5 excursions and tours to take during a Gambia holiday

FEATURED Updated on Sep 22, 2017 by Alastair McClymont

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Heading on a holiday to The Gambia and want to get adventurous? Here are 5 tours and excursions to consider taking during your Gambia holiday.

One of the easiest ways to discover and experience the best of The Gambia during a holiday to the country is by embarking on or taking part in a number of tours and excursions. We have a wide and diverse range of tours, excursions and experiences available to holidaymakers who fancy doing far more than relaxing by the pool or lazing on the beach, all of which are safe, informative and memorable.

Our programme includes everything from wildlife spotting and cookery class experiences to historical exploration and fishing trips; so however you wish to spend your Gambia holiday, there'll be a tour or excursion matching your criteria. To give you a flavour of what we offer, here are five of our favourite excursions and tours to take during a Gambia holiday.


Lazy Day Cruise

Epitomising the relaxing nature of a holiday to The Gambia, the Lazy Day Cruise presents a languid and rejuvenating day spent on a 60-foot modern, yet traditional, Gambian-style river pirogue. You'll spend the day floating along  the various tributaries of the River Gambia, spotting local fisherman, oyster ladies and an impressive range of aquatic bird life including ospreys and storks. You'll also be given the opportunity to swim in the river before a delicious buffet lunch, while the afternoon presents a chance to try your hand at some fishing before your journey back to dry land.


Walk with Birds

The latest addition to our list of excursions is a real treat for lovers of birds, with this morning trip transporting you to some of The Gambia's richest areas for bird life. Brufut Forest is the initial stop, home to a variety of birds including cuckoos and woodpeckers, before taking a wander around the Tanji Bird Reserve which is the habitat for a number of migratory bird species such as terns and gulls. After a delicious and filling breakfast, you'll then be given a tour of Tanji's famous fishing village where you can absorb all of the colour and chaos of the market and the fish smoking huts.


Six Tours in One

If you're after an all-rounded taste of The Gambia, the Six Tours in One excursion is an ideal daytrip. The tour stops at some of the most famous and impressive attractions in the country, starting at Kachikally Crocodile Pool where you can get up close to these big beasts in a safe environment. Next up is Serrekunda and its market, packed with shops, merchants and craft sellers from across West Africa, before a more relaxed atmosphere is enjoyed at beautiful Lamin Lodge. Shopping at Brikama Craft Market follows before a wonderful lunch at Rainbow Restaurant on Paradise Beach and the opportunity to watch some traditional Gambian wrestling.


Home Cooking Course

Nothing provides a flavour of a country's culture quite like its food, and our home cooking course with the lovely Ida is the perfect way to gain an insight into the culinary prowess of The Gambia. The course takes place at Ida's home in Brufut, but begins with a visit to a local market in Tanji to source ingredients. Back at Ida's, holidaymakers will learn how to cook a traditional Gambian meal before enjoying the delicious results with Ida and her family.


Circle of Life

The Circle of Life tour is one of the many avenues we offer to holidaymakers hoping to visit neighbouring Senegal. This excursion is arguably the most captivating, allowing visitors to get up close to the best of African wildlife at Fathala Nature Reserve, comprising 2000 acres of bush. Throughout the tour, if you're lucky, you can expect to spot the likes of giraffe, rhino, zebra, antelope and buffalo. Be sure to take your camera along!


You can find out more about all of our tours and excursions by visiting our Excursions and Experiences page on our website.

Learn more about the types of holidays you can enjoy in The Gambia by visiting our Holiday Ideas page


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