this is the biggest fishing village in the Gambia,with hundreds of boats going out sometimes for up to three days,the fish is brought ashore by hand in baskets and sold on the beach.They dry,salt or smoke the fish here too.The whole place is a hive of activity the boats the people are all so colourfull well worth an hour or two here in the afternoon.i think the boats comes back ashore at 4 or 5 pm
Its almost impossible to walk on the beach's without being hassled for something, but do try a fruit drink made fresh in front of you with fresh fruit. Don't be in a hurry it can take 30 minutes.Baobab Milkshake or Wanju juice try something you've never tasted before.Our favourate guy is outside the Bijilo Beach Hotel he is called Mr Buddy Max also Mr Cha CHa Cha and Mr stricktly come dancing take you choise
Our guide took us to Lamin Lodge a well known tourist spot for birdwatching and boat trips.He didn't want us to use the actual Lodge as its not owend by a Gambian, and as much as possilble he tried to steer us into the local economy .Downside of this you get a tour of the oyster collection and use (which costs ),interesting still making lime for concrete by burning oyster shells.then a request for the local school (more money). Then you actually get to the boats .Not sure if this was a scam or just locals trying to get money into their own pockets instead of German,expat or Lebanese who seem to own most of the restaurants .The trip was great try to go early or late to see the best birdlife.The guys in the boat do 3 years unpaid as guides in these boats to raise money for there village.before getting another job.this seemed genuine.
We asked our guide to take us to a real market not a tourist trinket type.He delivered, this market is huge chaotic and colourful.there is fish fruit clothes batik fabirc.meat and jewellery.Be prepared to haggle hard for a bargain,the stall holders are nowhere near as aggressive as some places iv'e been (silk market Biejing) .But the shear size and randomness is confusing,its very easy to get lost.
here it is stated that the park is not opened for the public. Boat tours are sometimes very expensive.
A good trip with an overnight stay in a camp might be Georgetown. There are several camps available, and the stone circle of Wassu are very interesting. But you might be on the road for almost the whole day.
If you want it more relaxed take a day trip to Brikama and visit the craft market there. On your way back you can stop at Lamin Lodge, have a boat trip there and afterwards a good meal in the restaurant with a nice view over the river and the mangroves.
Private guides are cheaper and closer to the "real" Gambia than the guides the hotels offer. I rely on Benz whom I know since years. His no. is 00220 99 58 523. If you tell him Max' wife gave you the number he will take vey good care of you. He is a very experienced guide.
In Senegal/Casamance I stayed in Abene. Very nice place, but for a trip within one week I' doubtfl whether it makes sense. And still Casamance sometimes encounters troubles by the rebels.
A nice day or half day trip could lead you to Tanji. There is a small village museum there. Also you can see the fisherboats coming in, see the smokeries, and continue to paradise beach in Sanyang. In the late afternoon, when the masses of tourists have gone home it is a fabulous place for chilling.
Thanks for all this
Would you know any good and reasonable taxi driver who can be our "guide" and a taxi driver as me and my wife would prefer all day taxi so the same person could accompany us everywhere including touring
I would rather pay a driver per day like 10.00 till midnight , that way someone is with you all time and saves having to haggle with taxi drivers.
This is our 1st time in gambia, although very well travelled and street wise but still a little nervoius about tghese "bumsters"
We dont mind them talking to us but dont feel too comfortable being followed
having said that we are of indian origin and can always say we cant speak english.
Also heard some bad reports about our hotel
Just see how it goes
While eating in our favourite restaurant in Banjul (Michel's Seafood Restaurant), I mentioned to the owner that I would like to go fishing. Well, I was immediatly invited to go with the owner two days later, the day I was due to leave for the UK. "No problem" was the answer, and the fishing trip already arranged was brought forward a day just to accomodate me. "If you have any spare hooks or line, give it to the boys who run the boat because they find it hard to buy fishing gear in Banjul" said the restaurant owner (A fine Scotsman) so after an excellent trip I give all my hooks ect to the boys. When it came to paying for my trip "No problem, hooks are good" came the reply. So for less than £10 worth of gear I had one of the best days fishing of my life. We fished out from Denton Bridge among the mangroves and out into the main river. Brilliant!!!
just a stroll from Senegambia Stri, this little park will give you an impression how the land was like before being cultivated. On Top you have nice and greedy monkies, though many of them invaded to the nearby hotels.
There is no such thing as Health and Safety in Gambia - go to the crocodile pool and jiggle a crocs belly . . . go on, where else will you get the chance? You have you got to loose (except maybe a hand or foot)?
Just go for it. It's definitely worth going, for the phto opportunity alone.
Fort Bullen was constructed by the British between 1820 and 1830 to protect the mouth of the Gambia River, and to control the slave trade that was the basis of the economy at that time. The fort was abandoned in the 1870s. Other than a short reactivation during the Second World War, Fort Bullen remained unused until 1996, when it was restored for the Roots Homecoming Festival.
Nowadays, it is possible to explore Fort Bullen, but there is not much to see. Visitors are basically restricted to walking along the battlements. And even those interested in architecture will find Fort Bullen uninspiring. Architecturally it is just a rectangular building with round bastions at each corner.
If you just want a cheap day out just head to the beach,, if you can get yourself some surf boards,, my children loved it because the waves are very rough!!
We ventured down to the beach at gunjur,, its out of the way from all the touristy bits and not many people about,, so not many there to hassle you.
If you like adventure,, fast rides, water or even just to relax, a place that has all this is Denton bridge,, for a action packed day, (but does cost a bit) then this is your place, we took out two children here both aged 12 and they loved it,, activities range from jet sking, gentle paddle on a canoe, there is a ride called the double trouble, its like a giant donut for 2,, single donuts a banana one,, endless,,,,,to add to this they have a huge swimming pool if you dont fancy ocean, you can even hire a boat and do a spot of fishing,, we enjoyed watching the locals sailing past on their boats,, or even rowing past,, this has to be a fun day out for all, oh nearly forgot they have a great food menue also, very good prices too.
Try a day out at Lamin lodge,, hire a boat and take a gentle ride down the river,,, have a spot of lunch back at lamin lodge,, the food is nice and the staff are lovely, just one problem you may have to share your food with the locals!!!! the monkeys!!!!one decided to help himself to one of our drinks and drunk the lot!!
More touristic than Serrekunda market. Sellers are also more anxious than in Serrekunda. You can easily get lost in this place. Alleys are narrow and partly in shadows. Nice fabrics and woodworks. I didnt do any shopping - just enjoyed watching the people.
The Gambia is a great place to visit and has some great unspoilt beaches that you can walk for mile's can also hire quad bikes and wind surfs and canoe's hotel we stayed in had a great pool and a good bar and restaurant and the entertainment at night was good including a disco and African night and a grand buffet for Christmas day.
The Kombo Beach is the only hotel we have been to in The Gambia, we stayed here the first time and...more
well such an extraordinarily well run venue in Gambia. German influence, very efficient. What...more
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