Gambia

The thing I remember most about my time in Banjul in Gambia, was the people hoarding you really quickly whenever you left the hotel.  Needless to say, I didn’t head out much as I found this quite intimidating.

I did, however, complete 2 tours; a camel safari and an early morning bird watching tour.  The camel safari was a half day and included a walk through some bush, past some fish drying areas and onto the beach where a small meal was laid out for everyone.
For the early morning bird watching tour, we were picked up at around 05:00, driven through bush and rough roads to a wooden tree house where we were fed bread, peanut butter (a major export in Gambia), some sliced meats and cheeses and tea/coffee from flasks.  All the servers wore headlamps.  It was really cool.  We were then shown to our canoes and taken on a wonderfully informative tour down the river.  Coming back we had a walking tour through the bush to where our bus was waiting for us.

The staff in the hotel and on the two tours were really friendly, respectful and eager to help.

The hotel was lovely although I would warn against drinking any of the tap water unless you want a quick weight-loss plan – always drink bottled water.

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