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About The Gambia




 

Location

West Africa-The Smallest Country on mainland Africa

 

Area

11,295 Sq.km (4361 Sq. Miles)

 

Capital

Banjul

 

Currency

Dalasi (GMD)

 

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

 

Climate

Pleasant sub-tropical climate with two distinct seasons:

Dry Savannah winds November to June, (Harmattan) and (heavy showers) wet, and lusciously green from July-October.

 

Average Mid day

Temperatures about 27 degrees Celsius (80 degree Fahrenheit) with a cooling light breeze

 

Night Time Temperature

Considerably cooler, between 10 degrees Celsius to 16 Degrees Celsius (50degrees-60degrees Fahrenheit)

 

 

Population

1.5Million 

 

Ethnic Diversity

Official Language: English

Other Languages: Mandinka, Wollof, Fula, Jola, Serahule, Serere, Manjago, 

Cereole (Aku or Pigeon English): French is taught in some secondary and high schools.

 

Some of the staff in hotels, restaurant and excursion agencies speak other European languages such as German, Italian, Dutch, French and Scandinavian languages.

 

 

Religious Tolerance

The Gambia is one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world. Most people are inter-related, regardless of their religious backgrounds. It is not uncommon to find Muslims and Christians in wedlock, or closely connected. In fact, in many instances it is the norm. The latter has been since time immemorial and still continues today.

 

 

Religious Diversity

Islam: 85% of the population

Christianity and other African Traditional Religions (ATR): 15%

 

 

Vibrant Economy

Tourism is a major industry in The Gambia, however, there are others: Agriculture, agro-processing, fisheries, livestock and manufacturing.

 

 

The Gambia achieved independence on 18th February, 1965, as a constitutional monarchy within the commonwealth. Five years later, on 24th April, 1970, The Gambia became a Republic within the Commonwealth, with Prime Minister Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, as Head of State. 

 

On 22nd July 1994, the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) seized power in a military coup d’état. After a strong showing at the polls in 1996, retired Colonel Yahya AJJ Jammeh was sworn into office as First president of the Second Republic of The Gambia on 6th November, 1996. He has steered the ship of state since, winning another two consecutive elections; in 2001 and 2006 respectively. Today, The Gambia remains a stable and democratic state.

 

 

 


Hospitality is second to none!

 

The Gambia has a population of over 1.5million people belonging to eight groups as well as fairly large communities from neighbouring West African countries and Lebanon. We are an open and inviting society. Our hospitality is second to none. The people live harmoniously in communities, freely exercising their religious and cultural traditions.

 

 Gambians are recognized all over the world for their spontaneous warm smile, their peace-loving nature and their hospitality

 

 

 

 

 


River Gambia National Park is located near the ancient stone circles at Wassu; River Gambia National Park encompasses five islands dominated by gallery forest, seasonal swamp and savannah. Visitors may be lucky to spot the endangered hippopotamus, the largest remaining mammal in The Gambia.

 

Abuko Nature Reserve, situated half hour away from the main tourist area was established in 1968 as The Gambia’s first protected area and provides a good introduction to the country’s plants and animals. The pools in the reserve hold a substantial population of Nile crocodiles and attract a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.

 

Tanji Bird Reserve is comprised of the Tanji river estuary and the Bijilo Islands. It is located at a short drive away from the tourist development area, making it a perfect day trip for nature enthusiasts. On moonless nights from May to July, green sea turtles come to the islands to dig nests for their eggs.

 

Roots is a popular excursion, inspired by the historic epic, based on the classic novel of the tragedy of the slave trade and triumph of freedom, a full circle inspired by Alex Haley, best seller and movie “Roots”. The long and drawn out saga commenced in rural Gambia, in a village called Juffureh and tracks almost five generations across the mighty Atlantic Ocean to the USA and back. The Gambia’s little known continuation is steeped on this true story of survival, love of country, people and freedom immersered in strong linkages of tradition and culture still seen today. And, although slavery has long been abolished, the ancestors and direct descendants of the hero of many extracted Africans in the Diaspora, Kunta Kinteh’s trail can still be followed from his birthplace in rural Gambia.

 

 

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