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Gambia

The perfect definition of small but mighty, Gambia might be the smallest in Africa but there is so much greatness packed into this one country. There are so many amazing tourist attractions within the 11,295km that makes up this country. And these sights and attractions have been enjoyed since 1965 when the tourism industry in Gambia started. The beautiful golden coastline of The Gambia as well as the excitement of a real African holiday that fascinated the 300 tourist group that started what is now the tourism industry of Gambia today are still very much there and has been even more developed.

Surrounded by Senegal, Gambia is much more than just the beaches, beautiful sunsets and her rich coastal reserves. There are so much more treasures to experience in this country. From the over 600 species of birds you’ll find along the River Gambia to the hippopotamuses and crocodiles, all the way down to the wily colobus monkeys, there are so many things to see and do here.

Visit the capital city of Banjul located on St Mary’s Island and see where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. See the north bank of River Gambia and the setting of Alex Haley’s novel, Roots in Jufureh. Also on Jufureh, you’ll find a museum and where a family claiming to be Kunta Kinte’s descendants live. There is even a Roots tour where you can cruise up the Gambia river towards the former French trading post of Albreda.

At Bakau, you’ll find the Kachikally crocodile pool, one of the three sacred crocodile pools used for fertility rituals. The other two are Folonko in Kombo South and Berending on the north bank. For more of nature, visit Abuko Nature Reserve one of the smallest protected areas in Africa with an abundance of Gambian wildlife.

Visit the local markets to buy souvenirs such as the Kora, the main music instrument of the Wolof tribe, as well as Batik fabrics, tie-dye fabrics and African drums.

Good to Know

Country
Gambia
Visa Requirements
European Union Citizens (except those from France, Portugal, Spain and Estonia), British Citizens, members of ECOWAS countries do not need visa.
Languages spoken
English. Also Wolof, Serer-Sine, Sarahole, Pulaar, Maninkakan, Mandjaque, Mandingo, Jola-Fonyi and the Aku's Creole
Currency used
Gambian Dalasi
Area (km2)
11,295
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