Off the beaten track small group tour, staying in traditional lodges, encountering fascinating wildlife and a couple of days on a pristine beach.
Activity code: GAGW
Duration: 11/12 Days
Enjoy the "the Smiling Coast of Africa" on a small group tour to the true Gambia. Explore the real country beyond the beaches, away from the tourist crowds and return with fascinating stories of encounters with wildlife and Gambia's vibrant culture.
This unique tour of Africa's smallest country combines land and river travel, delightful lodge camps, bush walks, village visits and a couple of days on a palm-fringed beach to relax at the end with your new friends and your wonderful guide.
Our guide and all-round Gambia expert on this tour, Paul, has been travelling to the country for many years and truly loves the place and its people. Initially working for a charitable organisation focused on conservation, he developed an extensive knowledge of the country and made many contacts that enable this tour to be such a fabulous opportunity for unique wildlife encounters and an unforgettable experience in a beautiful country.
Starting from the pristine sands of Boboi Beach Lodge you will travel along the great river Gambia to the historic, colonial settlement of Georgetown, located on its own island in the river. Along the way you will take in the incredible beauty of the natural scenery, join a river safari to see the chimpanzees in their natural habitat 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
- Janjanbureh Camp: simple accommodation opposite Georgetown, solar power, limited running water
- 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.