The Gambia may be the smallest country in mainland Africa but this is no reflection of its rich versatile offering - it is the perfect safe introduction to Africa. Already established as a haven for winter sun visitors, The Gambia is fast becoming known as an all year round destination.
Its warm climate, close proximity to Europe, no time difference, English speaking locals and value for money products contribute to its growing reputation. Famous for its magnificent 80km coastline, The Gambia is far more than just a beach destination. The country’s eco-system provides a sanctuary for over 560 species of birds and the meandering waterway of the River Gambia lends itself to watersports, fishing and inland cruising. Whatever the holiday, The Gambia has something for everyone.
SOFT ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE
Soft adventure abounds in The Gambia with golf, cycling, horse riding, jet skiing and windsurfing, or for the thrill seekers sky diving awaits. There are also excellent fishing opportunities in The Gambia where guests can enjoy sea, river or creek fishing. The Gambia is a bird watchers dream with some 560 identified species.
Many hotels have resident bird specialists and some tour operators offer bird watching trips and breaks. On a bush and beach safari up the River Gambia, explorers will see monkeys, bird life, hippos and maybe even a crocodile. Visitors can take in one of the five national parks where warthog, bushbuck, Senegal bushbaby, antelope and manatee all reside.
HISTORY & HERITAGE
There is no doubt that the river-focused geography of this country has given it a pivotal role in the trading history of Africa – particularly the slave trade. Some three million slaves are believed to have been taken from the region during that period. Today, one of the most popular heritage products is the Gambia Roots Tour, inspired by Alex Haley’s book of the same name.
During the tour, visitors go on a leisurely boat cruise down the River Gambia, with occasional dolphin sightings, to three World Heritage Sites: the villages of Albreda and Juffurah and the ancient trading post of James Island. There is a museum where visitors can find out more about the history of the slave trading posts and the descendants of Alex Haley’s ancestor, Kunta Kinte.
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