Getting Around The Gambia

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    Minibus fun!

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

    To fly in is the best way, if coming from overseas. But it is very easy to cross the border over from Senegal.
    The local taxis, are lethal and have no sense of either direction or speed - but they are an experience. They can also work out quite expensive. It is probably best to take the local minibuses which seem to run everywhere and at a fraction of the cost -they are also a lot of fun.....

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    Truck of Sterenborg

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    When you travels in West Africa, you will see a lot of busses and trucks coming originally from Europe. Often you will see still the names and signs of the European companies on the vehicles.

    So our fellow-traveller saw this truck with the name Sterenborg still on it. It was a company, he had worked for in the past, allthough this was not the truck, which he usually drove.

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    Road made of shells

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    During one of our stops along the higway to the east I had the chance to have a close look at the pavement of the asphalt road.

    Big surprise, I didn't notice it ever before. The road was paved with seashells !!!

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    The reason of the flat tyre

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    During the reparation of our tyre in Soma we found out, what the reason was of our flat tyre within ten minutes after our departure from the Atlantic coast.

    First we saw that the tube was full of repairs. Second the tube had not the right size for the tyre.

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    Soma, looking for a workshop to repair our tyre

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    After our first night in Soma, the first thing to do the next morning was to find a workshop to repair our flat tyre.

    In the Gambia and most West African countries that will be never a problem, because every town or village has many workshops. So we find quite easy a workshop, recognisable by the many tyres along the road.

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    We lost our shock absorber

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    After the flat tyre at the first day we lost also the shock absorber of our Toyota. It was the one, which was repaired in the local workshop in Ker Serigne the week before.

    What we didn't know yet this first day, that this was only the start of a lot of technical and mechanical problems with the cars during our transsahara trip.

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    Finally en route

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Finally we solved all problems with the car and could head east. The Mitsubishi Pajero in front of us would be the image of the next weeks on our way to Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and back to the north to Morocco and Europe.

    Anyway we thought all problems were solved.......

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    Flat tyre

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Finally after 5 days we started our trip. First we had to drive to the east to visit the Niokolo Koba Park in Senegal and to continue our journey to Mali. We were very excited.

    Within ten minutes after our departure we had the first problem with our car ......a flat tyre.

    It was the one we bought in Serrekunda the day before.

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    Looking for tyres of the right size

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    For the Toyota Landcruiser we needed new tyres of the right size. We were advised to look for these tyres in a shop in Serrekunda.

    At the main road in Serrekunda we found this shop with lots of second hand tyres in all types and sizes you can imagine.

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    Ker Serigne, preparing and repairing the cars

    by sachara Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Before we could leave for our transsahara trip, the two 4WDs had to have a check up.

    In Ker Serigne was a local workshop. Every time we thought the cars were fixed, it turned out there was a new technical problem.

    Finally we had a delay of almost four days before we could start our overland trip.

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    Serrekunda, horse cart

    by sachara Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Like everywhere in West Africa we saw also in the Gambia a lot of horse carts, like this one in the centre of Serrekunda along one of the mainroads.

    In the Gambia the most horse or donkey carts were used for transporting goods. In other parts of West Africa we saw that these carts were used as taxis or for transporting the whole family.

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    Hire a moped

    by sachara Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    If you stay in one of the hotels at the coast like we did during our first visit to the Gambia, it's nice to hire a moped for short distances.

    We did hire a moped and visited quite easily other places along the coast, Serrekunda and even Banjul. We took the scenic old coastal road with wonderful baobab trees.
    When I see baobabs, it gives me always the real feeling to be back in Africa.

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  • Road travel

    by sociolingo Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Driving standards are unpredictable and some local taxis are not roadworthy. Driving after dark carries added hazards because of poor road and vehicle lighting. For this reason, you should exercise particular caution when walking along roads at night. In the event of an accident, emergency medical facilities are very limited.

    During the rainy season (June‑October) potholes on roads are common and you should take care when driving. Poor roads up-country make travel outside of the Greater Banjul area difficult year round. You can use a UK driving licence for up to three months.

    Security checkpoints are common on all major routes in The Gambia. They are not always well sign-posted and care should be taken when approaching them, especially at night.

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    Accross the River Gambia

    by brancolini Written Jul 24, 2003

    There are only two ways accross the River Gambia: the tiny fishermen boats, overcrowded, or the huge ferry, also overcrowded with people, cars, and TIR trucks.
    It was a very hard experience, since the overload made the boat run aground. One huge truck had to get out, so the trip could continue...
    Then, the overcrowded people compartments, with people vomiting, the smell of overdue meat and poultry, etc was just unbaring...
    Very hard times in Gambia...!

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  • Green taxi's

    by MichelJes Written May 6, 2003

    Green taxi's

    These tourist taxi's will also bring you somewhere for an agreed price, and if you like, the driver will wait for you to drive you back. And if you like, he also will join you to visit a market or so.

    Green taxi's are rather expensive...

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