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The Gambia is Africa’s smallest country. It is wrapped around the Gambia River. When it is winter in North America and Europe the Gambia is the place to go for a relaxed winter break holiday. The Gambia has everything Africa has to offer, but has a more Caribbean-style vibe and is a perfect destination for first-time Africa visitors. The Gambia is more than just sun and surf. It has amazing eco-lodges and wildlife parks close to the coast and it is an utopia for bird lovers. Furthermore it has a a superb climate, friendly locals, colorful markets, and quiet beach resorts. Although you will not find the big five here, you will have the chance to encounter hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, monkeys and many birds. As Gambia can be quite overwhelming and has poor transportation to travel by yourself the help of a tour guide is recommended.
Below we have highlighted the best places to visit in the Gambia and provide you with some general travel advice. As transportation facilities are limited and some places can be quite overwhelming we recommend exploring the country with the help of a local tour guide.
Although The Gambia has a huge choice of restaurants to suit every palate, the best way to get to know a country is through its food. The Gambian cuisine is characterized by fish, rice, meat and they use quite some peanuts in various dishes. It is common to all gather around one bowl and eat together using your right hand.
Also try the freshly squeezed and mixed fruit juices that local vendors sell.
The best time to visit Gambia is between November to May and is a good time to visit the region. Gambia’s wet season lasts from June to October. These months experience hotter and more humid days. The average daytime temperature for the whole country is 32°C. In the evenings the temperature drops to around 16°C.
104 nationalities don’t need a visa for Gambia for stays of up to 90 days. For those needing one, visas are normally valid for one or three months.
Regarding vaccinations check your medical clinic. Yellow fever vaccine is required when you are coming from an infected area.