An African adventure awaits visitors to colourful Gambia. Teaming with wildlife, this destination also boasts beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, culture and history. The range of attractions means that every type of holidaymaker will be kept entertained and, as it resides in the same time zone as the UK, you can avoid jet lag in this tropical getaway.
Whether you want to lounge on a hammock among swaying palm trees, see crocodiles in their natural habitat or explore local museums, Gambia has something for everyone.
Animal lovers will be blown away by the variety of wildlife in Gambia. A number of nature reserves, such as Abuko, offer a diverse range of wildlife including monkeys, bush babies, Nile crocodiles and pythons, as well as being a great spot for bird watching. The rainforest nature reserve of Bijilo Forest Park is another option, as is the wilderness of Tanbi Wetland Reserve.
Kachikally Crocodile Pool is a popular tourist attraction where you will be able to see the toothy creatures in their natural habitat, with locals believing that the pool has sacred fertility and healing powers. The attraction also has a museum where you can learn all about its history. A more original way to see wildlife could be by taking a river cruise along the River Gambia. If you're lucky you may be able to see hippos and chimpanzees.
If relaxation is your main priority on holiday, there are a number of alluring beaches where you will be able to top up you tan. Bakau, Bijilo, Sanyang, Banjul, Kololi and Kotu are just a few of these tempting sandy stretches where you'll be able to lie back with a cool drink with nothing to disturb you but the dreamy sound of waves lapping.
Those looking to indulge in history will also find plenty to get their teeth into in Gambia. You could go and view cultural artefacts in the National Museum in Banjul, or pay a visit to the African Living Art Centre in Bakau. Or you may want to visit the Wassu Stone Circles, which are supposed burial sites from thousands of years ago.
No matter what you want out of your holiday, Gambia is sure to have it.
Flights to Gambia are straightforward and relatively quick. Find out the best way for you to get there.
Direct flights to Gambia take around six hours from the UK, and you will fly into the small Banjul International Airport. Charter flights from London Gatwick are one option, and Thomas Cook also flies from Birmingham, Manchester and Gatwick.