Gambia is a very small country in West Africa. On three sides it is surrounded by Senegal – in the west it has direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by a bunch of French speaking countries, but Gambia is very British.
Gambia is pretty popular with package holidays. On the coast there are quite a few holiday villages where white Europeans are flown in by the package every week and red Europeans are flown out one or two weeks later. The Atlantic Coast resorts of Bakau, Fajara, Kotu and Kololi make up the heart of The Gambia’s tourist industry. But there is a lot more than just golden beaches…
Banjul is the small capital and a lively city. Good night life, markets and a very pleasant atmosphere make it a top attraction. Serekunde is the real capital however. It is the primary transport hub and activity centre of the country. It’s a crowded place, bustling and 100% African.
Juffure is the main tourist trap of the country. It is a small village on the northern bank of the River Gambia about 25km (15mi) upstream from Banjul. It became world famous in the 1970s following the publication of “Roots”, in which African-American author Alex Haley describes how Kunta Kinte, his ancestor, was captured here and taken as a slave to America some 200 years ago.
When Nature touches the Sea, Abuko Nature Reserve is a great place to go to see wild life. The park is fenced, well-managed and very easy to reach from Banjul.
It is a little bit of jungle in the middle of a savannah. A walk through the area takes approximately two and a half hours giving you a chance to see up to 250 species of birds plus crocodiles, monkeys and monitor lizards. There is an animal orphanage with enclosures for hyenas, antelopes and monkeys. There is also a cafe to grab a drink and relax before we return to the hotels.
To find out more make sure you attend the Back To Africa Festival!!!