OYSTER WOMEN IN KARTONG

One of the oldest villages in The Gambia, Kartong is in the extreme south of the country tucked inland just beyond the reaches of the lapping waters of the Atlantic. Beyond Kartong there is only an immigration post, a small hamlet and fishing centre before the Halahein River and Casamance, in southern Senegal. Kartong is…

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Sand Dunes Mosque (Sacred), Gunjur

Kenye-kenye Jamango is a Mandinka term which literally translates as Sand Dune Mosque. This referred to a makeshift mosque located on the sand dunes overlooking Gunjur beach about 1km from the fishing centre. Mosque has a fascinating history and is visited by Muslims and scholars on pilgrimage from all over The Gambia and West Africa.…

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Folonko crocodile Pool

On the seaward edge of Kartong, near the dunes, is the Folonko crocodile pool, a murky green, lily-choked swamp in a deep grove; local representatives of Kartong’s Association for Responsible Tourism will guide you to the place. Home to a fair number of crocs, it’s an atmospheric and sacred place, similar to the Katchikaly pool…

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Wrestling tournaments

Wrestling is officially The Gambia’s national sport, but it’s been fading over the last decade with the universal growth of football fever. Though, some are keen to keep the sports alive therefore there are places where tournaments are held regularly.   Visitors are welcome at wrestling tournaments that are staged in various locations, and there’s…

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STONE CIRCLES

Stone circles are believed to mark graves and burial grounds of the past kings, chiefs and heads of important families. The stone circles are a symbol of an organized and fulfilling community lasted for centuries; these stone circles can be found mainly in Kerr Batch and Wassu. Also, they serve as historic sites, and they…

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Rural Gambia – East

Scenically, eastern Gambia conforms to a stereotypical European view of Africa – a thin scattering of picturesque villages with grass-thatched huts, fenced woven millet stalks or pickets of twisted branches, isolated in open countryside where sheep and cattle roam in search of pasture. Outside the villages, women bend over vegetable plots, pound grain under shade…

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BREAKING THE KOLA NUT

Ceremony such as marriage is a revered traditional and cultural event believed to be sacred and blissful. Marriage in general is an institution established by religion and powered by social, cultural and traditional norms. While modern marriage ceremony can take different forms, traditional marriage ceremony remains an intrinsic value in the African society – in…

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KUNTA KINTEH and ALBREDA/JUFFUREH

ALBREDA AND JUFFUREH These two villages lie so close to each other that it’s difficult for a visitor to tell where one ends and the other begins. Albreda is famous for its old trading post and slave factory, which is another name for a fortified trading post. Juffureh is famous because of Alex Haley’s 1970’s…

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GAMBIA WILDLIFE

A journey to Africa must include observing animal life. Although there are no “Big 5” in The Gambia, there are over 500 bird species and many other animals to be spotted, which makes it a heavenly destination for animal lovers. Animal and bird-life is extremely diverse and exotic. Wildlife of the Gambia is dictated by…

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GUNJUR VILLAGE MUSEUM

The Gunjur Village Museum Gambia is a privately funded project initiated by Mr. Lamin M Bojang who was born and bred in Gunjur village. The main aim of establishing this museum was to preserve and conserve the unique history, culture, tradition and natural heritage of The Gambia, especially that of Gunjur Village. This is why…

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INTERNET TREE AT LAMIN LODGE

INTERNET TREE Do you own a tour agency or have cars for rent? You can advertise it on an internet tree at Lamin lodge 🙂 Annual fees are negotiable. Lamin lodge is a fun place to visit. The restaurant has a small selection of meals available at affordable prices. You can have an interesting river boat trip…

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SENEGAMBIA CRAFT MARKET

Senegambia craft market is a place where you can find a good range of local crafts including quality batik clothing, jewellery and beads, handmade leather shoes and bags. Go shopping in a relaxed mood, be patient and take time for bargaining. Getting a good bargain at markets and souks can be an exciting part of…

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MUSIC AND DANCE

Music and dance colour every corner of daily life in The Gambia. Live performances, which often continue late into the night, are an unmissable introduction to Gambian social life at its most exuberant. But traditional music is far more than just entertainment; it’s the most valued and celebrated of the arts, used to spread news,…

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ACCOMMODATION IN THE GAMBIA 

There is a fantastic selection of big and small independent hotels in The Gambia to accommodate your style and budget. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, you will find the best hotel room to suit your needs. Most tourist visitors to The Gambia still have hotels pre-booked for the duration of their stay, as…

