The Gambia Transportation

  • Landing in Banjul
    Landing in Banjul
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  • Gambian coastline
    Gambian coastline
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  • Waiting buses
    Waiting buses
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The Gambia Transportation

  • BANJUL AIRPORT

    GAMBIA AIRPORTBanjul airport is The Gambia’s only airport. It is not situated near Banjul but 23 kilometres away. Originally the airport was built by the Americans during WWII. President Roosevelt visited here in 1943 on his way to Casablanca.The airport building was designed by Piere Goudiaby. The airport terminal building opened in 1997....

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  • Flight to Banjul

    As we had booked a package with The Gambia Experience our flight was a charter one, flying with Monarch from London Gatwick. It was a sort of semi "no frills" experience - we didn't pay for meals but we did for drinks (even soft drinks). Service throughout, both check-in and on board, was well organised and despite limited leg room, the plane was...

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  • Transfer to the hotels

    If you travel with The Gambia Experience you can if preferred book a private transfer but we were happy to go in the group buses and found that to be relatively hassle-free. The main downside is that you must wait until everyone is through customs and ready to leave, but we were given a bottle of cold water and a straw fan, and there was plenty of...

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  • Banjul International Airport

    Located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Banjul, Banjul International Airport (BJL) is the only airport in Gambia offering flights to other African countries and Europe. Most of the airlines that serve the airport are from neighboring African countries, but a few European airlines and charter companies fly into the airport as well.Airlines...

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  • Bad roads

    The Gambia is a small country with not that much roads and the roads you’ll find aren’t always in that good condition. The one you find in the costal area are quit all right, but the further you go inland the worser they become. Travelling is always an rough adventure.

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  • Car hire

    There are several modes of transport, when you want to move all independent the best you could do is hiring your own car. It probably is the most expensive way but you’re free to move. The price tag at the other hand is about 100 - 150€/ day without driver, gasoil and KM charges. For an all inclusive expect to pay about 200 – 250€ depending the...

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  • Best way to travel is by the...

    Best way to travel is by the green taxi's or bushtaxis which are not too expensive. Agree on the price before you leave.If renting a car make sure to have a written contract and inspect the technical condition of the car.

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  • taxis

    taxis are about the best way to get about in the Gambia,but getting one always involves haggling.Your Hotel will get one for you and the prices are usually displayed on a board,but this is expensive try to get the green and yellow ones.Your hotel will try to put you off but try they can be up to two thirds less depending on how good you bargain,The...

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  • OK most of the time

    You can get around in many ways in The Gambia,by tourist taxi painted GREEN and supposed to be safer but MUCH more expensive than ,the YELLOW and green striped taxis used by the more monied locals,or what most people use Minibusses,these vehicles go from town to town and will drop you where you want fares are fixed for all the way trip or a drop...

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  • Have a driver

    Best way to get around is to have a driver who can also be your quide and a friend. He is responsible of you so you are been taken care of. Some young men work for somebody else and then you may need to settle the prize beforehand. Remember to pargain.Some people just ask for a tip, "what ever comes from your heart". Remember that gasoline is...

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  • The Banjul Ferry

    There are no bridges across the Gambia River, and the only way to get across is by ferry. The Banjul Ferry runs regularly between Banjul on the south bank of the river, and Barra on the north bank. Two rusty and broken-down ferries are scheduled to make the 30-minute trip every one to two hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., but there are usually...

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  • Geleh Geleh

    The best fun you can have is to use the local mini buses known as "Geleh-Gelehs", the driver is often accompanied by his son who is continually balling out their destination. A trip from the west coast beach resorts into Serrekunda can cost you as little as five delasi per person. The bush taxis are literally that, if you take one into the rural...

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  • Bush taxi or bus?

    We made far more use of the local buses this time around. It’s still a little confusing that the buses and the yellow and green taxis are referred to as “Bush Taxis”, as the cost between using these two means of transport is astronomical. We walked from the Suma Hotel to the Brikama Bus stand where we were very efficiently packed inside and charged...

