Gambia Overview Banjul Reviews
Gambia in General Feb 08, 2016
Prachtig land. Zeer aardige mensen. Er is genoeg te zien en te beleven. Typisch Afrikaans. In Gambia is het groot wild beperkt tot Nijlpaarden. Maar uiteraard wel apen vogels ed. Heb geheel geen last gehad van criminaliteit. Ook op de drukste markt van Serrekunda kun je vrij rondlopen en genieten van het land en de mensen. Verder is het prachtig weer in Januari mooie stranden en lekker eten. Gambiaans eten is eenvoudig tw rijst met vlees of vis en lekkere sauzen. Maar je kunt ook van een internationale keuken genieten.
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Banjul, Gambia Mar 18, 2011
Stayed at Atlantic hotel full board. It was a really nice 4 star hotel right on the beach front. Fantastic staff, very friendly. Mainly British tourist but good all round.
Banjul is a safe and extremely friendly country, was out every night partying hard on the strip.
Did the trip to Senegal next country for £30, it was a beautiful and humbling experience.
Go Gambia and have a fab time!
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Nov 06, 2007
Capital City: 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.
The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, situated on the west coast, surrounded on three sides by the Republic of Senegal. It is mostly flat, and it is dominated by the majestic River Gambia from which it takes its name. A former British Colony, it became independent in 1965. The official language is English, but there are several tribal languages including Mandinka, Wolof, Fula and Jola. Mandinkas make up the largest proportion of the Gambian population. Educated in English, most Gambians are at least bi-lingual and a lot are multi-lingual. They are also very friendly and life is taken at a very relaxed pace. We thought GMT meant Greenwich Meantime, but out there it means ‘Gambian Maybe Time.’
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.
REASONS TO GO
Fantastic Winter sun: It is over 30C every month.
Best time to go: November to March. The climate is dry and cool. June to October is the rainy season.
Under 6 hrs flying time: Same time zone as U.K., no jet lag – be by the pool late afternoon.
Wonderful sandy beaches: Friendly people and exotic culture:
River, bush and beach excursions: Value for money:
Spectacular bird life: More than 560 species have been recorded here – amazing given the country’s relatively small size.
Good buys: Wooden carvings, beaded jewellery, batik and tie-dyed fabrics, and traditional ‘Djembe drums.
Be prepared for the culture shock. There is poverty and begging but also genuine hospitality. Unofficial guides, known as bumsters, can be persistent to the point of nuisance. There are official guides who you can use at fixed price. Most taxi hotels have a taxi rank near by. It is best to agree a price in advance and there should be a price board displaying the tariffs. Public transport is by bush taxi, there are no buses and no railway system. Bush taxis cover the main routes and some bush roads, but do not run to schedule. They are cheap and very over-crowded with both people and animals but are a great way of absorbing the local flavour.
Beaches in the Gambia are affected by ongoing erosion caused by sea tides. Check the area where you are going to, just to make sure there is no repair work happening on the beach.
The Atlantic coast has strong currents. You must take notice of ‘no swimming signs’ it is not always possible to swim in the sea.
Credit cards are not widely accepted and when they are charges may be high. It is recommended to take travellers cheques.
Bargaining is the name of the game. Expect to reduce the price of anything from 25% to 50%.
The big towns, Serrekunda and Banjul are definitely worth visiting, but be prepared for a typically hectic African city experience.
Most hotels have an informal dress code. The majority of Gambians are Muslim so if you go out of the hotel dress modestly.
Evenings and morning can usually be cool, so a jumper maybe useful.
There are many superstitions and taboos in the Gambia. Many Gambians of all ages wear amulets, commonly called jujus. These are said to protect the wearer from evil spirits.