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The Gambia can be difficult to spot on a map – you may need to squint to see it. This tiny sliver of a country on Africa's western coast is contained entirely within Senegal, but has its own narrow coastline of only 80km (50 miles).
Commonly referred to as “The Smiling Coast”, Gambians are among the friendliest people you're likely to encounter. Moreover, with a mere six-hour flight from London and barely any time difference, the country is a popular holiday destination all year round.
With over 550 species of birds, The Gambia has become a haven for twitchers and holiday birdwatching – everything from exotic and coastal birds to raptors dominate the skies. Although there is no big game, wildlife in The Gambia is still diverse and thrives in such places as the Abuko Nature Reserve, Bijilo National Park, Kachikally Crocodile Pond, and the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project. Visiting any one of these places will give you an excellent opportunity to spot some quite exotic wildlife.
From airport lounges and free upgrades to pre-booked taxis, these little holiday luxuries can make a big difference to your trip, without costing a fortune.Read moreabout How to grab luxury holiday extras for less
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