It might be the smallest country in Africa, but ‘the Smiling Coast’ of The Gambia packs plenty into its tiny coastline, compact countryside and charming cities. The Gambia is on the west coast of the continent, making it a tropical destination that’s perfect for beach lovers, family holidays and some winter sunshine to chase the blues away. It’s also set to be one of the big sellers for 2017, and there are some great offers for last-minute getaways, making an African adventure more affordable than you might think.

Tropical beaches for sun lovers

It might be right in the tropics, but a cooling ocean breeze means that it never gets too hot, even for young kids or tiny tots. Warm, crystal clear waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling, and there’s plenty of water sports if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush.


Both on land and under the sea, The Gambia is playing a major part in world wildlife conservation, and the beaches along this stretch of coastline are often visited by rare creatures such as turtles. There are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get involved, so 2017 could be a great year to find out about wildlife conservation in one of Africa’s prettiest spots.

Winter sunshine, song and dance

In February, Kartong Festival bursts into life, bringing music and dance to the sleepy little town of Kartong. It’s a wonderful chance to experience African culture and music, accompanied by tasty Gambian food and drink. It’s also a chance to escape the winter blues and top up your tan early.

African adventures

The Gambia is a perfect introduction for first-time African explorers. If you’re not ready to ‘rough it’ just yet then you have purpose-built resorts and All Inclusive family holidays on offer, complete with safari excursions. But if you do fancy trying something a little bit more adventurous then you can, all with the support of expert local guides. Why not try canoeing in the stunning Makasutu Nature Reserve and getting up close to The Gambia’s wilder residents?