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If you are seeking a beach holiday, with a guarantee of sunshine and where English is spoken, a tiny country on the west coast of Africa may be of interest. Gambia is merely a dot on this vast continent being only three hundred miles long and roughly twenty miles wide. Basically it lies along both banks of the Gambia River. Despite being so tiny, its diverse landscape has soft sandy shores as well as swamp land and forests. As a former British colony until , the national language is English but there are of course several tribal languages.
With a sub-tropical climate and only a six hour flight time from the UK, Gambia Holidays continue to grow in popularity.
They attract many visitors who wish to escape the dark days of a typical British winter as well as those looking for long hours of summer heat. Although tourists won't see Africa's big cats, this small country has a large and varied bird population, monkeys galore, crocodiles and if you are lucky, you may spot a hippopotamus. Cheap Gambia holidays have wide appeal and all generations are represented in the tourist population. The long swathes of shimmering sands are a major attraction especially for families wielding buckets and spades.
Compared with Mediterranean coasts, the beaches here are almost empty and are certainly unspoiled. Most of the beaches offer calm conditions, but remember this is the Atlantic Ocean and care should be taken when swimming. Particular caution should be used when swimming from Fajara and Bakau shores.
Most visitors take a boat trip up river to experience life in a traditional village or to visit a nature reserve. The market in the capital, Banjul, is a must for souvenir hunters. Gambia traditional cuisine delights the palate with tasty fish and meat dishes and a huge variety of vegetables and fruit.
There are also minivan taxi options that run in a similar way to buses, but they can get quite cramped. By hire car: You can hire a car when you arrive in The Gambia or book one before you go. By bus: You can book a private bus transfer to your hotel before you arrive in The Gambia.
Sign up to our Thomas Cook newsletter Get our best offers and holiday inspiration straight to your inbox Sign up now. How long is the flight? SetThumbnailGalleryWidth ;n. It is a great destination for those who want to escape the dark, dreary days of winter especially since Gambia lies in the same time zone and flight duration is only six hours. The Gambia is fast becoming a popular destination with tourists in the UK and beyond.
By water: There are many points where you can cross the River Gambia on both vehicle and passenger ferries. You can also rent out floating lodges on the river if you want to stay the night. Expect live music, dancing and a lot of fun.
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Currency: Gambian Dalasi, best acquired once in The Gambia.