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Ideally situated for shops, bars, restaurants and all amenities. Great value for money.
In a nutshell
the lplace to be for sunlovers
WoW was a really WoW to us as we entered it the first time. We don't usually go to these kind of places (hip-hop, rap & black music; cannot dance). Still the ambience took us; as earlier in the evening the music was not loud so you could talk, older music + reggae was played. Perhaps at 01:00 they started to play loud. I felt like being in some club in Harlem.
If you want to see all styles; go there! A lot of rastas enjoyed the place; at first we were the only tourists there. You can enjoy watching the whole variety of clothes, hats, caps, rastas, everything. That already is amusing itself.
The people were great though; the same Gambian comradeship was there. I had taken a "rasta"-look in my long blond hair, and all rasta guys came to me to shake hands and say "sister". "Rasta" women smiled at me nicely.
If you wanna dance - go to the WoW. It was amazing how the Gambian people had the rhythm in their blood. It was enjoyable to watch them move their bodies so easily the way we Europeans can never do. The dance floor was full all the time.
One thing: watch out for pickpockets; it's really dark in there. Also it is good to be aware that even if people don't drink much alchol there, some smoke drugs and perhaps sell them too (esp. the rastafaris). Despite this, they are nice and let you be and shake hands :) Everybody is your friend.
Please note also: there are a few prostitutes in this place; usually they can be recognized of their outlooks but not always, so it is good to be aware if you are not planning to buy these kind of services.
I hope I didn't scare you; it's a safe place and a safe area to walk even at the whee hours. Just don't get too drunk. Be brave and jump in and be a part of this crazy world for a moment. I would call that an experience.
There is an entrance fee of 50 dalasis usually, but I am sure that during your stay in Gambia you get friends who will let you in without paying anything. It happened to us too!
Dress Code: What dress code? There was no dress code at all; I guess that the main thing is that you have something on you.
The guys had mainly sports clothing and sneakers (due to the music), a small part had neat black pants and some nice shirt hanging on the pants (not inside). No-one weared shorts.
The girls had no sports clothing at all; they were all dressed and made up. They wore either supertight jeans or capri pants with a tiny top. Or a mini skirt. Quite much make-up.
I dressed myself up just like in any other hot places; some dress or skirt and top/blouse; the normal "disco" way.
Note: local men do not wear shorts not even daytime. Evenings, nighttime and especially if you go for dinner it is not acceptable to wear shorts - even if you see half of the tourists doing it still, unfortunately.
Written Jan 6, 2007
Address: Senegambia Street, Senegambia, Kololi
The area all around the hotels on the coast is full of sales people and hustlers. If you want to go to the supermarket or walk along the beach, you need to be prepared to run the gauntlet of the persistent locals. Most are Ok and take no for an answer, and some you can even build up a really friendly banter with, but some are very persistent! They sell everything from tours, carvings, cigarettes to charity donations. Some just want to chat to you in order to practice their English.
Unique Suggestions: Friends of mine visited a couple of years after we did, and she was so upset by the hustlers, she refused to leave the hotel grounds. I also spoke to several people on the flight home who had done the same. It's a shame, because chatting to the locals can really get you a feel for the place.
Fun Alternatives: Try to smile, be firm about not wanting to purchase whatever it is that they are selling, but do talk to the local people. It can really enrich your holiday.
Written Jan 25, 2005
Miscellaneous: If you’re planning to venture outside the coastal tourist areas and head inland then it’s a very good idea to take cheap gifts for the children you will meet. Before we went I visited Wilkinsons (am I allowed to name drop like that? Oh, well!) and picked up a whole load of crayons for 12p per pack, exercise books for 39p each and huge tubs of pens and pencils for next to nothing. If I had bought all that locally rather than bringing it over from England it would have cost me a fortune, and the gifts were very much appreciated by the children. Clothing is appreciated too, in certain circumstance. I gave my pashmina to one woman who took a shine to it. Jonathan said I should have taken my VT T-Shirt so that a little of VT could have stayed in rural Africa, but I had left it in my bag and didn’t think until we had left the village.
Written Apr 13, 2008
A little inland from the beach, we stopped by these enormous termite mounds along the side of the road.
Written Jan 25, 2005