Holiday Beach Club

The hotel is situated on the beautiful Kololi beach, in the tiny West African republic of the Gambia. It's an ideal place to experience the best of African culture, with plenty to tempt you within the hotel itself and a range of exciting and fascinating attractions for those who care to spread their wings further.

Getting there and travelling around the area

Gambia is less than a six hour flight from the UK. Banjul is the capital city and the airport is 25 km outside the centre. Transfer to the Holiday Beach Club is included in package holiday deals. Car rental is available both at the airport and locally to the Holiday Beach club. It's worth noting that driving standards here are unpredictable and after dark extra care needs to be taken because of poor road lighting.

Gambian culture

Because it used to be a British colony, English is widely spoken here, although there are also a number of different tribal languages. The people are renowned for their friendly nature and the country remains largely uncommercialised and unspoilt. Crowded beaches are never a problem and the weather is hot all year round, with temperatures never dipping below 30C.

Things to do and see

There's a good deal to keep guests entertained within the Holiday Beach Club which has a large fresh water swimming pool at its centre, surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Complementary sun loungers and parasols are provided and games such as water volleyball and basketball are played daily by the more energetic guests. There's also table tennis, chess, scrabble and Bingo to keep you busy. The hotel has direct access to Kololi beach where you can relax in true style. And, no guest can fail to be charmed by the friendly monkeys who share the hotel complex. It's safe to feed and pet them.

There are also a number of excursions which are well worth undertaking. Gambia is a birdwatcher's paradise with more than 540 different species to see. The dry season runs from the middle of October until early June and is the best time to spot European migrant birds. It's also the main tourist season which means there are regular, well-priced flights. During the wet season, between mid-June and early October, it becomes more hot and humid, making this the best time for seeing the spectacular flowering plants, along with amphibians and reptiles.

Abuko Nature Reserve

Covering only one square kilometre, this is Africa's smallest game reserve, but it has a great deal to offer visitors. Living amongst the lush vegetation are Nile crocodiles, hundreds of Callithrix monkeys, antelopes, lizards and a range of stunning tropical birds.

Tumani Tenda

This is an eco-tourism venture run by locals in a nearby village. It's situated 25km east of Brikama and if you make the journey here you will be rewarded by some fabulous wildlife. There are rare brown-necked parrots as well as porcupines and bushbuck antelopes. If you are extremely lucky you might spot a huge manatee in one of the creeks.

Gambia River boat trips

Short trips can be arranged through the hotel and are recommended during the early morning or in the late afternoon. Explore the mangrove creeks of the Tanbi wetlands not far from the capital city of Banjul. Dugout canoes are available for the more adventurous, or you can opt for a larger cruise-type boat.

Jinack Island

This is part of the Nuimi National Park on the north bank of the River Gambia. It's a fabulous place to really unwind, with 11km of golden beaches. There's the chance to see osprey, sanderling and perhaps even some Atlantic humpback dolphins. Further inland is especially good for birdwatching and with luck you may even see a hyena, warthog or leopard, all of which make this their habitat.

Banjul

Head to the capital city for a truly authentic eating experience in one of the vast number of cafes and restaurants. Albert Market is worth a visit to hunt for souvenirs and gifts such as wooden carvings, brightly coloured clothing and hand-made jewellery.

Nightlife

There's a good deal on offer at the Holiday Beach Club itself. On Saturdays, a Gambian Feast is held, followed by a spectacular dance performance accompanied by traditional drumming. On Fridays, guests can compete for a prize at the popular Karaoke night. The hotel has four restaurants offering various cuisines. The hotel complex is also conveniently located close to the Senegambia strip, where there are many bars and restaurants.

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