Gambia Travel Guide: 61 tips from hotels to restaurants and things to do

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The ultimate Gambia Travel Guide with all you need to know

Are you looking for a destination to enjoy the Wintersun where you can enjoy the warm weather all year long, has great beaches and where you’re surrounded by palm trees?

In that case, Gambia; The Smiling Coast of Africa is definitely a country you’ll want to visit. And the fun part is that you get the hospitality of the locals as a bonus, and get the opportunity to meet new, special cultures, traditions and eating habits. I went to the Gambia to make this  Gambia Travel Guide and I’ve got to say that this country stole my heart and I’m sure I’ll go back someday.

The Gambia is a country that has a lot to offer. Besides the fact you can enjoy your resort the entire day with a smile on your face, there are lots of fun things to do when you’re done with lazing with a cocktail in your hand.

Go on a boat ride through the mangrove forests, visit the heart of Gambia; the Tanji Fish Market en educates yourself on the slavery that played a large part in the Gambia and continues with the Kunta Kinte boat trip.

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Tip: If you haven’t traveled outside of Europe a lot, I would recommend you to always take a local guide with you. They know the areas like no one else and they can inform you with all sorts of inside facts about the country and the habits. Most of the excursions are easily booked via your hotel.

In this Gambia Travel Guide, I’ve collected over 61 tips for everyone who’s thinking about traveling to the Gambia. Enjoy!

Tip: If you haven’t traveled outside of Europe a lot, I would recommend you to always take a local guide with you. They know the areas like no one else and they can inform you with all sorts of inside facts about the country and the habits. Most of the excursions are easily booked via your hotel.

In this Gambia Travel Guide, I’ve collected over 61 tips for everyone who’s thinking about traveling to the Gambia. Enjoy!

28 X good and fun to know about the Gambia

The Gambia is a small country with around 1,8 million inhabitants. That’s about three times as small as The Netherlands and everyone knows each other. Does your mother doesn’t know his mother? Then you can be sure that his mother knows your father or his mother knows your mother.

Malaria mosquitos are present in the Gambia. But they’re most active in the rainy season (August) and then most of the times only when the sun sets.

Use anti-mosquito spray DEET preferably throughout the entire year, but especially during those months, leave the air conditioning on and wear clothes with long sleeves during the night. If you’re actually receptive to malaria also has to do with your resistance. The choice to take pills for malaria is all yours.

Don’t be scared if they’re a cow all of a sudden behind you on the beach, this is perfectly normal here!

Are you going back to The Netherlands? Make sure to shake hands with left, this means you’ll see each other again someday. Fun!

Want to know more about the Gambia? Read the blog below with 28 facts in this Gambia Travel Guide!

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16 x fun to do in the Gambia

The Gambia is three times as small as The Netherlands and yet you can see, do or experience something different here every day for months. I’ve lined up the best things to do in the Gambia for you, even though there are many more…

Tanji Fish Market: One of my favorite things to do in the Gambia is wandering around on the Tanji Fish Market. You really get to taste the authentic Gambia here.

It’s the market in the Gambia where it all happens. Aplenty of people, scents, colors, noises and countless other stimulations come together here. My tip: sit down somewhere for about fifteen minutes and absorb everything, look around you and observe. Let down your camera and enjoy the organized chaos here and ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa‘.

Senegambia strip: Want to dive into the nightlife of Gambia? Go to the Senegambia Strip and first eat a bite at one of the good restaurants, enjoy the live performances and visit a café or even a club afterward. It’s the place where locals are more than willing to go out for a dance!

Kunta Kinteh Beach: One of the nicest spots in the Gambia to have dinner, to relax and to make a walk on the beach is Kunta Kinteh Beach. A resort with a restaurant, some wonderful lounge beds and a beach with palm trees that instantly gives you that tropical feeling. Not only is the food here delicious, the vibe here is even better!

More tips? Then quickly read further below.

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8 X delicious food and drinks in the Gambia

Believe it or not, you can have some delicious food in the Gambia! I’ve fallen in love with the Gambian cuisine by now and I would do anything to taste the domoda (rice with peanut sauce) again (on the beach that is, of course ;-)). From rice with chicken to sweet snacks like wonjo and baobab, these dishes, snacks, and drinks are something you’ll definitely want to try in the Gambia.

Domoda: My favorite dish from the Gambia is without a doubt Domoda from the Mandinka tribe. A rice dish with peanuts as the basic ingredient, tomatoes, chicken or beef. Or rice with peanut sauce as you may, but way tastier than we know it ;-). Honestly, I’ve eaten it every day and I can’t wait to order it the next time!

Pancakes: When you order coffee, that contains a fair amount of sugar cubes, by the way, you’ll get pancakes. And no, those are not the pancakes that we know. They’re deep-fried, crispy balls with a fluffy inside that you’ll can’t get enough of. Like a Dutch Doughnut! Made out of milk, wheat flour, coconut powder and strawberry powder that gives it a hint of strawberry taste. They’re even more delicious with honey or mango puree, to really give into that sugar rush. Ask the locals if you can taste one, these are (probably) more fresh, crispier and tastier than the ones in your hotel.

More culinary tasting in the Gambia? Read the blog below with 8 dishes, snacks and drinks you don’t want to miss on your vacation.

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GAMBIA TRAVEL TIPS

This is how you get there: Tui and Corendon fly every other day directly from Amsterdam, or with a short stop in Senegal, to the Gambia. Did you know that the flight takes just about 6 hours and when it’s winter in our country, it’s summer over there? This really makes it the perfect destination for a sunny winter!

 

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RENÉE…visited the Gambia from the 18-22 March 2017. GT BOARD press trip.

 

 

 

 

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