The Wild Monkey Restaurant

The Restaurant

The Wild Monkey restaurant in the Serekunda area of the Gambia is a restaurant that serves up a variety of dishes including traditional African and also a wide range of International cuisine. Food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Wild Monkey also hosts alongside Gambian entertainment, here you can relax and enjoy the sounds of traditional African music from the Mamapara to the Djembe drums and there is even fire eating on some nights it is a lively and vibrant restaurant and perfect for those who want to sample the local nightlife in a more laid back kind of atmosphere.

Menu Overview:

There are a variety of soups served and you can choose from Tomato, chicken or vegetable soup. If you fancy some traditional western food then you could always opt for a beef burger or even a bacon omelette. For those of you who enjoy Oriental food The Wild Monkey serves up beef satay. With its proximity to the sea you would expect to find a wide range of seafood dishes and The Wild Monkey does not disappoint. If seafood is your thing then you can choose from prawns peri, seafood salads, fish in breadcrumbs or even Lobster Thermidor. For meat lovers there are steaks on offer and traditional Gambian stews and curries such as Chicken Domoda with peanut sauce and Bechanin Stew with rice.

The Area

The Wild Monkey can be found near the Kololi beach area of Serekunda in the Gambia. This area is the longest established tourist resort and if it is sun, sea and sand you are looking for you have come to the right place. You can stay in one of Kololi's low-rise hotels or if you are on a more modest budget, you can opt for one of the many guesthouses you will find in the area. The Kololi beach is in the Senegambia area, which is the absolute hub of the Gambian tourist industry. Peak season, when the area is at is busiest, runs from November to March and during these months the Senegambia area bustles with tourists, touts, vendors and taxi drivers.

Kololi Beach

The beach at Kololi is one of those picture perfect beaches, featuring long swathes of white sands and turquoise blue seas amazingly the beach is entirely man made. The locals enjoy the beach as much as the tourists and you can expect to see locals jogging, fishing or working out on the beach. Do expect to be approached by vendors regularly; sellers will try to sell you fresh fruit, juices, sarongs and sunglasses to name a few. The sea in this area can be unpredictable so it is best to take advice on when it is safe to swim.

Nightlife

The nightlife is the Kololi area around The Wild Monkey is very lively with an area known as 'The Strip' where the evening's festivities are mainly focused. There are lots of bars in this area that stay open until the early hours and plenty of places where you will be able to dance the night away if you like.

The Surrounding Area

Beyond the beach Kololi is famous for its small but abundant nature reserve called the 'Bijilo Forest Park', the area is small but densely populated by shrubs and palm trees. Here you may be lucky enough to see Red Colobus and Vervet monkeys you might also be able to spot some of the Gambia's many colourful birds as the Gambia is a favourite spot for keen bird watchers. There are lots of opportunities for shopping in Kololi and although some of the gift and souvenir shops are obviously tourist targeted, you can still find some great gifts for yourself or your friends and family if you search further afield. Lots of hand crafted jewellery, batiks, clothing and traditional hand made African wooden items are on offer. There is a craft market in the Senegambia area that is also a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs. If you venture further back in Kololi village you will also find the Kololi Village art gallery. Here there is a very interesting exhibition featuring the artwork and photography of local artists and photographers.

Getting Around

The area is small enough for you to get around on foot, although it is better to have a guide to escort you about. Tourist taxi's are relatively easy to find and work at fixed price rates.


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