Islam is the main religion in Gambia and almost 90% of the population consists of Muslims. You can easily locate a Masjid in the country. The King Fahad Masjid in Banjul is the main masjid in the country. The Muslim population of Gambia increased during the 19th century and during the period of British colonization.
The capital of Gambia, Banjul has some interesting sites worth visiting. The National Museum is of special interest. You can appreciate the colonial architecture in the city close to the July 22nd Square. Enjoy some great views from the Arch 22. A captivating place to visit in Gambia is the Abuko Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is within easy reach of the resort areas.
Visitors to Gambia love to enjoy bird-watching. Take a boat into the Tanbi Wetlands and move towards the Tanji Reserve where you can spot birds. Bird watching can also be enjoyed around the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve located in the north of the country. Gambia has a small coastline of the North Atlantic Ocean and this allows visitors to enjoy water sports and lots of exciting activities. Some of the best beaches in Gambia are Gunjur and Kartong.
The Janjanbureh Island (also known as the ‘McCarthy Island') located in the Gambia River is a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy. An ancient site, Katchikali Crocodile Pool is where you can check out crocodiles in their natural habitat. The Kiang West National Park is a stunning nature reserve that offers numerous trails and lots of flora to see. Take a micro-light tour of the villages and beaches of Gambia. Visit the site of Wassu an ancient man made structure as old as 1200 years. The River Gambia National Park is a beautiful stretch of rich vegetation along the Gambia River and beautiful to explore.
The craft markets in Gambia are quite popular among visitors. Local handicrafts and souvenirs can be found in the markets of Banjul and also in the resort areas. The Albert Market in Banjul and the commercial district of Serrekunda are the best places to find good deals on crafts. You can buy colourful wall paintings, beadwork and woodcarvings. The African tribal curios are a common souvenir.
As most of the population in Gambia are Muslims, finding halal restaurants is quite easy. Some of the local delicacies include meat stew with rice, boiled chicken and rice dishes with onions. The restaurants in Gambia also serve international cuisines such as Mexican, Lebanese, Dutch and also German. When in Gambia, you should definitely try the fish, it is simply delicious.
Taking a car rental in Gambia is one of the most common ways of traveling in the country. Gambia operates two types of taxis, green taxis and yellow taxis. The yellow taxis are much affordable as compared to the green ones. With the Gambia River running through the length of the country taking a boat can be an enjoyable option too.