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Kololi

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Banjul

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Georgetown

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Kotu

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Fort James Island

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Serekunda

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Wassu

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Lamin Island

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Gunjur

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Brikama

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Kololi

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  • 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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  • Senegambia Beach Hotel

    Kololi Hotels

    The Senegambia hotel is in Kolilio, very close to Bijilo Forest Park. Every day at 11.00 am the...

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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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  • Arch 22

    Banjul Things to Do

    Arch 22 is one of the symbols for Banjul and It was built in the year 1996 in order to mark the military coup d'etat of July 22, 1994, through which Yahya Jammeh became president of the country and overthrew the democratically elected Gambian government.Arch 22 is a giant arch with a hight of 112 feet. There is a lift that takes you up, (IF it is...

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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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  • a tiny green mosque

    Banjul Off The Beaten Path

    This is the tiny green mosque that you will find opposite of the National Museum of The Gambia in Banjul. About 90% of the 1.700.000 inhabitants of the Gambia are muslims, 9% are christians and obviously they are living togeather without lots of problems.From a local policeman we also have learned that in recent years large groups of muslims came...

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Georgetown

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  • House near port

    Georgetown General

    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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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

    The lobby, pool area and reception rooms at the Palm Beach looked quite nice and although the rooms...

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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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Serekunda

See all 23 Serekunda Tips
  • Daytrips

    Serekunda Things to Do

    Bakau is a old colonial village with a Botanical Garden, the Kachikalli Crocdile Pool (a sacred site) and a interresting fishing port, it could be a real nicke plane with a little bit of cleaning up. There is also a cheap accomodation, the Romana Hotel. Get there by shared yellow taxi or minibus from Westfield (corner Kairaba Avenue and Birkama...

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  • Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort & Spa

    Serekunda Hotels

    AU Hwy, Brufut Heights, PO Box 3311, Serekunda, Gambia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Alaeldin Restaurant

    Serekunda Restaurants

    The Alaeldin Restaurant is a Lebanese restaurant and shop doing Showarma, Falafel, Pizza and Manakish (a Middle Eastern version of Pizza). It has also the best wifi i did find in the area. I had a Manakish with tomatoes and cheese, very nice. Located in the Kairaba Avenue between Bertil Harding Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

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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 General

    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 General

    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 Island

See all 7 Lamin Island Tips
  • 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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Brikama

See all 15 Brikama Tips
  • Evening paddle among the mangroves

    Brikama Things to Do

    On one of our days at Mandina we had a late afternoon / early evening boat ride with Amadou, paddling along the mangrove-edged waters in search of bird life and just generally relaxing in the cooling air.We passed some fishermen near a village, casting their nets in the traditional way, and some women returning from a day spent collecting oysters...

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  • Mandina River Lodge

    Brikama Hotels

    Mandina consists of a small group of very individual lodges set among the mangroves in the Makasutu...

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  • Makasutu Cultural Forest

    Brikama General

    Makasutu means “sacred forest” in Mandinka. This 500 hectare reserve was founded by two British men, James English and Lawrence Williams, who had a passion for The Gambia and wanted to help to preserve its wildlife and natural environment. They gradually bought this area of land and restored it to its natural state. It encompasses five different...

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Top The Gambia Hotels

Wassu Hotels
13 Reviews - 19 Photos
Sukuta Hotels
1 Review - 4 Photos
Kotu Hotels
7 Reviews - 17 Photos
Kololi Hotels
34 Reviews - 53 Photos
Serekunda Hotels
23 Reviews - 69 Photos
Fajara Hotels
6 Reviews - 46 Photos
Brikama Hotels
15 Reviews - 85 Photos
Banjul Hotels
30 Reviews - 111 Photos
Bakau Hotels
1 Review

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