Fun and interesting
slow pace and not much infastructure
A real slice of west African village life.
Large and sprawling, the market was a local affair, we did not see any tourist trinkets for sale at all. The goods were mainly fruit and vegetables, meat, household gooda and colthing. Unlike on the coast, the people took very little notice of us, getting on with their daily business as we passed. We did pick up a acouple of young hangers-on...more
The Arch 22Banjul is the capital of the Gambia but it isn't the greatest place of the country.The entrance of Banjul is trough the Arch 22. This is a monument that remembered when - at 22 of July 1994 - militaries take over the government of president Sir Dawda Jawara. The Arch is 35 m high and the square around this arch belong also to this...more
Fun fun fun!! african soft relax reggie feeling...:) You will find this nice little bar in the middle of the village in Banjul. If you want to meet the locals this is the bar for you..:) there are no tourists here..The play only reggiemusic here. It is a soft atmosphere and alot of dance and party:)!more
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We arrived with our vehicles at the ferry port in Barra with plenty of time to spare and booking documentation in hand. But this being Africa, we did not have a reservation. The ferry was full. There was room for us, but not the two vehicles. Eventually it was decided that we should get on with our luggage and the drivers would stay nehind and wait for the next ferry, which wasn't until the following day. Transport was arranged for us the other side to take us back to our hotel.
In almost every hotel beach area you will see the fruit ladies. They carry fresh fruit on plates they balance on their heads. It is more of a show than shopping. However, please do not miss this interesting experience.Once you have agreed a price and which fruit you want, the fruit is prepared. Definately buy an orange. The lady pictured here...more
When you are in africa you have to make som rastahair:) Jenny did and became a real rastafariwoman:)... But warning: It took about 8hours, five girls made her hair and it is ALOT of pain getting this hair done. Nothing for the weak ones... she still had pain the next day! but she became a real rastawoman:), was it worth it? problaby not...:more
There are many shops selling fabrics and other handicrafts on the outskirts of Banjul. The most popular and unique goods are the tie-dye fabrics for which the Gambia is known for.You can find hand dyed tablecloths, napkins,and of course, whole bolts of fabric intended for many types of uses. The best way to purchase these fabrics is by bartering or...more
There are alot of malaria moskitos in this area. So it is wise to eat malariatablets before you go here. And if it is possibly, sleep in a moskitonet:)
All over the castal area of The Gambia you will be approached by friendly children practicing their English. "Hello", "What's your name", "Where are you from", "Your first time in Gambia", "How you like my country?" "I give you my address, you send me gift" so on and so forth.
Unique Suggestions: We chatted with most of the children who approached us, being friendly but saying a firm no when it came to exchanging addresses and giving presents. Mostly they accepted this and would still carry on chatting for the fun of it, but there were some very persistent little buggers who made it very unpleasant for everyone.
Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to either totally ignore these children, which would be a shame as an interaction with them can enrich your experience of the Gambia. Of course, some people found the hassle so much that they never ventured outside their beach hotel after the first day!
The other side of the Gambia River is the ferry port of Barra, the main river crossing for entry into northern Sengal. We came back through there after having been to Senegal. The place is a full of life when the ferry arrives/departs, with colourful crowds thronging to get on and off, often heavily laden with luggage.more
All along the river coast from Banjul there are little fishing villages such as these.The village was a hive of activity, as a couple of boats had just arrived back with todays catch. Dozens of locals go our to try and help get the catch ashore, in return for a few fish. It's a very colourful affair with lots of buckets and bright clothing.more
One of the things I love most about West Africa, is the colours. The people dress in brightly coloured cloth, with a vivacious flair and everything is bright and cheerful. My local camera club has a photographic competition every your called the Bucket Competition. The only criteria to enter is that the shot must include a picture of one or more...more