The Gambia: Here’s what we know about the smiling coast of Africa

Have you been to The Gambia?

Here’s what we know about the smiling coast of Africa [The Gambia]:

The Gambia, officially the Republic of the Gambia, is a country in West Africa that is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country in mainland Africa. The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River, the nation’s namesake, which flows through the center of the Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gambia was named in honor of the river flowing through it. The Gambia River is one of the most important waterways of Africa, it is understandable why the country was named the Gambia. The river, the total length of which makes it one of Africa’s longest rivers, stretches from Guinea and to Banjul city through the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gambia has a tropical climate. There is a hot and rainy season, normally from June until November, but from then until May there are cooler temperatures with less precipitation.

Gambia’s beaches invite visitors to laze and linger on package tours, but there’s more than sun and surf. Fishing villages are nature reserves are within easy reach of the clamorous Atlantic resorts, ecolodges and small wildlife parks dot the inland, and it’s a bird lover.

The Gambia

Jufureh, Juffureh, or Juffure is a town in the Gambia that is popular with tourists, lying 30 km inland on the north bank of the River Gambia in the North Bank Division. It is said to be where Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family is set. It is home to a museum and lies near James Island. A family claiming to be the descendants of Kunta Kinte still resides here.


The Kachikally crocodile pool is located in the heart of Bakau about 10 miles (16 km) from the capital Banjul. It is one of three sacred crocodile pools used as sites for fertility rituals. The others are Folonko in Kombo South and Berending on the north bank.

Janjanbureh or Jangjangbureh is a town, founded in 1832, on Janjanbureh Island in the River Gambia in the eastern Gambia. It was formerly known as Georgetown and was the second-largest in the country. It is now the capital of the Central River Division and is best known as home to Gambia’s main prison. The Wassu stone circles lie 22 km northwest of Lamin Koto, on the north bank across from Janjanbureh. It is one of Gambia’s more popular tourists site.

Tourists enjoy sunbathing on pristine white beaches whilst bird watchers are attracted by 569 species of birds.
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Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor is the Executive Editor of 4PM GH, Ghanaian blogger, social media marketer and event promoter. Professionally he is known as Gabbie GH.

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