Gambia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Gambia

Where is it?: Gambia lies in western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by Senegal.

Why do people go here?: Travelers come to Gambia to explore the Gambia River, with it’s beautiful villages and its diverse bird life. This is another European packaged tourist destination.

What are the main entry points?: During the tourist season, there are regular flights into Banjul from various European countries. You can also fly into, and enter from Senegal.

Currency used: Dalasi

Country Code for Phones: 220

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.

Religion: Muslim 90%, Christian 9%, Animist 1%

Population: 1.7 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Malinke 42%, Fulani 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%

Government: Multiparty Democratic

Languages: English, Malinke, Wolof, Fula, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Serekunda, Banjul

Attractions: Atlantic Coast Resorts, Abuko Nature Reserve, Wassu Stone Circles

Accommodation: Gambia Hostels, Gambia Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Gambia Tourism Authority Bakau, Kololi, K.M.C., The Gambia; Tel: (+220) 446 2491 / 3 /4; Fax: (+220) 446 2487; E-mail:

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Gunjur, Kiang West National Park

Health Issues: Malaria, Hepatitis, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The ideal time to go to Gambia is anytime between November and February.

Common Phrases: The Gambia is an English speaking country

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: February 18

Getting Around: Minibuses and bus run the length of the country

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Gambia is the Banjul Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Gambia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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04 May 2010

As Banjul is a small city you can explore it without traveling. So just walk around and experience this city. You can also hire a tourist taxi and explore the city. Local taxis and buses are also available. Also explore the north bank by taking a river ferry to Barra from the port. Top beaches that are located at Cape Point, Kotu and Kololi lies at a distance of 15 to 25 minutes away the road. Enjoy few activities here like getting chilled on the sand, try swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy having fresh fruit cocktails. After this do not miss to explore the south where you will get attractive beaches close to Gunjar, Sayang and also at kartong. You should also explore the James Island and Juffureh where you can enjoy sightseeing as well as enjoy the birdwatching areas like Abuko, Tanbi Wetlands and Makasutu Culture Forest.