An off the beaten track adventure in either an army style truck or Land Rover which follows the coast of this exciting country and also uncovers the Gambian village way of life. This can be a dusty and bumpy day but is well worth it.
During the day there will be the opportunity to visit some villages and experience the hospitality of the friendly locals. A visit to a village school always proves to be one of the highlights of the day (any contributions of pens, pencils, books etc are always gratefully received by the head teacher). Before lunch we visit a local palm wine compound where you will learn how palm wine is tapped and offered a taste to sample. Lunch is served on one of the unspoilt beaches in the south of the country, followed by the chance to swim and sunbathe.
In the afternoon a further stop at the Tanji museum gives the chance to learn more about traditional Gambian culture. Finally we drive past a typical fishing village before heading back to the hotels.
Unscheduled stops are made during the day to observe the antics of chattering monkeys and hopefully baboons in their treetop playgrounds. Many exotic and colourful species of birds can also be spotted and admired.
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the real Gambia and enjoy a totally different way of life!
Please do not throw pens or sweets from the trucks as children can be seriously injured trying to catch them.
An account of a visit to a Gambian school on The Gambia Blog.