FROM THE AIRPORT
Yundum International Airport (Airport code – BJL) is 24km south of Banjul and 15km from the nearest beach resorts. Green ‘tourist taxis’ charge around GMD 900 (€16.66) to Banjul and GMD 700 (€13) to the resorts.
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For the personal touch of an establishment with a limited number of guests, the White Horse Residence (Batakunku, 360 1111, whitehorseresidence.com) offers an elegant thatched guest house and restaurant, seven well appointed king size bedrooms with private decks, panoramic sea views and swimming pool.
The Serrekunda district, with its well-known market, is under half an hour’s drive from the capital Banjul and offers some of the best accommodation. Try Kairaba Beach Resort (4462940/1/2, kairabahotel.com) located on Kolodi Beach. The nearby Holiday Beach Club (446 0418/9, holidaybeachclubgambia.com) was built in a tropical garden. Rooms are decorated in traditional Gambian style. The Redroof in-house bar and restaurant at the Kayo Kulou Hotel (84 Sayer Jobe Avenue, 439 8495) serves some of the best national dishes.
Gida’s Garden (Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara, 3709008, facebook.com/gidasgarden) is a romantic garden restaurant and bar, with Mediterranean/European dishes including seafood, meat, and vegetarian fare.
Serious about steak? Then Butchers Shop Restaurant (130 Kairaba Avenue, 449 5069) is the place to go.
Gaya Art Cafe (446 4022) on the Kobo Coastal Highway next to the Senegambia Craft Market offers a wide selection of local and international dishes.
Bakau Craft Market (Atlantic Road, Bakau) stocks local and regional carvings, handycrafts and batik fabrics, while the Royal Albert Market (Independence Avenue) is a bustling African market with fabrics, masks and a vast array of other goods. Both are open for trade from 8am to 7pm.
Enjoy a few sundowners on the tree house deck of the Calypso Beach Bar and Restaurant (Cape Point beach, 7970201/9920201), and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. It’s open until late.
At the Makasutu Culture Forest (5km from Brikama, 302-6606, mandinalodges.com/makasutu-forest), you can enjoy bush walks through the sacred forest and a dugout canoe trip. You can also watch baboons, birds , and observe local fishermen from a unique jungle tower of four storeys. The entry fee is 900 Dalasis (€17)