The Gambia in January

Updated on Oct 27, 2022 by Ella Brundle

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Discover all the rewards of booking a holiday to The Gambia in January, promising a memorable escape to the sun-kissed coast of West Africa.

While the dark, cold evenings and grey, rainy weather make the welcoming of the new year in the UK something of a damp squib, Africa's west coast is brimming with warm sunshine and high temperatures. The Gambia, a perfect winter sun destination, provides some much-welcomed respite from the dreary conditions back in the UK, allowing holidaymakers to start the new year with a bang.

The Gambia in January is a vibrant destination, offering so much to see and do. From discovering the country's exotic wildlife to lazing on the soft sands of its fine range of beaches, The Gambia in January is so rewarding.


The weather

The year-round climate of The Gambia is enough to ensure countless holidaymakers and sun worshippers are drawn to the coast of West Africa, with average highs of 31°C and up to nine hours of sunshine a day. Compare that to London, with a meagre average high of 6°C and up to one hour of sunshine a day, and you'd be forgiven for escaping the UK for a week or two in January.

It's not just the UK that is dwarfed by the remarkable climate of The Gambia in mid-winter, with many of the world's most popular beach holiday destinations experiencing far lower average temperatures than the coast of West Africa.

The beach

The Gambia offers some fantastic beachfront accommodation and long expanses of sand on which to laze. From Cape Point and Kotu Beach, to Bijilo and Sanyang Beach, you'll have plenty of choice along this beautiful coastline.


The laid-back vibe

Christmas and New Year encompass one of the busiest and most tiring periods of the year, so what better way to recharge your batteries than treating yourself to a January holiday in The Gambia? There are so many ways to achieve complete relaxation on the Smiling Coast of Africa. How about relaxing beside your hotel pool, indulging in the treatments offered by your on-site spa or private masseuse, or simply enjoy a drink on the beach as the sunset takes your breath away; The Gambia is ready to rejuvenate you.


Where to stay in The Gambia in January


African Princess Beach Hotel | 4.5 GRADE

A beautiful hotel in South Kotu, the African Princess allows guests to indulge in swim-up guest rooms, alongside a gorgeous beachfront setting - perfect for a relaxing escape. 

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Kombo Beach Hotel | 3.5 GRADE

Amongst the most popular hotels in The Gambia, enjoying a wonderful beachfront location spilling out onto the sands of Kotu Beach. Kombo also benefits from being incredibly friendly, showcasing plenty of activities and entertainment, whilst offering spacious and comfortable rooms.

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Coco Ocean Resort & Spa | LUXURY

A mesmerising member of our Luxury Collection, Coco Ocean is renowned for its elegance and its tranquil character. It's perhaps the hotel's spa that draws the most interest from its guests, a world-class facility promising effortless rejuvenation beside the sands of Bijilo Beach. Beyond the spa, guests will enjoy the choice of a range of fantastic rooms, a variety of restaurant experiences and the service of friendly and attentive staff.

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Tempted by the prospect of a holiday to The Gambia in January or during the winter in general? Take a look at our winter sun holiday ideas, or if you want to know about holidays in general, our dedicated ideas page offers even more inspiration about what The Gambia could offer you.


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