The Rainbow Bar

'The Rainbow Bar' is a bar restaurant and guesthouse situated in Sanyang village. The restaurant offers a wide range of both traditional African and European dishes so there should be something on the menu to suit every taste preference. Food is generally very fresh, being locally sourced and includes lots of delicious fish and seafood plus local fresh fruits and vegetables. The location of the restaurant is by the beach and it is a great location for just simply soaking up the atmosphere. There is live entertainment daily between 2 and 4pm from local artists.


The Rainbow restaurant serves a wide range of both traditional Gambian dishes and also western food. There is usually a Gambian 'dish of the day' on offer for those who like to try out the local cuisine. Fish and seafood dishes are popular and it is caught locally so you can guarantee any seafood or fish dishes you choose will be fresh. You will also find traditional Gambian dishes such as Beneechin, Domodoa and Yassa. If you prefer you can order more traditional western food such as omelettes or freshly made sandwiches.


There are two different local artists who feature regularly at The Rainbow. A traditional African acrobatic group from the Fula people perform during the week, Monday to Friday from 2pm to 3pm. There is also a traditional Folklore group that performs on Sundays between 1pm and 3pm

The Bar

The bar at 'The Rainbow' is a relaxing place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. There is a Happy Hour every day between 5pm and 6pm when you are treated to live music. You can choose from local or imported beers and wines from around the world as well as other alcoholic drinks and soft drinks should you prefer.


Guesthouses at 'The Rainbow' are built in the Gambian round house tradition. All rooms are en-suite and maid service is provided. If you want breakfast it will cost you D100 per person. There is a choice of Spanish omelette or English breakfast. As it is close to the beach, 'The Rainbow Guesthouse' has a good selection of sun beds on the beach and these are free for patrons of the guesthouse to use. 'The Rainbow' also has its own generator and a reliable water system that runs for 24 hours a day. You can also prepare food and drinks in your room so there is no obligation to eat at 'The Rainbow' restaurant every night.

Things To Do

There are plenty of things to do in the area surrounding 'The Rainbow' if you get bored of all that sun, sea and sand. Just a short walk further along the beach you will find 'Mamma's Black and White Beach Bar' where you can learn traditional Gambian cooking. As part of your cooking lesson you will be preparing a local recipe and as you wait for it to cook, you can simply relax on the beach. Other things you can do include boat trips and fishing trips or excursion tours around Sanyang Village where 'The Rainbow Bar and Restaurant' is situated. The staff at 'The Rainbow' will be able to arrange a guided tour around the village for you either on foot or by taxi on this trip you get to see the local schools, market and the village shops. Between Sanyang and the airport is the busy town of Brikama, here you will find the local craft market. You can buy lots of traditional African woodcarvings here, art work from local painters, jewellery and traditional wooden African musical instruments.

Should you wish to travel further afield, you can arrange a trip to the 'Makasutu Culture Forest', which is a must for any lover of nature and the great outdoors. There is all kinds of flora and fauna to be seen here and the atmosphere is very peaceful and relaxing a good alternative to the beach. You can arrange to stay overnight at the nature reserve if you want to extend your stay a little. Alternatively you could organize a trip to the 'Gunjur Reptile Farm' where you see lizards and snakes living in their natural habitat. A guide takes you through the reptile farm and for those of you who are brave enough, there is even a chance to handle some of the animals if you so wish.

There are many excursions available to visitors, taking them inland on pirogues along the River Gambia, which is rich in wild life. James Island is a popular place to visit and was the holding place for slaves before they were shipped overseas. Many visitors wishing to experience a taste of real Gambia head inland to one of the many ecotourist bush camps which are located next to the river or use these locations as stop off points on the long journey to Senegal. Independent travellers can hire a car at Banjul Airport or via larger hotels. Bicycle hire is also available from many hotels and is a great form of transport for exploring the immediate vicinity and beaches. Taxis are inexpensive and readily available in all the resorts.

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