The Gambia in the Summer

 

The Gambia may be the smallest country in mainland Africa but this is no reflection of it rich versatile offering. Already established as a haven for winter sun visitors The Gambia is fast becoming better known as an all year round destination; its warm climate, close proximity to Europe and value for money products contribute to its growing reputation in the summer season. 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, while the River Gambia and its meandering waterways lend themselves to watersports and inland cruising. The destination's focus on eco-tourism also continues to go from strength the strength. Whatever the holiday, The Gambia has something for everyone.

A treat for the senses

The Gambia is a treat for the senses. Music fills the air, white beautiful beaches provide an endless vista and a bewitching aroma of authentic cuisine completes the holiday experience.

In a country bordering the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise to find that fish is a popular choice. There is an abundance of freshly caught delicacies such as fresh barracuda, captain fish, ladyfish, butterfish and Atlantic prawn to be found in the local restaurants. The succulent and delicious ladyfish, often with traditional yassa or benichin flavours, is a must try. Both local and international fare is served in the country’s many restaurants including Italian and Indian cuisine. Good food is also available in the country’s large choice of hotels, with excellent service accompanied by Gambian-style hospitality.

When it comes to a refreshing drink, Julbrew is a popular choice. This locally brewed beer has a tangy, fresh taste that is very welcome in the heat of the Gambian evening.

Most restaurants and hotels have ocean views and many provide balcony seating and al fresco dining to create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Guests can enjoy the delicious food and listen to the sound of the ocean waves.

Soft adventure & wildlife

Soft adventure abounds with golf, cycling, swimming, tennis, horse riding, jet skiing, windsurfing and camel riding all available, while for the thrill seekers sky diving awaits. 

There are excellent fishing opportunities in The Gambia. Guests can enjoy fishing breaks or day excursions including sea, river and creek fishing expeditions.  The Gambia is a bird watchers dream with an abundance of birdlife that consists of 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 Gambia river, explorers will see monkeys, bird life, hippos and maybe even a crocodile or two.  Visitors can visit one of the five national parks where warthog, bushbuck, Guinea baboon, Senegal bushbaby, marsh mongoose, roan 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 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 Gambia River, with occasional dolphin sightings, to three World Heritage Sites: the villages of Albreda and Juffurah and the ancient trading post of James Island. Here, a museum lets visitors find out more about the history of the slave trading posts and the descendants of Alex Haley’s ancestor, Kunta Kinte.

The Gambia Experience offers to The Gambia in October

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3 star holidays from £449 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

·         7 night duration

·         Bed & breakfast basis and twin/double room

·         Return flights from Gatwick to Banjul

·         Airport to Hotel transfers in The Gambia

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4 star holidays from £499 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

·         7 night duration

·         Bed & breakfast basis and twin/double room

·         Return flights from London Gatwick to Banjul

·         Airport to Hotel transfers in The Gambia

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5 star holidays from £569 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

·         7 night duration

·         Bed & breakfast basis and twin/double room

·         Return flights from London Gatwick to Banjul

·         Airport to Hotel transfers in The Gambia

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