Enjoy an initial relaxed introduction to the Gambia, followed by your own choice of activities and locations.
Activity code: GAEV
Duration: 7-14 days
Enjoy the "the Smiling Coast of Africa" on a flexible holiday that includes a small group introduction to the true Gambia. Explore the real country beyond the busy beaches, away from the tourist crowds and return with fascinating stories of encounters with wildlife and Gambia's vibrant culture.
This unique tailor-made holiday to Africa's smallest country can combine your choice of land and river travel, delightful lodge camps, bush walks, village visits and time on a palm-fringed beach to relax.
Our guide has many years experience in The Gambia, initially working for a charity and then going on to guide successful small group tours. Paul has chosen to partner up with us to bring his knowledge and experience to a wider audience and to expand the scope of the visitor experience in the country, offering a more flexible approach to cater to more interests and travel abilities.
Basing your initial stay (or the whole holiday) at the pristine sands of Boboi Beach Lodge you can opt to travel along the mighty river Gambia to discover its incredible natural beauty and encounter a whole host of wildlife from birds of prey to hippos and dolphins.
- Boboi Beach Lodge: on beach, bar, restaurant
- Tendaba Camp: superb location, wifi, electricity (pm), swimming pool
- Leybato Beach Lodge: on beach, wifi, 24hr electricity, hot water
NB. Bottled drinking water is available throughout the tour.
As The Gambia is close to the equator temperatures and daylight hours remain relatively consistent, ranging from 25 to 35 degrees (albeit moderated by sea breezes, particularly at night). Best times to visit are November through to February which is after the wet season and a good time for bird watching. The earlier dates bring the clearest skies with stunning sunsets and views of the stars whilst the latter dates are the best for spotting mammals such as warthog and antelope in the shorter grass.
Good, comfortable footwear, sun protection (including a wide-brimmed hat) and light/cool clothing are important - we will provide full advice and packing suggestions with your travel documents. Passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date. Malaria tablets and an effective insect repellent should be arranged in advance.
We will provide information relating to any allergies or special diets upon request - The Gambia is good for some allergies, e.g. lactose intolerance, but not so great for others such as those with a peanut allergy, as they are an important ingredient in many dishes and so are prevelant in kitchens throughout the country.
Your holiday is fully covered by ATOL if flights from the UK are booked with this package.