Publication Date: 08th Jan 2024
The Gambia travel guide – expert travel advice including Banjul highlights, hotels and resorts, restaurants, River Gambia, national parks, reserves, birdwatching. This 3rd edition features suggested itineraries, wildlife tracking, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, culture, Niumi, Juffureh, James Island and beaches plus short excursions to Senegal.
About this book
Co-authored by regional expert Sean Connolly and Philip Briggs, the world’s foremost guidebook writer on Africa, this third edition of Bradt’s The Gambia remains the most comprehensive guide available to mainland Africa’s smallest country. This new edition integrates recent developments, from recently opened restaurants and hotels to the new roads and bridges that make circumnavigating the country easier than ever. The guide provides detailed coverage of ecolodges and camps, information on festivals, music workshops and opportunities to experience local culture, plus advice about birdwatching possibilities in a country popular with first-time birders to Africa. As well as encompassing popular coastal resorts, the guide provides information required to explore the relatively undeveloped interior and proposes excursions into neighbouring Senegal, making it ideal for visitors on organised holidays and independent travellers alike.
Bradt’s The Gambia reveals all the practical information needed to explore arguably Africa’s most welcoming and safest country (not for nothing is it nicknamed the ‘Smiling Coast’) with its plethora of beach resorts, catering to all tastes and budgets, that line the 80km stretch of tropical coastline running from the capital Banjul to the remote southern border. Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia offers perhaps the closest English-speaking ‘winter sun’ destination from Europe.
Justifiably popular with birdwatchers, the lush mangrove- and jungle-fringed River Gambia is also home to crocodiles, hippos, rehabilitated chimpanzees and various monkeys. The Gambia offers rich heritage tourism for moderately adventurous travellers, from the mysterious megalithic stone circles at Wassu and Ker Batch to fortified James Island and the former slave-trading village of Juffureh – the heart of novelist Alex Haley’s Roots country and part of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And why not enhance your visit further by experiencing colourful local markets, witnessing Kankuran and Kumpo spirit masquerades or joining a kayak cruise from the sleepy river port of Janjanbureh, or paying homage to The Gambia’s inspiring journey towards democracy and reconciliation at Memory House?
All in all, Bradt’s The Gambia is the perfect companion for discovering this safe, welcoming and tourist-friendly English-speaking country which provides an ideal short-stay introduction to Africa’s unique atmosphere.
About the Author
Sean Connolly (Instagram: @shanboqol) first travelled to Africa as a student in 2008 and returns to the continent whenever possible to research, teach or simply soak up the ambiance in Africa’s countless little-visited corners. He’s been poring over maps since before he could read them and working with Bradt since 2011. Along with authoring two editions of Bradt’s guidebook to Senegal, he has also updated or contributed to Bradt guides to Somaliland, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Uruguay, Sierra Leone, Gabon, two editions of Rwanda, and São Tomé & Príncipe. He first visited The Gambia when researching in Senegal and was thrilled to explore it extensively to update this third edition of Bradt’s guidebook. When he’s not working on guidebooks, leading tours or discussing the many merits of camel meat, you’ll find him seeking out a country’s funkiest records or clacking away at a desk in Copenhagen.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Chapter 1 Background Information
Facts and figures, A historical background, Economy and infrastructure, People and culture, Sports and games, Language, Religion, Education
Chapter 2 Natural History
Geology and geography, Habitats, The wildlife
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Tourist information and tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Safety and hassles, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Media and communications, Interacting with Gambians
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Common medical problems, Other safety concerns
Part 2 GREATER BANJUL AND KOLOLI
Greater Banjul and Kololi: An Overview Highlights, Getting around, Other practicalities
Chapter 5 Central Banjul
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Security, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Bakau and Cape Point
History, Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 7 Serekunda, Fajara and Kairaba Avenue
History, Orientation, Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 8 Kotu and Palma Rima
Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 9 Kololi and Environs
Northern Kololi, The ‘Senegambia’ Strip, Bijilo and Sukuta
Part 3 THE COASTAL BELT
The Coastal Belt: An Overview Highlights, Getting around, Other practicalities
Chapter 10 Brufut, Tanji and Surrounds
Brufut, Tanji Bird Reserve, Tanji and around
Chapter 11 South to Kartong
Sanyang, Gunjur and Madina Salaam, Kartong and surrounds
Chapter 12 Inland to Brikama and Pirang
Abuko Livestock Market, Abuko Nature Reserve, Lamin, Yundum, Brikama, Pirang and Faraba Banta
Chapter 13 Niumi and the North Coast
Barra and surrounds, Albreda, Juffureh and surrounds, Niumi National Park
PART 4 UPRIVER GAMBIA
Upriver Gambia: An Overview Highlights, Getting around, Other practicalities
Chapter 14 Inland to Soma and Farafenni
The road east to Kalagi, Tendaba, Kiang West and Bao Bolong, Soma and surrounds, Farafenni
Chapter 15 Janjanbureh and Central River Division
The South Bank from Soma to Janjanbureh, The North Bank from Farafenni to Janjanbureh, River Gambia National Park, Janjanbureh and surrounds, Bansang
Chapter 16 Basse and Upper River Division
Getting there and away, Orientation, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, Activities and excursions