Why choose The Gambia??

Posted on March 31, 2012 by Joanna Baker under gambia holidays

 

Why choose Gambia

Gambia has always been a popular winter destination, let me tell you the reason’s why. Firstly, the weather in the winter time is superb, temperatures exceeding 30* from November to June. This is better known as the sunny season, the temperatures during day and night rarely fluctuate, and this is when there is a distinct lack of mosquitoes too, so a perfect time to travel. You can travel to Gambia during our summer too, however this is classed as the rainy season, it isn’t like a monsoon, however the rains come in heavy storms, this turns the countryside beautiful with flora and fauna and also attract the insects and butterflies, and some amazing wildlife.

Secondly, most of the beaches in the Gambia are fabulous, long stretches of soft golden sand, gently shelving into crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Kotu Beach, Bijilo, Cape Point and Banjul are particularly popular and perfect for young children or non swimmers. The south of Banjul, on Brufut also has wide expanses of sand, totally unspoilt and very scenic. With a wide range of hotels and restaurants near to the beach, you find that you never have far to walk. Totally unspoilt and un-commercialised, this is a perfect destination to travel to if you wish to experience a little piece of Africa.

Thirdly, there are many direct flights now from the UK, a short flight in comparison to others, only 6 hours. And you are met in Banjul Airport by wonderful, English speaking locals who will transport you to your choice of hotel. Because Gambia is outside of the Euro zone, value for money is excellent and make sure you pick up a bargain in one of the many markets and souvenir stalls.

And last but by no means least, Gambia has some amazing excursions, river, bush and beach excursions. For many travellers, relaxing around the pool or laying on the beach soaking up the sun is enough, but if you want more to do, there is certainly more to choose from. Fajara has its own 18 hole gold course, and many hotels including The Coco Ocean and The Sheraton have incredible spa facilities. You can take a boat trip up the River Gambia, taking in some amazing sights, wildlife and bird life, and fishing is a popular past time on the river too. Take a 4 wheel drive through the \African bush, spotting the monkeys and wildlife, take an lazy day cruise or do a home cooking course. There are many important historical sights too in the Gambia, a once British Colony, rich in slavery and historical battles, allows you to explore this wonderful destination and learn on your way.

Gambia is known as the smiling coast of Africa, its no wonder people return to Gambia over and over again, it really is a wonderful way to experience African life but still feel as though you are in civilisation.

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About Joanna Baker

23 years and counting which included 2 years YTS with Team Travel, 3 years in Crete as a rep for LTS/Sunworld. 11 years in Lincoln/TUI (6 years self-employed)

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