Banjul Population: 1.5 million
Local Time: GMT Flight Time from U.K. to Banjul: 6hrs
Currency: Gambian dalasi(GMD) – can be bought in the UK, but you get a better exchange rate in the Gambia.
Health: Get anti-malarial medication from your doctor. The risk of contracting malaria is very real.
Yellow Fever is a monkey disease which can be spread by mosquitoes to humans, so it is advisable to get this jab. You will receive a yellow fever certificate which lasts for ten years.
Visa Requirement: Not required
Religion: 90% of the population is Muslim
Economy: This is made up mostly from agriculture and tourism. Groundnuts (in the form of nuts, oil and cattle cake) account for 90% of total export. Fishing and forestry also provide a living for the Gambians.
Do not expect to go on Safaris in the Gambia. There are no migrating wildebeest, giraffes or any of the large animals commonly associated with Africa. You can see a breathtaking variety of birdlife, in addition to monkey and lizards. Baboon and crocodile can also be seen and then far up the river, hippos.
They call the Gambia the Smiling Coast and there are lots of thing here to do and places to visit.