If you are looking for new and interesting travel destinations, then a trip to the Gambia should be at the top of your list. The smallest country on the African mainland scores with warm weather, a total of 80 kilometers of golden sandy beaches and unspoiled nature. Although there are no Big 5 here, monkeys, crocodiles and hippos as well as a unique world of birds make the heart of every animal lover beat faster. You can find out what else to expect in Gambia here.
Authentic hustle and bustle in the Gambian markets
When you travel to Gambia you will experience the daily life of the local people. The best way to immerse yourself in the culture is to mingle with the hustle and bustle of one of the many markets. There is, for example, the market in Serekunda, where wheelbarrows full of bananas are driven past you and colorfully dressed women spread their harvest on a sheet in front of them. Those looking for an even bigger market will find the Royal Albert Market in the capital Banjul. You can buy all kinds of hand goods, clothing and cooking utensils here – everything you need for daily life.
The Tanji Bird Reserve is a conservation reserve for wild birds. With 300 species of birds, some vervet monkeys and various species of monkeys, there is a lot to see here. Birds can also be found in Niumi National Park, which stretches along the Atlantic coast of Barra. On a tour in an off-road vehicle, you can not only admire the fauna here, but also find numerous white beaches.
In the mouth of the Gambia River, on the other hand, you will encounter dolphins, which are often on the way to the uninhabited Dog Island. Those who prefer it more adventurous will get their money’s worth at the “Kachikally Crocodile Pool” in Bakau. Numerous crocodiles cavort in this pool and are worshiped by the Gambians. Some even dare to touch the dangerous animals.
A hidden cultural treasure
Are you interested in archeology and history? Then this insider tip should be just the thing for you. In the interior there are around 1250 year old stone circles made of laterite boulders. It is not certain whether these are graves or some other purpose behind the strange structures, but it is always interesting. Similar stone circles can also be found in Kerr Batch, Kau-ur and Nioro Kunda. By the way, the locals say that if you place a stone on the stone circles, you get a wish fulfilled.