Earlier this year, The Gambia Volunteers Trust held the 2nd Bajana International Marathon, which is now set to become an exciting, annual running and cultural festival.
Runners in the 2014 5km race, held in Bajana, Foni Berefet, came from The Gambia, UK, USA, Austria and Germany and included US Embassy staff, VSO and Peace Corps members, as well as the British Deputy Ambassador to The Gambia, George Sherriff.
The Challenge for 2015
The 3rd Bajana run, which will cover the longer distance of 10 kilometres, will be held on 4th April 2015. One of a new breed of races, the Bajana 10k, combines charity and travel, so visiting competitors can literally shake hands with the recipients of the money they have raised and see funded projects in action. There’s no minimum donation requirement, although most runners do aim to raise money for Gambia Volunteers’ nursery building projects in deprived communities. This charity run takes place in the village of Bajana, along the Trans-Gambia highway. It is a road run which starts from Somita Village ending at Bajana, enabling runners to see rural Gambia, while being cheered on by villagers along the way.
The Gambia Volunteers have challenged companies, business owners and those working for companies to sign up to Bajana 10k and fundraise at work towards the up-coming 2015 Bajana 10k. It is a great way to support the charity and have a fantastic holiday visiting charity projects as well as tourist attractions still with plenty of time for relaxing by the pool or beach if you wish.
Holiday Packages with The Gambia Experience
We are delighted to offer runners and supporters the following packages including transfers to and from the race as well as some popular excursions. Those who cannot run the Bajana 10k can still book the package; they can come to the race village and watch traditional Gambian cultural shows.
Palm Beach (Grade 2) from £799pp
Aptly named, due to its fantastic beachfront location and tropical palms, Palm Beach is a lively and colourful hotel and a good value option for a holiday in The Gambia. The helpful staff really make this hotel, along with the sociable and informal atmosphere. This package is for a standard room without air-conditioning.
Kombo Beach (Grade 3.5) from £919pp
Situated on long stretch of sandy beach, this is a well-established, lively hotel which has a full-time entertainment team and plenty of activities throughout the day and evening to keep you occupied. However, with the beach just a few steps away and spacious gardens, there is plenty of space to lay back and relax if you prefer. This package is for a standard room, with air-conditioning included.
The Kairaba (Grade 5) from £1,179pp
A well-established property in spacious tranquil gardens. The appeal of The Kairaba lies in the serene atmosphere and prime location in the popular resort of Kololi, The Gambia’s largest and liveliest resort, with its many bars and restaurants only a stone’s throw away. This package is for a deluxe room, with air-conditioning included.
- 4 wheel drive excursion (Tuesday), Roots excursion (Thursday)
- Transport to and from the race and a visit to The Gambia Volunteers nursery project
- 7 nights accommodation, return flights from Gatwick departing 31st March 2015, 20kg hold luggage allowance, in-flight meals, airport transfers
Prices above are per person, based on two people sharing. Standard terms and conditions apply.
What’s not included
- Entry to the race, which should be independently booked with The Gambia Volunteers
- A donation to The Gambia Volunteers
Please note that The Gambia Experience shall not be liable for any aspect s of the Bajana race, including changes or cancelations.
So what’s stopping you? Grab your running shoes and discover The Gambia!
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