The Gambia Travel Guide

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    Landing in Banjul
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  • Swimming at Mandina
    Swimming at Mandina
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  • Our room at Mandina
    Our room at Mandina
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The Gambia Highlights

  • Pro
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    kucha says…

     Friendly people, authentic local culture, beautiful birds 

  • Con
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    toonsarah says…

     Watch out for mozzies and take those malaria pills! 

  • In a nutshell
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     The most friendly people ever met ! 

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Kololi

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33,48,4

Banjul

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23,87,2

Georgetown

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25,37,0

Serekunda

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17,36,2

Kotu

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6,12,1

Fort James Island

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12,23,0

Bakau

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1,0,1

Basse Santa Su

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11,17,0

Kuntaur

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21,26,0

Wassu

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13,19,0

Lamin Koto

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4,7,0

India

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0,1,0

Lamin Island

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7,16,0

Gunjur

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10,22,0

Ghana Town

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0,1,0

Brikama

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2,8,0

Brikama

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15,85,0

Abuko

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3,8,0

Kololi

See all 33 Kololi Tips
  • Outside of the resort you are hunted...

    Kololi Warnings and Dangers

    The only reason we came to The Gambia is because of the great weather in December (we were there in 2009). And it stayed the only reason one should ever have to go there. As soon as we left the resort, close to the beach, one person after the other comes at you, wanting to be your friend (later asking for money), sell you something, offering trips,...

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  • Kairaba Beach Hotel

    Kololi Hotels

    well such an extraordinarily well run venue in Gambia. German influence, very efficient. What...

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  • Pickpockets at the ferry

    Kololi Warnings and Dangers

    We made the Banjul-Barra ferry crossing four times in total. Three times were completely trouble free but once we attempted to make the crossing on the first ferry of the morning of Milad an-Nabi and it was chaos! This particular crossing was part of a group tour to Janjang Burreh. We started our journey as a group of thirteen, but we became twelve...

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Banjul

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  • THE FRUIT LADIES

    Banjul Shopping

    In almost every hotel beach area you will see the fruit ladies. They carry fresh fruit on plates they balance on their heads. It is more of a show than shopping. However, please do not miss this interesting experience.Once you have agreed a price and which fruit you want, the fruit is prepared. Definately buy an orange. The lady pictured here...

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  • Kombo Beach Hotel

    Banjul Hotels

    The Kombo Beach is the only hotel we have been to in The Gambia, we stayed here the first time and...

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  • Nighttime banjul

    Banjul Nightlife

    Fun fun fun!! african soft relax reggie feeling...:) You will find this nice little bar in the middle of the village in Banjul. If you want to meet the locals this is the bar for you..:) there are no tourists here..The play only reggiemusic here. It is a soft atmosphere and alot of dance and party:)!

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Georgetown

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  • House near port

    Georgetown Favorites

    This house is located right in front of the slave house. It actually has one of the touristic highlights of the town which I didnt go. Its some quind of hole where slaves used to be put in. I didnt want to see that.

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  • Posing for photo

    Georgetown Local Customs

    This was the head boy of the group of kids. Here he said, come one , pose please. check this out! hahanice shot I say.

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  • Happy kids

    Georgetown Local Customs

    Look at this smile! they're so cool. After I gave them the money they stayed there with me asking how my life was back in my country, which music I was keen into and all, funny, they cold talk more and have more interesting converstations than the majority of grown ups I've found in town.

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Serekunda

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Kotu

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  • Taxi

    Kotu Transportation

    Local bus is by far the cheapest way but they dont come by Kotu, you need to go into Serekunda, by taxi, in which case its usually easier to go back taxi all the way if going local (around the coast area).Kotu to Senegambia is 50D.From the airport to Kotu, 400D. takes about 30mins, 45min to banjul.I had a friend in Senekunda who had a driver who...

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  • Hotel Palm Beach

    Kotu Hotels

    Advertised via the travel agent as 3 stars, i wasnt expecting much, but to be honest it wasnt too...

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  • Bumsters, husslers, scams

    Kotu Tourist Traps

    Whilst the locals are incredibly friendly on the 'smiling coast' (as they call it or its been branded), shaking your hand at every opportunity and asking your details, 90% of the time, they are trying to sell you something.Ive been to far pushier places and at least these people are polite and at the end of the day they are trying to make a living...

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Fort James Island

  • Pirogue trip

    Fort James Island Transportation

    This is an amazing experience. you can take the boat by discussing the price in Albreda to the captain. You can get a cheaper guidance package including the albreda guide, the museum ticket and the boat to the james fort on the island and also the guide explaining the island history.

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  • Slave market

    Fort James Island Things to Do

    Gambia was the first Imperial slave exploit in Africa. James Island has caves and prisions where slaves were put to send them to the American colonies.

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  • Inside the Fort

    Fort James Island Things to Do

    The Fort was constructed in 1651 and re sized in 1661 by Britain when the Royal Adventurers Of England Trading Into Africa bundled out of the Baltic occupants and set themselves up under the Royal Patent of Charles II, buying gold, ivory, peppers, hides and slaves to the American Colonies.

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Bakau

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  • Fishing village

    Bakau Things to Do

    Bakau fishing village is in the heart of the town and is a wonderful bustle of activity when the long fishing pirogues come in. There are loads of cheap Bonga Fish which is made in to local fishballs. There are the ugliest fish in the market, the butter fish, which when skinned and filletted make a fabulous dish, rather like monk fish tails. You...