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THE KANKURANG 

A Mandinka Masquerade tradition associated with Rites of Passage The term Kankurang is a combination of the Mandinka words “Kango” and “Kurango” which literally translate as “voice” and “enforce”, respectively. Thus the term could be said to refer to the empowerment of the voice in order to enforce the rules set by members of Mandinka…

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CHEWING STICKS OR TOOTHBRUSH

Brush your teeth every day, dentists say. In Africa, that can mean keeping your toothbrush in your mouth all day long.  Across the continent south of the Sahara, many people go about their daily business with a small stick or twig protruding from their mouth, which they chew or use to scrub their teeth. Many people…

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THE CALABASH – A CONTAINER, BOWL AND AN INSTRUMENT

The calabash or a gourd, locally known as lekket, is a tropical plant that usually grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. There are two different kinds. One is a tree and its fruits can be used as vegetables, when they are harvested early. The other one is growing in the soil and…

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THE TASTE OF A VILLAGE LIFE

A visit to some of The Gambia’s most remote villages is a great way to learn about tribal ritual and rural life. Scenically, eastern Gambia conforms to a stereotyšical European view of Africa – a thin scattering of picturesque villages with grass – thatched huts, fenced with woven millet stalks or pickets of twisted branches,…

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SOUVENIRS WITH A PURPOSE

We are building up a category where visitors will be able to find all Gambian made products. Why? Traveling is about experiences, memories and sharing them when we return home. If you are kind of traveler who likes to buy souvenirs that will remind you of a special place on your travel then we have…

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EATING, DRINKING & NIGHTLIFE 

As tourism in northern Kombo has expanded in recent years, so has the choice of restaurants & bars, with a huge range of styles on offer, from modern European to Lebanese, from simple barbecues to elaborate Asian banquets. The resort area has the greatest concentration of international-style restaurants in the country – in fact, it’s…

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CHIMPANZEE REHABILITATION PROJECT

Gambia is a heaven for travelers who love people, animals and nature. There are many historical sites as well but what you will never forget are people you will meet, animals you will see and nature you will admire. More than 30 years ago, a unique island refuge was established in The Gambia for orphaned,…

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NAMING CEREMONIES

In The Gambia, an individual’s passage through life is marked by series of cornerstone rituals that bestow blessings and confirm the individual’s position and role in their family, their clan or extended family, and in society at large. These rites of passage, and the social structures that underpin them, are mutating as Gambian society becomes…

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THE GAMBIA, PEACEFUL LAND OF SMILING PEOPLE

Islam is a religion of love, peace and tolerance. And you will absolutely not have any bad experience in The Gambia because of the religion. Media usually misrepresent muslim countries in general. In fact, it’s the opposite. The majority religion of the Gambia, with more than 90% of the population being Muslims, this country is…

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THE REPTILE FARM

The reptile farm is an institution privately owned but working with the government. The aims are to participate in research, collecting data or samples, to help preserving the natural fauna in the Gambia, and mainly to help Gambian live in peace with their wild population of reptiles in general and snakes in particular. This institution…

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JANJANBUREH – A MUST VISIT

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there’s big things happening in Janjanbureh. We asked Dave Adams to tell us more… For those of you not familiar with the place, Janjanbureh offers something completely different to the coastal regions of Gambia and perhaps we should start by saying that it’s not for everyone. If you want a…

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BAOBAB TREE – TREE OF LIFE

The Baobab tree grows in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia. Other names include boab, boaboa, tabaldi, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. The tree is certainly very different from any other. When bare of leaves, the spreading branches of the Baobab look like roots sticking up into the air, rather as if…

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PREPARATIONS FOR RAMADAN

As Ramadan Approaches, Muslims in Gambia Prepare in Earnest The nine month in the Islamic calendar Ramadan; a holy month observed by Muslims comes again. Is a month of complete restrain from eating, drinking, or the penetration of any consumable item into the body as a Muslim. Ramadan is the month when Muslims keep fast…

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1st OF MAY, WORKERS DAY

Brief History of the International Workers Day [Labour Day] In 1889, a meeting in Paris was held by the first congress of the ‘Second International’ following a proposal by Raymond Lavigne that called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests. May Day was formally recognized as an annual event at the…

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FROM SEED TO BUSINESS

FROM SEED TO BUSINESS MyFarm is a beautiful one-hectare farm with mixed fruit orchards and a residential education centre for children, young people and farmers, that provides an exciting educational journey from seed to business, and encourages students to dare to ask ‘Why?’ and to discover their own answers. This one hectare farm is an…

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GAMBIA, THE DESTINATION FOR EVERYONE

