Winter Sunshine in The Gambia

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Joanna Baker under gambia weather

There’s not many places in the world where you can travel to during our winter and get temperatures around 31-34*. the Gambia is a fantastic Winter sun destination and it is quickly becoming one of the best selling destinations for this reason alone. This and the fact it is a beautiful coastline, bathed in tropical sun, lush landscapes, wonderful friendly locals and offer excellent value for money as well as some of the most luxurious properties in Africa.

Only six hours flying time from the UK and now served from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, accessing the Gambia is becoming easier and easier, and  you can pick anything from a 3 night break up to a long stay of 3 months, the choice is yours.

The beaches in The Gambia are second to none, they are uncrowded and gently shelving into crystal clear waters.  Kotu Beach is very popular, as is Kololi, with their lush tropical palm tree lined beaches, locals selling their wares and selection of beach shacks selling snacks and refreshments.  You will also experience a small selection of water sports on these beaches, but the general rule of thumb in peace and relaxation.

Eating out in The Gambia is a lovely experience, there is a wide range of restaurants with choices of European, Thai, Lebanese, Indian and of course the local Gambian selection.  Fresh fish and locally produced vegetables are a popular choice on menus, but as we say the choice is huge so you will find something for everyone, regardless of budget or taste.

Kololi beach is the liveliest of the resorts, with extensive selection of bars, restaurants and even a couple of nightclubs.  The hotels in Kololi are also a very high standard, for example, The Senagambia Hotel offers an excellent beach front location, perfect for couples and groups looking to kick back throughout the day and party til late at night.

For a more un-commercialised resort, take a look at Kotu or Cape point, where the atmosphere is very relaxed, and days spent relaxing around the pool or on one of the wonderful beaches and night spent being wined and dined in one of the quiet restaurants and handful of bars and beach cafés.

There are many sights to see whilst in The Gambia, with its extensive wildlife and bird life and animal reserves.  The river Gambia runs from the coast to Senegal and also offers some fantastic fresh and sea water fishing opportunities, but he most visited destination in The Gambia has got to be The Kachikally crocodile pool in Bakau, experiencing real live crocs close up. Another popular excursion is travelling in a 4 wheeled drive Jeep through the African bush, visiting local villages and meeting the locals or maybe you would prefer to laze away your day on the lazy day cruise, anchoring in some of Africa’s most secluded spots, ideal for fishing or sunbathing.  And last but not least, everyone travelling to Africa should try to fit in a safari, travel to Fathala Nature reserve and watch the wildlife such as giraffe, rhino’s, antelope, zebra and buffalo in the natural surroundings, purely breathtaking.

So for a touch of luxury in a beautiful country, originally a British colony, making communicating easy, most people speak English, you need only try The Gambia for an unforgetable experience and a price that wont break the bank.


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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