Afrotourism.comThe Gambia is no doubt Africa’s smallest country, yet every year thousands of people are drawn to its beautiful beaches to bask in the warm sunshine, and enjoy exciting water sports like wind or kite surfing. The tiny West African country has a rich flora and fauna upcountry at some nature reserves. Along River Gambia, there is an endemic bird species and an impressive aquatic fauna.
The climate in Gambia is about the most agreeable of the region, coupled with a friendly and hospitable culturally diverse people, it is not hard to understand why Gambia is affectionately called ‘The Smiling Coast’ of Africa. Another major attraction to the country is its fascinating slave history, which was made prominent by the book Roots written by American author Alex Haley. The book which was made into a movie traces Haley’s ancestry to a village in the Gambia.
Gambia is located in West Africa. It is surrounded by Senegal, apart from a short strip of Atlantic coastline at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa
Presidential system, Republic
1,925,527 on 10,000 km²
Other major languages
Mandinka, Fula, Wolof, Jola
Gambian Dalasi (GMD)
Foreign currencies accepted
GBP (£), EUR (€), USD ($)
Visa (takes less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certiﬁcate is required only for travelers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission but recommended for all. (For more information, visit - www.thegambia.gm)