The Gambia is becoming one of the most popular and attractive travel destinations in the world. The Gambia is the kind of holiday destination, which is suitable for every type of vacation, whether it is a summer vacation for the entire family, an adventurous trip for students and young people, long winter holidays for retirees,…

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HIPPOS’ NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

A journey to West Africa must include observing animal life. Although there are no “Big 5″ in The Gambia, there are over 500 bird species and many other animals to be spotted, which makes it a heavenly destination for animal lovers. Animal and bird-life is extremely diverse and exotic. Wildlife of the Gambia is dictated…

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MAJOR AND POPULAR LANGUAGES IN THE GAMBIA

ENGLISH – THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY English language is the official language of The Gambia. It was introduced in the country by colonialists during the era of colonialism. Like many other former British colonies, The Gambia retained the English language. About 1,000 Gambians speak English as a first language while over 35,000 speak…

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BARRA, FORT BULLEN & MARKET

The road to Barra includes crossing a river from the port of Banjul, the capital city. There are two options to cross the river, by ferry or by local boat. Only the crossing is an experience by itself. You might be crossing with some goats, rams, maybe camels if you are lucky and of course…

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MAKASUTU CULTURAL FOREST 

THE HISTORY OF MAKASUTU CULTURE FOREST The story began in December 1992 when two Englishmen were looking for a spot in The Gambia where they could build a park in the Gambian wilderness. They found the place and managed to buy over a thousand hectares of land. Eventually 15,000 trees were planted and dozens of…

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ABUKO NATURE RESERVE & BOTANICAL GARDEN

ABUKO NATURE RESERVE Abuko Nature Reserve was the Gambia’s first protected area, gazetted as a reserve in the 1960’s. Rich in flora and fauna, under two square kilometres, which enables you to explore it on foot in a couple of hours. There are three-hundred-odd bird species and dozens of varieties of small mammals and reptiles.…

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TANJI, ART VILLAGE, MOSQUE, SANYANG BEACH

TANJI VILLAGE Colorful, coastal, fishing village where you can enjoy the beaches and birdwatching. It is a very special experience to see the hectic, noisy, colorful scene of a Gambian fishing community at work. When the fishing boats land with the day’s catch in late afternoon, people descend on the beach in their hundreds, briefly…

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BANJUL – THE SMALLEST AFRICAN CAPITAL CITY

Banjul is the capital city of The Gambia and has only about 60,000 inhabitants, making it one of the smallest capital in Africa. Though it is a very important administrative and economic center of the Gambia. The reason why Banjul is so small is because of its location, on a peninsula at the mouth of…

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KACHIKALLY & BAKAU BEACH

The Kachikally crocodile pool and museum in the centre of Bakau. Kachikally Crocodile Pool has become a popular tourist spot over the last years. Over 100 crocodiles are living in the natural pool therefore it is an attraction for many visitors and animal lovers. The place was discovered by palm wine harvester from Bojang family…

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MY PEACEFUL AND SAFE GAMBIA

Do you know of a place so peaceful and safe? A place where its people would pick a stranger off the street and bring him home. Give him shelter, offer him a free meal, treat him as if he were part of the family or even provide him with a room to spend the night…

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ATTAYA – TASTE OF SOCIAL LIFE

When you are in The Gambia, you must try Attaya. It is not just traditional hot beverage. It is more than that. It’s important part of daily social life, which connects people. The time of preparation is longer than usual tea preparation so while one of the attaya masters is brewing Attaya you have the…

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KOLA NUT – AN IMPORTANT SYMBOL

Giving and receiving kola nuts is a traditional exchange of friendship and respect. The nut of a kola tree plays an important role in the social and culture life in The Gambia and Senegal. A caffeine-containing nut of evergreen trees of the genus cola, most common in Western Africa and the Atlantic coast area of…

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THE CROCODILE – A RECURRING IMAGE

The crocodile is a recurring image in traditional Gambian iconography. A single grinning crocodile features on the one-dalasi coin: the watermark on all Gambian banknotes is a crocodile’s head, and stylized crocodiles are worked into the designs if textiles and jewellery. Believed by some to have supernatural powers, crocodiles appear in many Gambian folk tales, including Mandinka…

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MORINGA – THE MIRACLE TREE

Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals that are important for your health. Some of these plant products are very nutritious, such as broccoli, carrots and bananas. But there is one plant that is full of healthy goodness. This miracle plant is moringa and it can grow in your own garden. Just like all…

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BARRA VILLAGE

The road to Barra includes crossing a river from the port of Banjul, the capital city. Banjul is very accessible by public or private transport. You can either join a bush taxi or hire a taxi for you own town trip to drive to the port of Banjul. There are two options to cross the…

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