Ker Serigne, colourful gate
It was not easy to find our way in Ker Serigne. There were hardly any landmarks and no streetnames. So we had to count the blocks and look out for minor details.
For me this beautiful gate of the neighbours was a landmark. When I saw this gate I knew I had the right block.
Ker Serigne, marketstalls
We liked to stay a few days in Ker Serigne away from all the touristic hotels and be part of the local life in the village.
In the centre of the village, a few blocks of our house, were several streetstalls. It was a small market, where the women were selling vegetables, fruits, fire wood and lots of other goods.
This is a great getaway out in the country. A terrific lodge on the edge of a river amongst magroves and bird-filled forests. You can go for an evening (as we did) of entertainment or spend your entire trip there (as we wish we had).
The proprety is owned by two ex-pats who were allowed to purchase the land if they agreed not to destroy/overdevelop it.
The after-dinner dancers were spectacular and perhaps the highlight of my entire trip to Gambia.
Abuko the Bird Paradise
When you're into birds, Abuko Nature Reserve is the place to be.
Inside the reserve you'll find an excellent hideout (next to a pool), where you can observe a large variety of birds.
There're also semi-professional ornithologists, who will offer you their services, for a small fee.
Don't forget your binoculars and camera.
Abuko Nature Reserve
When you go early in the morning, you’ll have the reserve for you alone. It’s also the ideal moment to spot animals. Birds, monkeys, crocodiles, lizards, duikers, etc… I forgot the entrance fee, but it wasn’t expensive.
Abuko Reserve lies on the right side of the tarmac road from Banjul to Yundum Airport.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Budget Travel
Take the ferry and visit the...
Take the ferry and visit the North bank, travel through Niumi National Park keeping your eyes open for monkeys and a wide range of birds.
Walk to the beach and sunbathe with the cows and watch for the dolphins that are regularly spotted here.
Travel around the creek in the lodges pirogue or spend time by the creek watching the fishermen.Related to:
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smell the fish
Go along to Tanji - the beach is fabulous (but then they all are in Gambia), but you can experience the fish market.
I have, and I want you to too!
They bring thousands of fish here, prepare them, and then smoke them in open smokers.
Whilst you are enjoying the smell of the fish, you can play a game of beach football with the locals.
I can still remember the smell to this day....Related to:
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Abraham Bah, an excellent guide
We can't recommend Ebou (Abraham) Bah strongly enough as a guide to rural Gambia. Please feel secure in accompanying him across the Barra ferry to his homeland. His family are wonderful people but please be generous as they live very simply. They can't posssibly entertain you in a western style, you'll have to take your own drinking water and a sck of rice would be welcome. Ebou has an aunt in Serrakunda who is hoping to offer a room in her home for those who would like to experience urban Gambia.
Ebou (Abraham) Bah, a casual plumber at the Badala Park invited us to share the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr with his family in the north of the country. They farm groundnuts in the bush not too far from Jufureh but a long way from any electricity supply. Fortunately the farmers co-operative, who collect the nuts, had helped them acquire a well making their life a little more comfortable. If you do plan to visit these small communities please take the largest sack of rice you can afford and a bag of sweets for the hoards of children.
The picture was taken on the...
The picture was taken on the way from Banjul to Albreda and Juffure - situated at the northern bank of the Gambia river, 30 km southeast of Banjul.
Juffure is known for Alex Haley's novel 'Roots': In 1750 the Mandingo boy Kunta Kinte was kidnapped and brought to America where he had to work as a slave.
get into the backland to...
get into the backland to Georgetown. The roads are in a terrible condition. Make sure your car is in a good condition. It takes a lot of time to get from one place to the other. Make sure not to drive after dark.
When on an off road trip, you...
When on an off road trip, you see lots of the actual local culture and how they live which is very interesting. Gambia has a vested interest in agriculture and have many women agriculture plants which you can see pictured below.
You must go on a safari or...
You must go on a safari or cultural trip around the Gambia,. I went on an off road trip and visited a rural Gambian school. It was an experience.
In the Gambia, school is not compulsary and you have to pay, most of the children want to go to school but their parents may not be able to afford to send them, it is around £20 a term and the average Gambian only earns £30 a month.
The children rely upon gifts from tourists such as pens, paper and anything else children would need for school normally. So if you plan on visiting a school take some pens with you as the children will really appreciate it.
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Meeting real Gambians
The organised excursions are great but I recommend getting to know the real Gambian people away from the tourist areas.....for a richer experience and understanding of the country and its people.
The Sacred Croc Pond
An interesting activity is the sacred crocodile pool at Fajara -- but be careful! According to local legend, it is possible for infertile women to get pregnant after visiting the pond.Related to:
- National/State Park
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