
River Gambia National Park. See also
On the north bank which you can reach by
Banjul there you can visit Fort Bullen at Barra Point and
Jinack Island which is part of the
Niumi National Park where you can do a spot of dolphin spotting. On the river bank itself further inland try out the 'Find Your Roots Excursion' which is a one day pilgrimage to the village of
Juffure made famous by Alex Haley's book 'Roots'. Nearby there is the slavery museum at Albreda, not far from the shore the ruins of
Fort James Island.
off the beaten track.
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