Located in Western Africa, Gambia is the smallest mainland country in the continent, often referred to as ‘The Smiling Coast’ for its beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and its friendly locals, the country is also blessed with diverse wildlife, a destination for everyone.
Despite its small size, Gambia offers beautiful golden beaches filled with palm trees and relaxation. Their tourism industry is growing, however, its beaches still offer a secluded spot to get a tan and relax. With a year-round sunshine, there is no need to wait for summer to visit.
Gambia offers diverse and fascinating wildlife. The country is home to over 600 birds species, hippos, crocodiles, chimps and much more. A well established destination for wildlife watching.
People in Gambia are extremely friendly and hospitable, one of the reasons why the country is known as the “Smiling Coast of Africa“. Gambians are relaxed and laid-back, and love to share their culture.
Gambia is quite affordable, offering many cheap hotels around its coast.
What to expect
LANGUAGE: English is the official language in Gambia, as it is a former British Colony. There are other tribal languages like Mandinka and Wolof, but the majority of gambias are bilingual.
ELECTRICITY: In Gambia the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage (220-240V) in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
CURRENCY: The Gambian Dalasi is the currency of Gambia. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, might be accepted in some tourist places and hotels but won’t be accepted in smaller establishments. The Dalasi isn’t a strong currency and fluctuates constantly, it’s better to exchange your money at the airport, banks or in the black market. There are ATM’s along the coast, but not up-country. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but cash is recommended. 1 USD equals 51.51 gambian dalasis (as of 2020).
CLIMATE: Gambia has a tropical climate with distinct dry and rainy seasons. The weather is always warm, thanks to its position of the equator. Dry season is from mid-October to May, and rainy season from June to October.
SAFETY: Gambia is relatively safe, as violent crime is pretty much non-existent. Petty crime do exist, and caution and common sense is recommended in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen. Be careful in extremely isolated areas.
PASSPORT: All foreign country citizens can visit the Gambia without both a visa and entry clearance for up to 90 days with exception of: Afghanistan , Argentina , Brazil , China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan , Lebanon, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Thailand, Syria, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and Yemen.
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