November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Gambia

The 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.





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  • Explore Gambia in 5 Days

    Explore Gambia in 5 Days

    Welcome to Gambia, the Jewel of the West. On your arrival at the Banjul international airport, you'll be treated to a warm reception by our team who will receive you and chauffeur you to one of Gambia's most beautiful beach lodges in Sanyang. Get set to enjoy the best of Gambian cuisine with our daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options which will be provided throughout your stay.
    Things to do include Night Life Tour to Senegambia, the most lively place in the Gambia, where you will experience the best of Gambian dance, music while you enjoy dinner at one of the country's best restaurants. From there we'll proceed to the Clubs till late in the night/morning until you decide to go back to your hotel. Your club entry fee is on us and our team will be on standby all through the night.
    We will also visit the stunning reptiles farm of the Gambia where reptiles of all sorts are found. And from the reptile farm to the camel safari where you can ride on the backs of the camels at the beautiful Tanji Beach. You'll also enjoy a visit to the Bakau crocodile pool where people can stroke crocodiles. These gorgeous creatures have actually been tamed 'spiritually' (winks); well, you'll get to know more when you get there. After that, we'll proceed to the biggest market in the Gambia called the Serrekunda market. Get ready to shop till you drop... lol... and we'll also check out Gambia's oldest nature reserve called the Abuko Nature Reserve where you'll get an immersive experience with birds of various species. At the end of the reserve tour is an animal orphanage where you'll see hyenas and baboons.   NOTE: Rates and room availability are subject to change without notice. Amount stated is for per person for a double occupancy (2 persons in a room) Cancellation and Refund Policy:
    • 1 month before travel date, there will be a full payment refund minus bank charges.
    • 2 weeks before travel date, 50% charges will be made.
    • Less than 2 weeks to travel date, 100% charges will be made.
    Terms and Conditions apply!  

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    Republic of the Gambia
  • Location
    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
  • Government
    Presidential system, Republic
  • Dialing code
  • Climate weather
  • Population
    1,925,527 on 10,000 km²
  • Official language
  • Other major languages
    Mandinka, Fula, Wolof, Jola
  • Currency
    Gambian Dalasi (GMD)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    GBP (£), EUR (€), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    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 -