Palma Rima Hotel

The Palma Rima Hotel is well established and popular with visitors. It has entertainment and activities available during the day such as squash, table tennis, tennis and volleyball and has a large swimming pool and children's pool with sun terrace. As well as rooms within the main building there are also larger rooms set in round bungalows dotted around the gardens. The hotel has its own stage where live bands perform in the evenings as well as a bar and nightclub.

The Palma Rima Hotel is situated between the resorts of Kololi and Kotu in an area with many restaurants and bars within a short walking distance. The sandy beach is only a few hundred yards away with a good selection of beach bars, sun loungers and parasols. Less than a mile away from the hotel is Kotu Stream, a pretty area for walkers and cyclists. Bicycles are a great form of transport to use for getting around the immediate vicinity and taking in all the local sights and activities which are constantly taking place close to the tourist area of Senegambia. Plastic bottles can be seen tied around the tops of the palms with palm wine tappers collecting the fermented sap. The craft market in Senegambia is a good place to visit for local crafts such as batik clothes, jewellery, bags, honey and handmade shoes. Only two miles inland is Serrekunda, the largest town in Gambia, where real Gambian life can be experienced.

There are many fascinating trips available in Gambia. Boat trips in a dugout pirogue along the network of mangrove creeks will reward the visitor with views of birds and fish and the occasional Nile crocodile. Tourists can get away from it all by taking a bus or bush taxi to the Southern Kombos beaches between Kartong and Brufut, where there are miles of deserted beaches to enjoy. There are several wetland reserves worth a visit in the country including Bao Bolon, the largest protected area and probably the least visited with salt flats and marshland that are home to many birds. Gambia's heritage as a major West African slave trade centre can be learnt about on a cruise or pirogue trip to James Island. This 200 metre long rock and James Fort held many slaves before they were transported to the other side of the world and a visit to this place is a moving experience for everyone. There is an 18 hole golf course at Fajara where temporary membership is available, allowing tourists the chance to enjoy tennis, badminton, squash, billiards and the use of the swimming pool. Music is an important part of Gambian culture and drummers can be seen playing on the beach and in local bars. Night life focuses on music and there are many nightclubs around Senegambia and close to the Palma Rima Hotel where a variety of music is played. Beach bars serve delicious fresh seafood and local dishes with ground nuts, the leading export crop in the country.

There are regular flights from the UK to Gambia, flying to Banjul International Airport which is located only a short drive from the Palma Rima Hotel. Car hire is available and there are excellent regular transport links throughout the country, particularly in the coastal regions. Bush taxis are cheaper than tourist taxis and bike and moped hire are available close to the hotel.

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