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Out & About

The Gambia has a lot to offer away from your hotel or the beach, there are great restaurants and increasingly more nightlife to experience -from late night bars to throbbing nightclubs. The Gambia is probably not renowned for the diversity of its shopping outlets but there are enough local crafts on offer to ensure you take some memorable souvenirs home with you.

In addition the majority of our hotels have an onsite entertainment program, complete with daily activities to suit all ages. Outside of the hotels, you can enjoy soaking up the sun on the beaches, or if that doesn't take your fancy then why not try some of the wide variety of regular excursions available.

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Shopping in The Gambia

Bargaining is the name of the game - for everything from fruit, to shoes to souvenirs!

You can expect to reduce the price by anything from 25% to 50%. Of particularly good value are elaborate wood carvings, items handcrafted out of straw, leather and cloth, African music cassettes, silver jewellery (buy with caution), sand paintings and batik pictures. The Gambian tailors have a great reputation for making almost anything to order at a very reasonable price.

There are also a few fixed price boutiques for those who prefer not to haggle, stocking imaginative African designer clothing and adapted European styles. Most hotels now have a minimarket nearby with a selection of groceries, bottled water and soft drinks. It always pays to buy your bottled water from these mini-markets as the water in the hotels can be expensive.

An authentic African experience can be encountered at the markets in Serrekunda, Bakau and Banjul - but it is not always for the faint hearted. It is truly an education to see how the locals socialise and shop for their everyday needs.

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