The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, with an area of 11,300 km2, landlocked in Senegal, created around the eponymous river. The Gambia is a landlocked country in West Africa, the smallest country in continental Africa. It stretches on both sides of the Gambia River, over nearly 450 km and has a population of 2,500 million inhabitants. At the beginning of the 14th century, most of what is now known as The Gambia was part of the Empire of Mali. The Portuguese reached this region by sea in the mid 15th century and began to dominate foreign trade in Gambia.
It is here where the river meanders through the mangrove swamps and dense forest before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean at its mouth, making this country a paradise for birdwatchers and ecotourism enthusiasts. If the capital Banjul is an administrative centre without tourist interest.
The oceanic coast is the most coveted by tourists who stroll along its splendid beaches as vast, wild and deserted as a real postcard. While the beaches of Senegambia are the most frequented by tourists, as we travel south along the coast, we will find some very beautiful and also wild beaches. We will list such as: the villages of Kartong, Gunjur and Sanyang, with beaches also frequented by zebus, which give a magnificent scene.
The Abuko Nature Reserve. These encounters continue to the beachfront where a botanical garden and the Kachikaly Crocodile Basin are located in the heart of Atlantic Coast Resorts. A perfect place to enjoy water sports and a seaside holiday along the Gambia beach. A country which, thanks to its size, allows you to observe wild animals in a short period of time and to come into contact with a population with deep-rooted traditions.
This visit is often proposed during a cruise which also leads to the discovery of Albreda & Juffureh in Albreda, a large peanut trading centre.
Other much older remains are the prehistoric stone circles at Wassu and Kerr Batch. Dating from between the 3rd century BC and the 16th century, these megalithic sites contain Romlechs, each containing a dozen pillars measuring between 4 and 6 metres in diameter.
The wild jungle of Makasutu Culture Forest offers a flora and fauna that will delight lovers of Mother Nature. This palm tree forest on the Gambia River is surrounded by different ecosystems, such as mangrove, savannah and dense forest. It is home to a variety of African and European birds. There is also the opportunity to observe baboons. Wildlife observation is an integral part of a trip to The Gambia. Among the activities not to be missed is sailing in the mangroves of the Tanji swamps.
You can go to the town of Jan Bureh on an island, which was once a slave port and an important trading centre. Close to this town are the impressive megalithic stone circles of Wassu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally still around Jan Bureh is the magnificent River Gambia National Park, where you can observe chimpanzees on islands in the river. Magical!La Gambie et sa capitale Banjul
Banjul: It is a port city located on Saint Mary’s Island.
Originally called Bathurst after the Secretary of State for the British Colonies, Banjul is the seat of government for the country. With its bustling port, rich history, colonial architecture and urban market, there is much to love about the town.
Enjoy the travelling merchants from Senegal and Guinea and the traders crammed into the former colonial commercial dwellings, creating a chaotic dynamism in the shopping district.