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...more
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.more
AU Hwy, Brufut Heights, PO Box 3311, Serekunda, Gambia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
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.
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...more
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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.
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.
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.more