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Gambia Holidays 

It might be smallest country in Africa, but what The Gambia lacks in size it makes up for in character. With one of the most pleasant climates on the continent and tourism growing on the 80km stretch of lovely beaches, it’s no wonder Gambia is known as the smiling coast. And when you book one of our cheap Gambia holidays, you’ll be smiling right back.

30 °C

The temperature doesn’t vary too much between summer and winter, usually staying at around 30°C.

6 hours 30 minutes

Approx. 6 hours 30 minutes from London, UK.

Book a cheap holiday to The Gambia with Airtours and enjoy a warm welcome to the smiling coast of Africa. 

Featured holidays in Gambia

Holiday Beach Club

Kololi Beach, Gambia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet seafront location   
  • 300m to resort centre   
  • Daytime and evening entertainment

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 490 reviews

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Based on 21 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 272

Palm Beach

Kotu Beach, Gambia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • African entertainment
  • Tropical gardens

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 686 reviews

Reviews
Based on 25 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 278

Badala Park Hotel

Kotu Beach, Gambia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Surrounded by dense tropical gardens  
  • Friendly, welcoming atmosphere 
  • 350m from the golden sands of Kotu beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 333 reviews

Reviews
Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 282

Hotel Seaview Gardens

Kololi Beach, Gambia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Set in beautiful gardens
  • 200m to the Senegambia beach
  • Massages available

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 150 reviews

Reviews
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 292

smartline Palma Rima

Kololi Beach, Gambia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • All inclusive or Bed & Breakfast options   
  • 300m from the sandy beach of Kotu bay
  • Largest swimming pool in The Gambia  

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 287 reviews

Reviews
Based on 20 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 292

You’ll see where The Gambia gets its name ‘the smiling coast’ when you get a warm welcome from the beach resorts here. On the west coast sits the village Bijilo, with peaceful beaches and a quieter feel. For a more established tourist area, choose Kololi which has its own strip but still has an authentic feel. 

Escape the winter blues and enjoy the subtropical climate and the sunshine in Africa’s smallest country. Listen to Gambian music on golden sands and take in the amazing wildlife around you. With our selection of holidays in The Gambia, you’ll love your next getaway. 

Though the capital of Banjul has its own inviting beaches, if you take a walk further inland you’ll see even more of the Gambian culture. The Albert Market has plenty to see and buy and is the best way to experience local life. To learn more about the local history, go to The Gambia National Museum and the African Heritage Museum or just walk around the city to check out the architecture such as the Arch 22 as well as cathedrals and mosques.

The Senegambia Craft market is great for buying handmade items. From masks to paintings, clothing to jewellery, the stalls are a mix of different arts and crafts. It’s also a great place to try some local dishes. For more shopping, go to the Horseshoe Shopping Complex which is as close to a mall as you’ll get in The Gambia. There are plenty of taxis around here waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Dream Park Entertainment Centre is The Gambia’s first dedicated amusement park and caters for all the family. From rides to castles, it won’t just be the kids who have fun here. There’s also a restaurant so you can refuel and spend a good amount of time in the park. Make sure you look at the schedule before you visit, as there are often events such as musical concerts held here.

The Gambia is best for

Wildlife watchers: The country is home to a variety of wildlife and though you’re likely to catch a glimpse of some on the beaches, there are also other great spots to see it too, such as the River Island National Park in Banjul and the Abuko Nature Reserve. In particular, The Gambia is a bird watcher’s dream, with tours and experts on offer from many of the hotels. 

Beachgoers: The coast is what draws a lot of people to The Gambia and the tourist resorts have been built around some of the best beaches. Cape Point is a popular area or for a more secluded beach, head to the village of Kartong.

Music lovers: You’ll hear music almost everywhere you go in The Gambia and there are many opportunities at the resorts and bars to see live bands. You could also book a class to learn The Gambia’s national instrument, the Kora.


Fast facts

Language: English is the official language taught in schools but many Gambians speak both English and a more native language such as Mandinka and Wolof. 

Currency: Gambian Dalasi, best acquired once in The Gambia.

Local time: The Gambia uses GMT time, the same as the UK.

Fly to: Banjul International Airport.

Flight time from the UK: Approx. 6 hours 30 minutes from London, UK.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information for The Gambia can be found at https://www.gambia.co.uk/travel/.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel- advice/gambia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to The Gambia.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Daytime temperatures don’t differ much, with an average of 30°C year round. However, it feels a lot hotter inland without the sea breeze. 

Best time to visit The Gambia: The country is flat and low which means the climate hardly changes across the whole of The Gambia. You might choose to get your dose of winter sun between November and April when sunbathing is a bit more pleasant, however, the evenings and early mornings can be a lot cooler (around 15°C). The periods between the wet and dry seasons are a great time to visit as there are more comfortable temperatures at night. Late June to October can be very humid with short and heavy rain showers, with August and September having the heaviest rainfall.


Getting Around

By taxi: Tourist taxis are green with a white diamond sign on the side, and can usually be found at the taxi rank at the airport and major resorts. Make sure you agree on a price before you set off. Bush taxis are a local taxi and are usually cheaper with fixed rates, but you’ll need to wave one down in the street. There are also minivan taxi options that run in a similar way to buses, but they can get quite cramped. 

By hire car: You can hire a car when you arrive in The Gambia or book one before you go. However, it isn’t always the cheapest transport option. If you’re hiring a car, it’s best to book from your resort.

By bus: You can book a private bus transfer to your hotel before you arrive in The Gambia. The main public transport buses are run by GPTC and UTSCO and are fairly cheap.

By water: There are many points where you can cross the River Gambia on both vehicle and passenger ferries.


Events

For the sports enthusiasts: Borreh is The Gambia’s national sport and is a Greco Roman style of wrestling. It’s not to be missed when visiting this country.

For the main attraction: It’s not an event in itself, but the River Gambia is the key feature of this country and what better way to see it than taking a boat trip? You can also rent out floating lodges on the river if you want to stay the night.

For the live music seekers: In February, the village of Kartong celebrates Gambian culture at the Kartong Festival. Expect live music, dancing and a lot of fun. 


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