Serekunda Travel Guide

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Serekunda Things to Do

  • Local school

    No visit to the Gambia is complete without seeing a local school. The children looked very sweet in their royal blue uniforms. The classroom was very basic, as were all the facilities. There were little pigs running around the ground. We had brought a whole bag of stationery, which we left behind at the school. Many others had done the same, or...

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  • Palm wine

    We stopped to see the collection of the locally rpoduced palm wine in a small village outside Serekunda. We all had tasters from the same plastic mug - I wonder how hygenic that was? It tasted a little like like a rough brandy - not unpleasant. The palm wine is known locally as Jungle Juice.

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  • Market

    The market in Serrekunda, like many other West African cities, is a colourful and noisy affair. Here, away from the tourist areas, the items on sale are your everyday useful things, food, kitchen utensils, clothes etc.

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Serekunda Transportation

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    by grets Written Jan 26, 2005

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    A great mode of transport, with the straw roof keeping the sun off, the open sides allowing for better visibility and to keep cool breezes coming in. It was remarkably comfortable, albeait a little difficult to get into.

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Serekunda Shopping

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    by alyf1961 Written May 14, 2014

    At Serekunda market there are hundreds of stalls selling everything from food, fruit, utensils, clothes and live chickens.
    The market is aimed at locals but it is definitely a tourist destination for a taste of everyday life in The Gambia.
    On the way in and out of the city, donkeys and carts line the roads. Empty carts on their way into the market and full carts on their way home.

    What to buy: Everything the locals needs for everyday life.

    What to pay: cheap!!

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Serekunda Local Customs

  • Money changer

    We stopped in Serekunda on the way inland and later into Senegal, so this seemed a good place to change money into Senegales currency. Our guide, Urbain, just called someone over, who walked across with a bag full of money. Black market. It wouldn't have worked in England, he would have been robbed before he crossed the road. The police didn't seem...

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  • Carrying water

    Woman will walk for miles to fect water at a well, carrying the bucket elegantly on their head as they walk, without spilling a drop.

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Serekunda Warnings and Dangers

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    by grets Written Jan 26, 2005

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    If you want to visit some of the more remote villages, I would suggest that you make a point of using a four-wheel-drive, as this is the normal state of the roads outside the main cities.

    Sandy track

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Serekunda Tourist Traps

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    by grets Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Everywhere we went today the children were shouting and waving and when we actually stopped, they crowded around us asking for pens, sweets and wanting to give us their address. I took a couple of addresses at the palm wine place, and David was particularly taken with "his" little girl, called Amy.

    Everywhere we went the children wanted to hold your hand. "Hello my friend" "What's your name?" "Is this your first time to Gambia?" etc etc etc.

    Cheeky little monkey

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Serekunda Off The Beaten Path

  • Go eat at a local's house

    People may invite you to have tea or have dinner at their house.If you feel like doing it, don't hesitate.

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  • The modern well

    With help from various charities and the government, some of the villages do have much more modern facilities for collecting water. This well, which was right in the middle of the main road through the village, takes away a lot of the backbraking work of hauling water with a rope, and also saves a great deal of time.

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  • Village

    Out in the coutryside, the villages are small and poor, with no running water or electricity. Despite this obvious hardship, the people are always very friendly and welcoming, especially the children.

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Serekunda Favorites

  • Sunset

    The sunsets all over the Gambia and the Senegal were very diffused and delicate rather than spectacular, as a result of the amount of dust particles hanging in the air.

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  • Women's clothing

    I love the brightly coloured and flamboyant outfites that the women wear in this part of the world. They look so striking and so much more confident that western women do.

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