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  • Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort

    Bakau Hotels

    PO Box 4065 Bakau Post Office, Bakau, Gambia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Basse Santa Su

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  • Side road view

    Basse Santa Su Favorites

    This is how the road heading Georgetown in Janjanbureh Island looks like. The first cities geting in the country coming from Senegal are first the border one Sabi, after Basse Santa Su and next is Bansang. All this the Fuladu region.

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  • Centre town

    Basse Santa Su Favorites

    Basse Santa Su has a very well know market full of shops with artisnas which creat amazing art pieces. West African Arts, crafts and traditional textiles. This marked was housed back in 1906 has a trading post on the river next to the ferry.

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  • Palm trees

    Basse Santa Su Off The Beaten Path

    Around the area of Basse Santa Su you have huge amounts of palm trees. Actually all over the country you'll find palm trees. They grow by the river.

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Kuntaur

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  • Warehouses

    Kuntaur Things to Do

    Warehouses like this are very nice to see. They transmit some kind of old times I cant really explain that feeling. A must I say! You can fing them all over the town centre. remember Kuntaur is a port town so expect lots of these warehouses that might be full of groundnuts to export.

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  • Local house

    Kuntaur Favorites

    another picture for you to see how the town looks like and what you should expect coming here. this way you can easily see if its worth it or not coming right? isnt this one the reasons of belonging to VT?

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  • street scene

    Kuntaur Favorites

    This is a scene of Kuntaur heading out of the town, after the small river that you can see on one of my other tips.

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Wassu

See all 13 Wassu Tips
  • Always make sure the hand brake works.

    Wassu Warnings and Dangers

    The diver of this lorry got out of his cab near the top of the hill, in order to take a pee. Either he didn't apply the hand brake properly, or it failed, but the result was that the lorry started to roll backwards, gaining speed as it went. There were two problems with this:1. Three people were travelling on the roof of the cab - fortunately they...

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  • The sunset

    Wassu Favorites

    The sun sets relatively early in this part of the world, and we wer still on the road when it went down. I love sunset pictures and can watch the sun go down for hours. Of course, this near the equator it is over in just a few minutes.

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  • The people

    Wassu Favorites

    As you can see from this picture, the clothing in the village was not very new and modern. We had brought with us a huge bag of old clothes that we no longer wanted, and this was very gratefully received in the village. This particular young woman took a shine to David, and walked around the entire village holding his hand. It was very hard to...

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Lamin Koto

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  • Ferry boat from Georgetown

    Lamin Koto Transportation

    To go to Wassu from Georgetown, you have at least 20km separating. Wassu is located abit after Kuntaur. You have to take a ferry to the north bank division from Georgetown. 1000CFAby law, tourists have to pay boats and ferries in the country not with national currency but with CFA.On hte picture you can see my car on the boat.

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  • Georgetown aka Janjanbureh

    Lamin Koto Things to Do

    This is the former Georgetown that just recently got its original name back. Georgetown is located on a Island in the middle of the Gambia river. The name of the island where Janjanbureh is located was Maccarthy Island, now is Janjanbureh Island. During the steamboat era, Janjanbureh was the second city of the country and had actually a very...

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  • Wassu stone circles

    Lamin Koto Off The Beaten Path

    20km from Lamini Koto you have Wassu stone circles. This Wassu consists on an important pre historic place in the Gambia, but of course no Stonehenge. This is a circle of stones that seems to date from 1300AD to 750AD by some analisys made to found carbon. It seems that vefore the stones were actually there, the place was sacred and used to make...

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Lamin Island

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  • The heat of the sun

    Lamin Island Warnings and Dangers

    Because you are setting out in the dark, leaving the hotel at six in the morning, you may not think of bringing the essentials such as sun tan lotion and a hat. It got very hot and thristy once the sun came out, and walking around the vegetable gardens we got rather dehydrated as we didn't think about taking water with us.

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  • Vegetable gardens

    Lamin Island Things to Do

    After the boat trip we were taken on a walk along the edge of the vegetable gardens, seeing the locally grown produce as well as more birds. It was very interesting.

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  • Dug-out canoe

    Lamin Island Transportation

    To ferry the tourists around the mangrove and around the mud flats, a small dug out canoe is used, very flexible for manouvering around shallow waters. Be careful not to move to rapidly in it though, as it is not very steady!

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Gunjur

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  • Nature in Gunjur

    Gunjur Restaurants

    Very fresh, local food, please order in advance. They will cook you whatever you want but fish is Gunjur's speciality.

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  • A slice of Jamaica

    Gunjur Restaurants

    Just on the edge of Gunjur fishing village you can find another Rastafarian retreat, Kaira Kunda. They are already geared up to accommodate tourists in simple huts with bucket shower and long drop toilet but sadly no visitors while we were there.Now fellow Virtual Tourists, please don’t waste your money in some hotel in Senegambia, owned by some...

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  • Hope for the future

    Gunjur Restaurants

    Gunjur beach has two beach bars, Hopeside Corner has great potential but little trade. You’ll need to order your drinks and food in the morning, so the boys can run into the village to get your needs. This includes fresh palm wine and our new favourite tipple, cana. The boys are hoping to have a couple of rooms to rent soon, in the meantime you’re...

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Top The Gambia Hotels

Kololi Hotels
33 Reviews - 48 Photos
Banjul Hotels
23 Reviews - 87 Photos
Kotu Hotels
6 Reviews - 12 Photos
Serekunda Hotels
17 Reviews - 36 Photos
Bakau Hotels
1 Review
Gunjur Hotels
10 Reviews - 22 Photos
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Brikama Hotels
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