Kololi is one of the most popular tourist destinations on The Gambia’s sunny Atlantic coast, within easy reach of the capital and main airport at Banjul. It’s a bustling hub of beach resorts, craft markets and local culture but still keeps some of its original fishing village charm. There’s a huge choice of restaurants and bars, serving everything from little treats to tasty cuisine, with plenty of wildlife and national parks to visit too on your Kololi holidays.
The temperature in Kololi stays much the same between winter and summer, mostly between 25˚C and 35˚C. Between July and October humidity levels can be high but bursts of rain keep things fresh.
The Gambia’s only international airport is located in the capital, Banjul, which is a short 20-minute transfer away from the resorts at Kololi.
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Nestled on the Gambia’s sun kissed Atlantic coast and bursting with great places to eat and sleep, Kololi is one of the country’s best resort destinations. As well as the spacious beach and bar lined boulevards, you can also go off the beaten track in national parks, feeding monkeys by hand and spotting rare bird species. Enjoy the local culture at craft markets, feel the rhythm at a drumming performance or simply lie back on the beach and enjoy the sun.
The highlight of Kololi is the beach where you can catch some rays, paddle in the Atlantic and generally enjoy the laidback lifestyle. The Senegambia Strip, as the area is known, is also where you’ll find all the best beach bars where you can sip cocktails, get some cheap food and watch the sun set over the Atlantic.
Head to the nearby national parks and wetlands to see some of the impressive number of local bird species or just keep an eye out in the grounds of Kololi’s hotels and you’ll spot some beautiful wildlife. In the evening, saddle up and head out along the beach on horseback for a sunset ride. Visit Kololi for a real taste of West African culture combined with all the fun and luxury of a resort break.
Opened in 2008, Dream Park Entertainment Centre is the country’s first dedicated amusement centre, costing around $2 million to create. It’s loads of fun for all the family, with rides including bumper cars, the spacecraft and the battle castle for the kids (plus big kids too). It also hosts musical concerts and other events so check for details on arrival if you want to enjoy a show.
Beach bums: Hang out with the locals and tropical fruit sellers on Kololi’s big beach or lie back on the loungers at the private hotel beaches. Remember to pack plenty of sunscreen as it can get very hot.
Monkey lovers: Right next to the resort is the Bijilo Forest Park with its many palm trees and leafy plants. It’s home to several colourful monkey species, some of them tame enough to feed by hand.
Local crafts: The lively Senegambia Craft Market is the place to go to pick up local arts and crafts, including jewellery and fabrics. Get ready to haggle for the best price though, as its all part of the fun.
Language: English is the official language of the Gambia and widely spoken, with some other local languages like Wolof, Fula and a bit of French around too.
Currency: The Gambia’s currency is the Dalasi.
Local time: The Gambia is in the same time zone as the UK so you won’t have to adjust your watch.
Fly to: Banjul International Airport, located about 15 kilometres away from the resort of Kololi.
Flight time from UK: Average direct flight time from the UK is about 6 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Gambia tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you fly to the Gambia, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia for more information and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Temperature: Usually between 25˚C and 35˚C throughout the year, with high humidity levels in the summer.
Best time to visit Kololi: The best time to enjoy All Inclusive deals in Kololi is during the dry winter season between November and February. You’ll miss the worst of the summer heat, humidity and rains, and enjoy a sunny break when the weather’s at its worst back home. Although it’s technically their winter, don’t be put off, temperatures are still very warm and pleasant in the mid to high 20s (°C).
By taxi: One of the best ways to get around is using bush taxis. These are usually cheap but always try to haggle for the best price (pretty much a general rule in The Gambia).
By hire car: Hire cars are available and give you a sense of freedom but they can be expensive. With few major roads in The Gambia, usually in pretty poor condition, you’re better off taking a cab or bus.
By bus: The main bus terminal in Banjul is where you’ll find the longer distance buses but for short journeys jump on a Geleh Geleh, which is like a cross between a bus and a cab.
By boat: If you’re in the mood to explore, catch the ferry from Banjul across the river to Barra or venture further upstream into the heart of The Gambia.
For craft lovers: The Senegambia Craft Market is the best place for bargains but it’s also just fun to go for a stroll and to soak up the atmosphere.
For dancing to the beat: A ‘Taxuraan’ is a type of drumming show put on in many local villages, where the men drum furious rhythms while the women dance. A real must see during your stay.
For arty types: The more peaceful residential area of Kololi village is also home to a couple of local art galleries that run workshops, tours and talks about the local culture.