The Gambia

The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River. The country is less than 30 miles wide at its widest point; it’s the smallest country on the continent of Africa. It’s bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and to the western side by the North Atlantic Ocean with 50 miles of coastline:- Nemasu is located in the Southern part of this coast. A short flight from the UK, The Gambia is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – so no jet lag!

On 18 February 1965, the Gambia was granted independence from the United Kingdom and joined The Commonwealth. Banjul is the Gambia’s capital, but the largest city is Serekunda.  An agriculturally rich country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

The Gambia’s greatest asset is its people. The culture of The Gambia is fascinating and its people very open and friendly, always ready to open their homes and share their meals with visitors. 85% of the population are Muslims who are very devout but not fanatical in their religious views. The Gambia also has many ethnic groups (Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Jola, Serere, Manjago, Akus) living peacefully together.

Gambia has a diverse birdlife – a huge variety of colorful, rare, captivating avian species in a small accessible country. Whether you are a serious birder or an interested amateur there’s plenty to see. Even if you think you are not interested in birds you will be hooked when you get to The Gambia.

The River Gambia divides the country into two halves. Near the coast it is salty but 200Km up river it is fresh water, attracting many different animals – hippos, bush pigs, crocodiles, monkeys (including the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust), baboons, various types of antelopes, over 500 bird species and many others.

Africa has some of the most exciting markets in the world and the Gambia is no exception.

You can get more general information on The Gambia here