Africa’s longest running chimp rehabilitation centre located in the River Gambia National Park.
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The tiny West African republic of The Gambia remains an astonishing bargain for travellers and hopefully this will continue as you will find many examples of fascinating African culture in the rural heart of the country, where the latest European fashions and music have little part to play in the daily life of the villages and you can find that true Gambia experience!
Top Reasons to Visit The Gambia
Cheap Flights Gambia: The Gambia is less than a 6 hour flight from London and with no time difference, so no jet lag when you arrive.
The Gambia Experience
Away from the very popular beaches and beach resorts of the Gambia, there is still so much for you to see and do in this wonderful African Country. Their national Parks and private reserves are well worth visiting and from personal experience, I can highly recommend a trip up the Gambia river:
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Having been on a holiday with Hidden Gambia, I can highly recommend one of their adventure holidays.
Why not spend a few days as I did relaxing on one of Gambia's best beaches and then go off the beaten track to explore up-river Gambia by boat and road. Here you will discover the rich variety of birds, wildlife and people that live along the river banks of this peaceful West African country. More information & To Book
The Gambia a former British colony is an English speaking country.
Weather in Gambia: A Gambia holiday makes an exciting destination all year round, with fantastic winter sun, over 30°C every month!
Stunning uncrowded beaches, as The Gambia remains unspoilt and uncommercialised. No fighting over your patch of sand here!
Gambia Excursions: Fishing in Gambia is excellent, the people of Gambia are friendly and you can take river, bush and beach excursions and it has spectacular bird life making a Gambia holiday great for birdwatchers. Highly recommended is a trip by boat up the Gambia River and if you do go on a boat safari on the river Gambia, did you know that The Gambia has Africa’s longest running chimpanzee rehabilitation centre which is located in the River Gambia National Park and is definitly worth visiting.
Volunteer Africa: Working vacations in the Gambia, If you have ever wanted to take some time out and help those less fortunate than yourself, but also have a great experience at the same time, check out some of our ideas on voulunteer work in the Gambia
Cheap holidays to the Gambia: Best of all on a whole, The Gambia is exceptional value for money!
Sunbeach Hotel Gambia
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The Sunbeach Resort is ideal for families, couples and anyone looking for a holiday away from it all. Spread throughout the spacious grounds, the hotel has a relaxing atmosphere and is located next to a small sandy beach set away from the resort, this is for those looking for a relaxing, tranquil setting with low key nightlife.
The rooms at the Sun Beach Hotel Gambia are arranged in single story buildings throughout the gardens and are of a good standard with mini-bar, hairdryer, TV, telephone, safe, air-conditioning and patio.
In the evenings entertainment is provided by the hotels own staff or visiting artists. There are two restaurants, the main restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner and the open air La Cucina offering Italian, seafood and international cuisine which can be served beside the pool or overlooking the beach. Within the Cape Point area there is a supermarket, craft market and a few restaurants within walking distance.
Abuko Nature Reserve
A Holiday in Gambia would never be complete without a trip to Abuko Nature Reserve. At only 1km², it is the smallest game reserve in Africa. This takes nothing away from it and it is a delightful place to visit. Amidst the lush vegetation you'll spy the nile crocodile, troops of callithrix monkeys, bushbuck antelope, lizards and beautiful birds.
To get the real taste of Africa and get the true Gambia experience, you have to travel inland. Tumani Tenda is an eco-tourism venture run by people from the nearby village. It is situated 25 km East of Brikama and 3 km from Kafatu, a tributary of the Gambia River. Most birdwatchers come to see the rare brown-necked parrots that frequent the area, but there's also a hide where you can see porcupines and bushbuck. There are manatees in these creeks, but you have to be very lucky to see one.
Jinack Island is part of Nuimi National Park which covers a huge area of the North Bank of the Gambia and joins together with the Sine-Saloum Park of Senegal.
It is a place to go to unwind. There are 11km of sandy beaches frequented only by the occasional osprey, flock of sanderling and the occasional pod of Atlantic humpback dolphins. The interior is really good for birdwatching, especially for European migrants during the winter months and if you are very luck you could spot a leopard, hyena or warthog.
Authentic Gambian Food
For an authentic eating experience head for the capital Banjul. Here there's a host of cafes and restaurants where you can sample – amongst other things - a typical Gambian stew. One delicious variety is domoda which is made from peanut butter. Banjul's Albert Market is also worth a visit. Here you'll find everything from wooden carvings and jewellery to rainbow coloured robes.
Health - Gambia Malaria
Gambia is a maleria area, consult your doctor before visiting. Read more about Malaria >>
When to go & Cheap Flights to Gambia
Mid-October to early June is the dry season and coincides with the main tourist season, and so flights to Gambia are cheaper and more regular and there is almost guaranteed sunshine. This is the best time to find the European migrant birds that visit The Gambia.
Between August and December wildlife is a lot easier to see during
the latter part of the dry season when the vegetation has died down.
This is also a great time of the year to spot Butterflies and dragonflies.
Mid-June to early October is the wet season, it is hot and humid and the best time for flowering plants, amphibians, reptiles and intra-African migrant birds such as cuckoos. The vegetation grows tall at the end of the season, so wildlife viewing can be difficult then.
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Cheap Airfares Gambia
With many flights to the Gambia from all over the UK and Europe, I have found the best way to check for the cheap deals is to search on websites that compare many different airlines.
Lastminute.com has some of the cheapest flights to the Gambia as well as some great deals on Gambia Holidays: (Links open new window)
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The Gambia Alternatives
Similar African Holiday destinations to The Gambia on the African continent include the ideal location for an African beach and Safari destination, Mombasa in Kenya, read this guide on diving holidays in Kenya and Family holidays in Kenya. Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania is also an excellent place if you want white sands, coconut trees and turquoise blue sea.
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