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Fun and interesting
slow pace and not much infastructure
In a nutshell
A real slice of west African village life.
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.
Written Jan 21, 2005
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:)
Written Feb 6, 2006
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!
Updated Jan 21, 2005