Gambia Holiday Guides
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Gambia Holiday Hotels

  • Ngala Lodge
  • Coconut Residence
  • Kololi Beach Club
  • The Kairaba Hotel
  • Hotel SeneGambia
  • Hotel Kombo Beach
  • Palma Rima Hotel
  • Badala Park Hotel
  • Bungalow Beach Hotel
  • Bakotu Hotel
  • Fransisco's
  • African Village Hotel
  • Sunwing Hotel
  • Cape Point Hotel
  • Atlantic Hotel
  • Bakau Guest House
  • Romana Hotel
  • Atlantic Guest House
  • Fajara Guest House
  • Malawi Guest House
  • Green Line Motel
  • Bantaba Hotel
  • Kantora Hotel

Gambia Holiday Guide

The Gambia is situated on West Africa’s Atlantic coast. The country consists of a thin ribbon of land, at no point wider than 50km (30 miles), running east-west on both banks of the River Gambia.

The Gambia is scenically varied, with sandy beaches, lush tropical forests, mangrove swamps, marshes and large areas of wooded savannah. The River Gambia, one of Africa’s great waterways, dominates the country.

Gambians are extremely friendly and welcoming and in general visitors should not be afraid to accept their hospitality, but should exercise common sense in their dealings with the persistent would-be guides, known locally as ‘bumsters’, who operate in some tourist areas.

Gambia Holiday Guide: A Brief History of The Gambia

The area around the River Gambia, known to the Carthaginians in the fifth century BC, subsequently became part of several successive African empires.

During the colonial period, several European powers contested for ownership of the river and the rich trade which it carried. Britain eventually gained control of the lowest reaches, establishing an enclave in the surrounding French territories of Senegal and a useful base from which to launch attacks on French trading settlements.

The Gambia was Britain’s first and last colony, being officially colonised in 1765 and gaining independence 200 years later in February 1965.

Gambia Holiday Guide: Where Is The Gambia?

The Gambia is bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on all other sides by Senegal. It is the smallest and most western mainland African nation.

The Gambia mainly consists of a low plateau, which decreases in height as it nears the Atlantic coast. The plain is bisected by the river and is broken in a few places by low flat-topped hills and by the river’s tributaries. In the west of the country, near the coast, the river banks are backed mainly by mangrove swamps, while in the inland area which extends from central Gambia to the eastern border the river has steep red ironstone banks covered with tropical forest.

Away from the river, the landscape consists of wooded, park-like savannah, with large areas covered by a variety of trees such as baobab, silk-cotton, mahogany and oil palm. On the coast, the river meets the Atlantic with impressive sand cliffs and 50km (30 miles) of beaches, the best of which are broad, palm-fringed and strewn with shells.

Gambia Holiday Guide: Life in The Gambia

Many Gambians are Muslim and their religious customs and beliefs should be respected by guests; however, most understand the English customs and language.

Visitors to the should remember that the right hand, not the left, must be used for the giving or receiving of food or objects.

Casual wear is suitable, although beachwear should only be worn on the beach or at the poolside. Only the most exclusive dining rooms encourage guests to dress for dinner.

Despite the effects of tourism, traditional culture in music, dancing and craftsmanship still flourishes in the many villages in up-country Gambia.

Travellers are advised not to photograph Banjul airport or military bases and to ask the permission of any locals if wishing to photograph them and their village.


Holidays in The Gambia

Map of Gambia
Gambia Travel & Tourism: Gambia is a world class tropical paradise & luxury tourist resort with five star holiday hotels, great night life, fantastic beaches, water sports, sports fishing, golf, etc
Gambia Tour Operators
Gambia Tour Guides: Arch Tours are Gambian owned & managed ground tour operators offering ethical site seeing tours, tourist trips, safaris, visits & excursions in The Gambia & Senegal.
Gambia River Excursions, Trips,  Cruises- Ste Seeing Tours,Tourist Boat Trips, Safaris
Gambia River Trips & Cruises: River excursions to James Island, Juffureh by river, Dolphin spotting tours, explore the Mangrove swamps of the River Gambia or travel up river to the Stone Circles
Gambia Holiday Guide - Things to see and do on holiday in Gambia
Gambia Holiday Guides: We bring the holiday maker or tourist in direct contact with the local Gambian people to experience their culture and sample their friendliness and hospitality
Ethical holidays, historical, cultural travel, tourist excursions in Gambia, West Africa
Eco Trips, Tours & Excursions: Eco tourism day trips, eco holiday tours, special interest ethical holidays, historical & cultural travel & tourist excursions in Gambia, Senegal and West Africa
Game reserves, bird watching, wildlife and  bush safaris in Gambia
Wildlife & Bird Watching Safari: We can arange local bird watching, wildlife & bush safaris to see crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, visit the game reserves at Abuko in Gambia or Senegal
Sea and River Fishing Holidays in Gambia
Sea & River Fishing Holidays:We arange ldeep sea and sports fishing expeditions off the coast of Gambia, creek fishing trips on the River Gambia for individuals, parties or groups

Gambia Holiday Guides

Arch Tours offer glimpses of sparkling sandy beaches, crocodiles and monkeys in rain forests. exotic flora and fauna, birdwatching, trekking nature trails, colonial architecture, historical forts and much more! If your sense of adventure lies somewhere between danger and delight, personal achievement and discovery, an adventure of a life time is waiting!

In addition to the main excursions on our programme, we have several special trips for the individual traveler and small groups. We are very flexible and we can help you design your own itinerary to suit your needs.

Once more I wish you a safe and smooth flight to the Gambia. No better way to see the Gambia than with a Real Gambian.

Abdul Raman Conteh CE0
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