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Gambia Flag The Republic of The Gambia is a country in western Africa. The Gambia generally follows the path of the Gambia River, and is completely surrounded by Senegal except for a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of Gambia was estimated as being 2,108,665. The country's capital is Banjul (formerly known as Bathurst) had a population of only 34,828 as of 2003, however it is part of a larger district, known as the Great Banjul Area which includes both the City of Banjul and Kanifing Municipal Council, which in 2003 had a total population of 357,238. The largest city in the Gambia is Serekunda (sometimes also spelled Serrekunda), which as of 2006, had a population of 335,733.

Gambia Country Details


Country Name The Gambia
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Flag Gambia Flag
Principal Language English
Capital Banjul


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Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Katharina Kane

Lonely Planet
Paperback (328 pages)

Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Multi Country Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet's 4th edition of The Gambia & Senegal will take you from the arid desert lands of the north to the lush tropical forests in the south, and from the capital cities of Dakar and Banjul to the more remote Bassari country. Go lion spotting in the Parc National de Niokolo-Koba or hike around the beautifully conserved Abuko Nature Reserve.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Dedicated chapters on birdwatching and music
Customised itineraries take you up the coast or down the river
Unique Green Index highlights the best ecofriendly options
The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Philip Briggs

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (240 pages)

The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guides)
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Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia and its resort-dotted coastline offer perhaps the closest English-speaking ‘winter sun’ destination from Europe. The interior, dominated by the lush jungle-fringed Gambia River, is home to plentiful birds and monkeys, time-warped traditional villages and mysterious megalithic sites. Bradt’s The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa’s most welcoming and safest country, alongside detailed coverage of the many new eco-lodges and informed advice on the country’s bird watching possibilities.

 

Senegal 1:740,000 & Gambia 1:340,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

ITMB Publishing, Ltd.
Map (2 pages)

Senegal 1:740,000 & Gambia 1:340,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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Double sided map covers Senegal (including Gambia). Includes insets of street maps of Dakar and Banjul and a place name index. Legend includes roads by classification, airport, ferry, bus station, gas station, telephone, post office, hospital, point of interest archeological site, fort, museum lodging border crossing and more.
Insight Guides: Gambia & Senegal
By Insight

Insight Guides
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Insight Guides: Gambia & Senegal
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HardCover. Pub Date: 2009-3-1 Pages: 352 Publisher: Insight Guides This brand new Insight Guide to Gambia Senegal featuresa wealth of inspiring full-colour photography. including doublepage spreads of some of the most outstanding views in sub-SaharanAfrica The. top ten sights are identified to show you the very bestof both countries and to help you plan your trip priorities.Whether you simply want to while away the days on the lush Atlanticcoastline. or safari into the remote savannah of Niokolo-Koba. thisguide expertly explores it all. An Editors Choice sectionhighlights the most unique experiences Gambia Senegal have tooffer. along with personal recommendations on sights and activitiesnot to be missed. An in-depth Places section covers both countries. region by region. with all the principal sites cross-referenced bynumber to the accompanying full-colour maps. At the end o...
The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

Bradt Travel Guides
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With 16 well-researched chapters and 26 useful maps, this new thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s The Gambia remains the most comprehensive guide available in any language to what is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Significant development has taken place in recent years and this new edition offers all the latest updates, including new restaurants and hotels, detailed coverage of the many new eco lodges and camps that have sprung up, information on festivals, music workshops and opportunities to experience the unique local culture, and informed advice about birdwatching possibilities in a country very popular with first-time birders to Africa. As well as encompassing the popular coastal resorts, the guide also provides all the detailed information required to explore the relatively undeveloped interior, making it ideal for both visitors on organised packaged holidays and independent travellers alike.

Bradt’s The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa’s most welcoming and safest country with its plethora of beach resorts - catering to all tastes and budgets - that line the 80km stretch of tropical coastline running from the capital Banjul to the remote southern border. Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia offers perhaps the closest English-speaking ‘winter sun’ destination from Europe and is also an emerging destination for adventure activities such as kayaking, mountain bike tours, quad biking and parachuting. Justifiably popular with birdwatchers, the lush mangrove- and jungle-fringed river is also home to crocodiles, hippos, chimpanzees and a variety of monkeys. Historic attractions include the mysterious megalithic stone circles at Wassu and Ker Batch, and the fortified James Island and former slave-trading village of Juffureh (to where Alex Haley traced his ancestry in the book and TV programme Roots) - all of which form part of the country's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer rich pickings to moderately adventurous travellers.

All in all, Bradt’s The Gambia is the perfect companion for discovering this safe, welcoming and decidedly tourist-friendly English-speaking country which makes for an ideal short-stay introduction to the unique atmosphere of Africa.
The Gambia
By Craig Emms

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The Gambia
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Offers a wide range of hotels and restaurants is detailed, plus sandy beaches, music and dance. Plenty of information is provided on the ecology and wildlife of The Gambia, especially the superb birdwatching opportunities.
Gambia Travel and Tourism: Travel guide, touristic information, Locations and sights
By Emmanuel Alvin

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Gambia Travel and Tourism: Travel guide, touristic information, Locations and sights
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Gambia Travel and Tourism. The Gambia has been a popular holiday destination since the mid 1960s and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with distinct dry and rainyBijilo Beach Hotel seasons. Most tourists come during the winter months between October to February with a steady tailing off of visitors from March to May. However the cheapest time to go is during the rainy season when many of the most popular beaches are relatively empty however the heat & humidity in August and September can be stifling. Tourism offers many benefits to the catering sector and other tourism related services in the urban areas such as small local tour operators, beach juice sellers and the craft markets. The average tourist stays for about 14 days and spends an average of around US$20 on each of those days. The stock of beds is around 6,000 and much of it leaves a lot to be desired though the efforts have been made to improve the situation. However, there are many descent accommodations along the coastal strip some of which is of a very high standard...

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