The Gambia Off The Beaten Path

  • View across the mangroves from Niji village
    View across the mangroves from Niji...
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The Gambia Off The Beaten Path

  • The Guinea Savanna

    Away from the Gambia River and coastal areas, the main habitat type in Gambia is the Guinea savanna. This savanna zone is characterized by various types of wooded grassland, in which there is a gradual decline in the number and height of trees as one moves northward, reflecting the decrease in rainfall. The grasses that grow under and between the...

  • Marabouts

    Marabouts are people, who pray with and for ap erson who seeks advice. They are also the ones who prepare jujus. hose sold to tourists as "luck bringer" are no real jujus. real ones often are beased on coranic suras, then put into leather sachets. But also put in belts and ther things. Sometimes jujus are elements mixes with water to take a...

  • Jinnack Island / Jinek island

    Sometimes called Coconut Island or Paradise Island it is well worth a visit if you like to get away from the crowds. The island lies just a few miles north of Banjul, it is a desert island with a huge white sandy beach where if you do go you will probably be the only people there. the variety of bird life is amazing. To get there you need to take...

  • Take a trip to Senegal for a few days

    I see this is way to late but may help someone else.I did a trip to dakar from Gambia and it only cost me about £8, paid in the local money. I think I wrote about it in my Gambia travelogue.You would need to get a cab to the ferry in Banjul. I went early morning about 5.30am. The ferry went about 8am I believe but there is a line so you will want...

  • Mandinaba

    This small village appears just to have a Police post and immigration post as it is at the start of the road to the Senegal border which is about 7km away,everybody stops there outside the police post the police look into the vehicle at the occupants and if they are so minded may ask for your papers (passport) look at that and let you drive on in...

  • 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.

  • Bintang Bilong

    About 90km inland is the village of Bintang situated on a tributary river next to the river gambia. We stayed at bintang bilong for 3 nights,, the staff were lovely, the food not bad, but i hate to say it i didnt like the room, it had seen better days. But i will add to that the scenery and wildlife was out of this world. the new manager is...

  • Termite Mounds

    Termite mounds are a common feature of the grassy savanna zone in Gambia, and elsewhere in Africa for that matter. Reaching heights of ten feet (three meters) or more, they are made of sun-baked mud brought up from below by termites during the construction of their underground nest chambers. Inside, numerous tunnels exit through chimneys on top of...

  • The Kapok Tree

    Originally native to Central and South America, the kapok tree has been introduced to tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. It is now the tallest species of tree in Africa, reaching heights of 150 feet (46 meters) or more. Kapoks produce large pod-like fruit and white, pink, or yellow night-blooming flowers which are pollinated by fruit bats.In...

  • The Bansang Quarry

    Located just outside the tiny village of Bansang which is upriver from Janjangbureh, the Bansang Quarry is a place that not many visitors to Gambia would ever consider seeing. It is just a small quarry with no cultural, historical, or even scenic attributes. However, it is one of the top sites along the birdwatching circuit due to its large colony...

  • exploring day to day life

    Go the the village of Kartong where the Halahin river flows into the Atlantic Ocean you find local fishermen. They are busy with catching fish, the women are burning oyster shells. They use them for all kinds of purposes among one to paint their houses.They will tell you all about it!

  • trip to the beach

    Get your guide to take you out wether it be by bush taxi or a local taxi. Take pens, pencils and note books for the local children, and take them to the local schools they will be so grateful for it. The children also sang some songs for us, it was very touching. We ventured into the local village of Gunjur with Sarani and gave out pens etc and...

  • Ker Serigne, unpaved roads and...

    All the roads in Ker Serigne are unpaved. At some cross roads you can find some natural 'roundabouts' of grass, but also garbage.Also this point became a landmark for me to find my way back to the Villa Transsahara.At some place the village looks very green by its gardens.

  • 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.

  • Local Markets

    out in the local country side you often come accross markets such as this one where sheep and goats are sold

  • smoked fish at Tanji

    We hired a 4 wheel drive for a trip along the Beautiful atlantic coast and stopped at Tanji on the way back here we visited the Smoking sheds where they smoke the Bongo fish the smell is lovely and the fish beleive it or not tastes like Chicken

  • Kiang West National Park

    The area of Kiang West National Park is approximately 110 km2 and one of the most important wildlife areas in The Gambia. It was established as a national park in 1987. In the mangrove creeks, the manatee and the Nile crocodile occur. In the mangrove forests and tidal flats you can see clawless otter, marsh mongoose and Sitatunga and sometimes you...

  • river excursions

    If you really want to know the Gambia, you should go up-river. Gambia River Excursions organises boat trips all the way to Basse, an experience not to be missed. In a few days time you will see all of the Gambia, it's people and most of all its astonishing wildlife. You will find more information on their website:

  • 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.

  • Makasutu Eco-Lodge

    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rural 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...

  • Fishing in Bakau

    Spending hours at the pier, hoping to catch that one Bonga fish!! See the boats comming in with their loads fresh fish!!

  • 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.

  • Explore villages!

    There are so many little villages and things to see, but nothing of definate name. It is best to hire a bike and go with the flow.

  • Try and visit the Batik Market...

    Try and visit the Batik Market which is near to Serakunda - very reasonable priced table cloths and drapes etc and wood carvings Make sure you go with an offical guide

  • 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...

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