Gambia – The Gambia in West Africa. It is the smallest country on the continent and extends substantially from the Atlantic coast to the east, along the River Gambia itself. The only neighboring country of Senegal. The Republic of The Gambia, commonly known as Gambia is a country in West Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent, from Senegal to a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean surrounded to the west.
The land is in the Gambia River, the namesake of the nation, through the center of the country and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 11.295 km ² with an estimated population of 1.7 million.
On February 18, 1965, gained independence from the United Kingdom and Gambia joined the Commonwealth of Nations. Banjul is the capital of Gambia, but the largest metropolitan areas are Serekunda and Brikama.
The Gambia shares historic roots with many other West African countries in the slave trade, the key factor in the establishment and maintenance of a colony on the Gambia River, first the Portuguese and later by UK. Since independence in 1965, The Gambia has enjoyed relative political stability, except for a brief period of military rule in 1994.
Thank you to the fertile soil of the country’s economy is dominated by agriculture, fishing and tourism. Approximately one third of the population lives below the international poverty line of $ 1.25 per day.
The country is made up of five divisions and one city * together: Banjul *, Central River, Lower River, North Bank, Upper River, Western.
Banjul – Gambia’s capital is actually quite comfortable calling and lies on a peninsula. Banjul is the political capital and more …
Serekunda is the economic capital. Here you can also find Western products and large markets. The confusion is in Serekunda but quite large.
Brikama – The last town in the interior, which can be reached at “normal” roads.
Gunjur – Here you will find beautiful beaches without tourists.
Soma – here you can change most of the means of transport or stayed, if you’re after the long ride on terrible roads too tired.
Farafenni – city on the northern side of the Gambia River. From here you can easily come to Senegal.
Janjanbureh – (formerly Georgetown) beautiful place on an island with beautiful birds and a house of bondage.
Bansang – Ostgambias market town. There are hills in the region …
Basse Santa Su – Gambia’s easternmost city on the border crossing with South Senegal to Guinea and transportation.
Wassu – there are interesting stone circles.
Baboon Iceland National Park – nice touring opportunities by boat at Kuntaur. You can see chimpanzees and baboons.
Gambia Wrestling – This is a great tradition in The Gambia. The largest and most famous fight arena is located in Bakoteh.
The Gambia gained its independence in 1965 from Britain . From 1982 to 1989, it was with Senegal as a confederation of Senegambia together. After the coup of 1994 Yahya Jammeh took power and was confirmed in the 1996 elections in office.
Entry by air is easy. But only a few airlines control the Banjul International Airport (BJL) to. For example, there is a connection with Spanair or Brussels Airlines
On arrival and departure from it is necessary to give information about the person in writing. These are distributed each respective slip.
Upon arrival and / or departure from any tourist tax is estimated. Is not always right, 10 € will be due, but these are often paid by the travel company.
A railroad does not exist.
The movement has mainly the Gambia Public Transport Corporation (GPTC) is, it operates an extensive bus network. Rare on the coast very frequent service, in the interior. Timetables are not or are not met. The journey into the interior without a car is not recommended.
The ferry from Banjul to Barra can use it to inland (north bank of the Gambia) to arrive.
If you look a little, and used for any other parts together hastily car purchase or lease, you can guarantee one on an adventure. With a new, clean jeep extended should be no problem exploring. For short distances it is better to use a green tourist taxi, a yellow taxi or local bus taxi .
Because taxis are relatively cheap, can certainly be considered a taxi to visit the interior, or of course with organized trip. Trips that go over Birikama be, but the ordeal. The roads are passable only in dry conditions is well worth a visit but for a little adventure willing. Banks are in the interior of my knowledge only very rarely (if ever), and gas stations run out of gas sometimes. From Senegambia to Masa Konko it takes between 4 and 10 hours.
After independence from Britain, was introduced as in other West African countries, legal transactions.
Most people understand English. Since living in The Gambia, many Senegalese, French is spoken.
Credit cards are accepted in major hotels.
The prices are very cheap if you can act well. (Between 30% and 3% is a realistic price. Rule of thumb, if the seller can not for 2 minutes more beaten down, it has gradually achieved a realistic price).
Yassa – Gambia African dish: onion sauce, flavored with spicy black pepper, plus there are fish or meat and rice or potatoes.