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Tourism In The Gambia
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Holiday & Business Trips To Gambia

Gambia has developed into a world class tropical paradise & luxury tourist resort with five star holiday hotels, great night life, fantastic beaches, river and sea fishing, golf, bird watching and nature safaris to see monkeys, crocodiles, dolphins, reptiles, etc.

crocodile-gambiaThe Gambia is a 6 hour flight from Northern Europe and there are many cheap, low cost, chartered flights from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway

We work with local tour operators to bring the casual tourist,  holiday maker or seasoned business traveler in to direct contact with the local people to experience the friendliness, hospitality, history and culture of Gambia.

We can also advise on business trips to Gambia, property inspection tours and voluntary, gap year or community / career development breaks such as working for charities and NGOs in The Gambia.

gambia-beachIf it’s sea & sand you are looking for the beaches within walking distance of The Wavecrest Hotel are some of the most picturesque in Africa.

Some of the best beaches to chillax on include Senegambia, Bijilo, Kololi, Kotu, Fajara and Bakau which are all within a short distance of the hotel.

Local Bird Watching tour operators offer local excursions with pick up services running from The Wavecrest Hotel. They offer complete itinerary for the duration of your stay – whether that is 4 days, 1 week, 2 weeks etc

Travel in style on your Bird Watching and Gambian Nature Safaris. Imagine the exclusive use of small, personal bird watching camps in Gambia, 4WD ornithology drives off the beaten track and superb staff to cater for your every need.

Spend your holiday in comfortable rural camps in The Gambia. Wake up to the sweet melodies of the birds and breathe the clean refreshing air scented by blooming flowers.

We are here to save you time and provide a hassle free way to get informed about and prepared for your bird watching holiday in Gambia

Fishing holidays in Gambia are world renowned for the wide variety of fish available.The size of the largest recorded catch in the River Gambia weighing in at 303lbs.

We can organise and arrange deep sea and sports fishing expeditions off the coast of Gambia, creek fishing trips on the River Gambia for individuals, parties or groups.

Imagine creating a river or sea fishing expedition to West Africa that matches your specific requirements and make even the most passionate and adventurous fisherman’s dreams come true

We work closely with local tour operators who can organise a number of day trips and excursions which will show you everything of interest in The Gambia.

‘Roots’ – A pleasant boat ride to the historic village of Juffure where black American author Alex Haley had traced his ancestry to in his best-seller, “Roots”.

Also see James Island from where most of the slaves captured along the banks of the River Gambia were shipped across the Atlantic.

A delicious buffet lunch will be served on board. During the trip, you are most likely to come across the famous Gambian dolphins. There will be a brief stop to allow you to swim.

South Gambia Tour – Travel along The Gambia’s southern coastline seeing everything that is interesting to see – a village market, a school, a women’s communal garden, a fish landing center, the Tanje Village Museum (the first natural history museum), a fish curing site and a sprawling sandy beach.

Banjul City Tour – Visit the SOS Children’s Village at Bakoteh, a Batik factory in Serrekunda, Arch 22 in Banjul, the Gambia National Museum and Banjul craft market. Lunch stop on the way back.

Lions and Crocodiles – Abuko Nature Reserve is one of the few remaining areas of tropical forest in The Gambia. Carefully protected, it is the home of perhaps the last remaining lions in The Gambia plus lots of other wildlife – hyenas, monkeys, deer, reptiles and birds.

After visiting the reserve, you proceed to the riverside restaurant at Lamin Lodge for lunch.

On the return journey to the Wavecrest hotel, you will stop at the sacred crocodiles pool at Katchikally. The water from this pond is believed by the locals to have healing powers especially for infertility.

Mangrove Tour – Spend your day at the scenic riverside camp at the historic village of Bintang Bolong. Your transport will first take you to the Abuko Livestock Market and then to the Brikama woodcarver’s market where you can make excellent bargains for some souvenirs.

Then proceed to Bintang, stopping briefly in a local school for a glimpse of The Gambia’s education system. After lunch at the scenic restaurant on the river, you will board a local pirogue on a cruise on the Bintang Bolong – perhaps the best known of all the tributaries of The River Gambia.

You may be lucky to spot one of the very few salt water crocodiles in The Gambia. When you return to the camp, you will be free to swim or walk through the village to meet the people in their typical environment.

Treasure Island – Perhaps the best spot in The Gambia! A deserted sprawling beach on an isolated island where the River Gambia meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The trip to the island starts with a crossing on a crowded public ferry, followed by a drive through small villages to the Island of Jinack, which is invariably called Paradise or Coconut Island.

A short boat ride takes you to your beach bar where you are served a delicious lunch. The rest of the afternoon is then yours to swim or sunbathe.

Janjangbureh Tour – This is a two-day trip to the heart of The Gambia and to the historic town of Janjangbureh (formerly Georgetown). The trip starts with a landrover or mini-bus ride along the south bank trunk road, stopping in a number of villages on the way.

After lunch at Tendaba Camp, you will proceed to Sapu to join your Gambian river craft on a pleasant early evening cruise to Janjangbureh Island. Overnight will be in the delightful Bird Safari Camp or Baobolong Camp.

An early breakfast the following morning followed by a visit to the ancient slave house, a trip to the prehistoric Stone Circles at Wassu. The return trip will take you through the cosmopolitan border town of Farafenni.

Gambian Pub Crawl – Explore the nightlife in The Gambia. Have dinner in a top class restaurant, then visit as many bars as possible stopping at each for no more than a couple of drinks. You will return to the Wavecrestin the second half of the night and we wish you a sound sleep.

Gunjur Adventure – An expedition taking you to several contrasting situations – a modern international airport, thick tropical forest, small rural village, bustling cosmopolitan town, vibrant fishing community and a Swiss-run seaside restaurant – all in one day.

Gambian Sunset Cruise – A slow evening cruise in an African pirogue, through a maze of creeks. Many birds to spot. See the local women in their dugout canoes fetching oyster. Enjoy the beautiful tropical sunset as you arrive at the picturesque riverside restaurant where you will be served a buffet dinner followed by cultural entertainment.

African Wrestling – The national sport of The Gambia – full of excitement and color. Come and see our strongest men outdo each other in wit and strength in a festive African

Bakau Market – has all the fruit, and most of the vegetables, that you would expect to find in Europe and in the late afternoon you can watch as the local fishermen return to port with the day’s catch.

Kairaba Avenue – From Fajara all the way to Serekunda, supermarkets can be found at regular intervals. They sell much the same things, but the prices can differ.

Serekunda Market – Well worth a visit. This is the market where you may find the one item that you never expected to find, shoes, leather sandals, beach wear etc.

Banjul – The capital has just about everything. Markets, shops, supermarkets, craft markets, cafes, restaurants, heat, dust etc. But worth a visit.