Top 5 reasons to visit The Gambia

FEATURED Updated on Feb 28, 2023 by Alastair McClymont

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Here's just a small selection of reasons why we love the smiling coast of West Africa, and exactly why you should visit The Gambia.

While you need few reasons to convince yourself it’s time for your next holiday, deciding where exactly to go can be a painstaking process. Here at The Gambia Experience, there’s only ever one option we’d choose. And yes, though we may be biased, it is for good reason. Superb climate, friendly locals, quiet beach resorts and diverse wildlife are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reasoning behind holidays to The Gambia. Still need convincing? Many people ask us, 'what is The Gambia like?' To give you a flavour, here are five of our top reasons to visit The Gambia for your next holiday.


1. The warmth of winter sunshine

When dreary weather hits the UK, The Gambia experiences almost uninterrupted sunshine and practically zero rainfall. In fact, from November to June, holidaymakers can experience average maximum temperatures in the low-30s, and this is one of the best times to go to The Gambia. The Gambia is a fantastic winter sun destination – especially if you base yourself in one of our beachfront hotels.


2. A diverse range of accommodation

While stays beside the sand and sea are certainly tempting, you can enjoy a myriad of accommodation options during holidays in The Gambia. Whether it’s 5-star luxury holidays, 2-star comfort, a lodge floating on the River Gambia or a stylish eco-retreat; this range of quality accommodation will suit all manner of holiday makers.

Mandina Lodge in The Gambia


3. A soft introduction to Africa

In many countries in Africa, the multi-sensory, vibrant atmosphere which accompanies day-to-day life can prove slightly overwhelming, or certainly not rejuvenating. In The Gambia however, you’ll encounter a more relaxed, laid-back pace of life. Culture shocks are commonplace when visiting developing countries, but the friendly locals will put you at ease as soon as you see their big smiles. In addition to this, the official language of Gambia is English, ensuring communicative ease and even access to English-language newspapers!

Smiling locals in The Gambia


4. Feeling anonymous on the beach

When the summer season arrives, a typical holidaymaker will flock to the beaches of the Canary Islands, the south of Spain or the Caribbean. Unfortunately everybody else has the same idea, and this often results in crowded beaches and resorts. In The Gambia, it isn’t unusual to have the beach almost exclusively to yourself. And given that the country enjoys year-round sunshine, there’s no need to wait until the peak months to get your fill of sand, sun and sea.

Find out more about beach holidays in The Gambia now.

Idyllic beach on holidays to The Gambia


5. Time is on your side

It may come as a surprise to some, but The Gambia functions on the same time zone as the UK. This ensures your holiday doesn’t lose a day or two as you battle with jet lag. In addition to this, a flight time to The Gambia of just six hours will allow you to enjoy breakfast in the UK and be sat by the pool with a drink by mid-afternoon. And with a range of activities, excursions and destinations to discover, you’ll want to make the most of your time in The Gambia.



Find your perfect holiday with The Gambia Experience; we’ve got a number of holiday ideas you can consider, ensuring you can tailor your perfect Gambian adventure with us.

Are there any factors that see you revisiting The Gambia every year? Let us know by commenting below.


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