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  • Banjul to Barra Ferry

    Living as We do in Scotland, we use the ferry service a lot but, this is one ferry trip everyone should make an effort to take. We crossed the river from Banjul to Barra several times and every time, even when the ferry was not busy people pushed shoved pulled and squeezed to try and get on or off as quick as possible, The first, time we shared the...

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  • Getting to The Gambia

    O.K. ... I know I'm biased, but I just cannot get into the ancient Russian aircraft so many African nations still use. The only international airport is at Banjul; there are direct scheduled and charter flights from the UK. Regular buses and taxis cross the border into Senegal.

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  • Local transport!

    Now this is the way to travel!In all seriousness, getting around Gambia can be difficult. There are very bad roads and almost no public transport to Georgetown and Basse Santa Su.

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  • Minibus fun!

    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...

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  • Truck of Sterenborg

    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,...

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  • Road made of shells

    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

    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...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Road travel

    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...

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  • Crossing the Gambia river

    When you leave Banjul for Senegal you’ll have to take a ferry, buy your ticket in advance but buy it at a locket and not on the streets. Be careful for the hustlers.

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  • Accross the River Gambia

    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...

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  • Bike

    Why not renting a bike for a (half) day? A very good way to discover (a part of) the country on your own.Watch out for the traffic, and last but not least for the sun!

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  • (Small) bus

    If you want to travel on a longer distance or between 2 cities, you can take a (small) bus.Prices are very cheap, but don't make a problem of it when the bus has to make some "pitstops"...

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  • Green taxi's

    Green taxi'sThese 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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  • Yellow taxi's

    In The Gambia, you have different kinds of taxi's...Yellow taxi'sThese ones are very cheap and are common used by the local people. Normally, they have a scheduled track, and stop every time someone wave with their hand. However, very often there's no place left, so you have to wait for another one.Price for one trip per person (approx. 5 kms) :...

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  • While waiting for the ferry...

    Buh Ba and Ibrahim Bah, two guys delivering sugar from one end of the country to the other waiting for the ferry as well...yes, there's a lot of waiting, and waiting and waiting and more waiting around here.

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  • Trans-Gambia Highway

    really looooong lines waiting for the one ferry that piles the river back and forth...the day i had to cross all 14km or something like that of the country, the single ferry had broken down and it took our taxi 6 hours to go that measely distance!

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  • Crossing the Gambia River

    Quickest way is to take a boat from Banjul...several departures a day of questionable safety record.

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  • Rent a bike.

    Rent a bike, for 1 day.You can go where you want.If you want to go by taxi, don't take the taxi in front of your hotel, but take the ones on the street. They are cheaper. Before driving, make a price for the day and he stay the whole day with you.Give him also something to eat and drink, and he is your best friend.

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  • OFFICIAL TOURIST GUIDE

    When traveling around the country make sure to assure you of the services of an OFFICIAL tourist guide. These people are trained by the government. They will show you around and explain about the country. Afterwards you can tip them. Make sure to get one of these guys in order to have a safe trip.

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  • Since the Gambia river is a...

    Since the Gambia river is a huge river, boats are a common means of transportation. Buses and caps are also very common.

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  • Most of the time we took this...

    Most of the time we took this kind of bus (picture). That was the best way to get in touch with the locals.

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  • The best way is to take a...

    The best way is to take a plane !The best way to visit the Gambia is to take a 'taxi' or something like that !You can also book excursions outside the hotel but be sure that they are full assured.We did it almost our whole holiday and we enjoyed a lot!We had never such a great and pleasant like here.

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  • From Scandinavia you can go by...

    From Scandinavia you can go by air charter , Ving or Spies Trawell agencys (SCANDINAVIAN LEISURE GROUPE).There is also regulary flights by SABENA dayly except Fridays from Bruxelles with a lot of connections from different airportsover the whole world. Buses,Tourist taxies, boat , you can even rent a car but watch up for the condition on it and...

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  • I am not sure about flight...

    I am not sure about flight onlys - but the package cost me £345 for one weeks accommodation including the flight. Flights from Gatwick are usually at 11.30am on a Friday with JMC and Monarch By registered Tourist Taxis which are very cheap or if on a package book onto some of the tour operators trips as it is not safe to just hail a cab, you need...

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