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Even though the smallest nation in Africa is Gambia, it offers a wide range of attractions and entertainment options for the visitors. If you are looking for a spot to spend your winter at, you can book tickets for Gambia. The locals at Gambia are quite friendly and the country is quite peaceful. When you explore the interiors of the country, you can see some classic landscape native to West Africa.

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.

  • Gambia Overview

    Even though the smallest nation in Africa is Gambia, it offers a wide range of attractions and entertainment options for the visitors. If you are looking for a spot to spend your winter at, you can book tickets for Gambia. The locals at Gambia are quite friendly and the country…
  • City Of Banjul

    One of the most low profile capitals of an African country, Banjul is located on the St. Mary’s Island in Gambia. The city which is today a quiet locale, was once a strategic point to control the trade over the Gambia River by the British. The city serves as the…
  • Abuko Nature Reserve

    A small nature reserve in Gambia, the Abuko Nature Reserve is located in the surroundings of beaches. Despite it’s small size, the Abuko Nature Reserve is home to a variety of wild animals such as hyenas, lions, guibs, different varieties of monkeys, crocodiles, porcupines and numerous birds and other animals.

  • Wetlands of Gambia

    Apart from the Abuko Nature Reserve, Gambia has some wonderful nature reserves and wetlands that you would love to visit for its sheer beauty and richness in different varieties of wildlife. The Tanbi Wetlands, Tanji Reserve and the Bao Bolong Wetalnd Reserve are just a few to mention.

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Gambia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Banjul

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Serekunda

GEOGRAPHY

Gambia is a small and narrow country situated in the west of Africa. With a total area of 11,300 km² Gambia is the smallest country on the continent of Africa.

 

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 1.7 Million. Muslims account for about 90% of the population.

CLIMATE

Tropical with distinct cool and hot seasons. There is a dry weather with temperatures as low as 16 °C from November to mid-May. From June to October temperatures may rise as high as 43 °C.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language. Mandinka and Wolof are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+0

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 4 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM


HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: February 18th
May Day: May 1st
Revolution Day: July 22nd
Christmas: December 25th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Milad-un-Nabi

CURRENCY

Gambian dalasi

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 17
Medical: 16
Fire: 18

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