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The Gambia

If you're searching for sea, sand, sun, and nature combined with a sprinkling of infectious culture; The Gambia will instantly captivate your heart. This small West African country is shaped like a long crooked finger; it's bounded by Senegal with the River Gambia flowing from mid-way across the country to a narrow coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia is rich in wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve and you'll find gorgeous beaches in Banjul and nearby Serrekunda.

Visitors are attracted every year by the welcoming hospitality of The Gambian people, which is why it's often referred to as 'the smiling coast of Africa'. Experience the very best that the country has to offer: take a trip to Kunta Kinteh Island; hike through Bijilo Forest Park and catch sight of vervet monkeys; see over 300 bird species at Abuko Nature Reserve; and shop for handicrafts and local produce at the street-style Albert Market in Banjul.

The sub-tropical climate means average daily temperature highs of 30°C from November through to June with very little rainfall; so it’s easy to see why The Gambia is the perfect faraway escape!

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The Gambia facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
-1 hours
Gambian dalasi
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

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It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office ( website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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