Serrenkunda

Serrekunda is Gambia's largest town and is home to 15% of Gambia's population. It is situated in the northern Kombos region close to the capital city of Banjul, located in the heart of the resort area. Serrekunda is a lively town and is just 3km inland from the more well known resort of Bakau. The nearest beaches are a 10 minute drive away or a cycle ride of 20 minutes. Visitors staying in Serrekunda can enjoy the benefits of the wonderful coastal area with beach bars and restaurants as well as the genuine Gambian chop houses and cafes in the town. Kairaba Avenue links the town with Fajara and is lined with bars, restaurants and shops. The Avenue joins the Banjul-Brikam highway, making it a great central location for exploring the country. The covered market is a wonderfully energetic maze of workshops and stalls and it is recommended that visitors take a guide in order to gain advice on prices and the best places to find bargains. There is a famous batik factory in the town offering drums, carvings and tie-dyed fabrics.

This is a great place for experiencing the local night life and is home to one of the most well known clubs in the country. 'Jokor' is a club that offers live African, Caribbean and European music and visitors can dance beneath the stars in a garden where twinkling fairy lights are draped from the trees. Nightlife in Serrekunda usually begins around midnight and keeps going until around 5am. Local restaurants serve real Gambian food and in the afra cafes visitors can buy grilled meat that is seasoned and cooked in a furnace and wrapped in paper to take away. Nearby Bakau has a great African atmosphere at night. There are organised tours of Gambia by night, where visitors can enjoy a crawl of the local bars and clubs and enjoy live music. Fajara and Kairaba Avenue are home to the most upmarket eateries including some boutique restaurants. In Kotu visitors can enjoy the beach bars, juice bars and fruit stalls, while in the Palma Rima area of Kololi, there is a complex of restaurants and bars which surround a fountained courtyard and include a jazz club, beach bars and an English pub. In the Senegambia area of Kololi there are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants available with a variety of international food being served. Kololi Village offers the visitor a chance to get away from the tourist atmosphere, with an interesting mixture of clubs and restaurants.

There is plenty to see and do within easy reach of Serrekunda. Katchikali Sacred Crocodile Pool houses several Nile crocodiles, Gambia's most common species. Although they are often spotted along the banks of the River Gambia, they prefer to inhabit freshwater pools and are associated with fertility. Cape Point is home to the Botanical Garden, a beautiful area close to a cliff top and with prehistoric Cycads and beautiful Teak trees. This green space is a great place to relax and spot some unusual birds such as Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu, Senegal Fire Finches, Bronze Mannikins and Bulbuls. Bijilo Forest Park is well worth a visit and visitors can enjoy a nature trail to view the Rhun Palms, Red Colobus and Vervet Monkeys, large Monitor Lizards and many birds. Serrekunda is famous for its wrestling matches which are usually held on a Sunday. With so many places to visit in Gambia the visitor is spoilt for choice. The Wassu Stone Circles date back to between 400AD and 1000AD and are associated with burials, as well as many legends and local stories. Fort James Island is a popular destination for visitors and was a defence point, built on the island in 1650. It became a place where slaves were held before being shipped overseas.

Serrekunda is only 13km from Banjul Airport and easily accessible via the coastal highway which leads to the major resort areas. The city of Banjul is 7km away. Transport links make it easy to travel around the area. Tourist taxis are available and bush taxis are a cheaper option. Serrekunda is the hub for bush taxis and it is here that there is a big bush taxi garage just north of the market. Minibuses also run between Banjul and Serrekunda. Car rental is available at the airport as well as in Serrekunda. Bicycles can be hired from outside the majority of hotels, allowing the visitor the freedom to explore the local beaches and villages as well as the bush tracks along the northern banks of the River Gambia.


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