Top reasons to holiday in The Gambia in May and June

Updated on Jun 20, 2018 by Alastair McClymont

Blog > Top reasons to holiday in The Gambia in May and June

Treat yourself to a May or June holiday to The Gambia, both superb times of the year for experiencing the best of this gem of West Africa.

While many will consider The Gambia as perfect for a winter sun holiday escape, we're delighted to be able to showcase this West African gem as a rewarding year-round holiday destination, with each month of the year offering a different and unique impression of the country.

We think there are a number of benefits of holidaying in The Gambia at the end of spring and beginning of summer, presenting a wonderful alternative to holidays in the Mediterranean. From the fantastic weather to the great value enjoyed at this time of year, here are some of our top reasons to holiday in The Gambia in May and June.

The warm weather

Compared to the Mediterranean, The Gambia enjoys some fantastic weather during May and June. May enjoys average temperature highs of 32°C and no rainfall at all, as well as 10 hours of daily sunshine, while the first half of June remains hot and dry. The likes of Majorca, Turkey and Greece experience average temperature highs up to and over 10°C lower than those enjoyed in The Gambia, so if you're a lover of the sunshine, you can't go wrong with West Africa.


The uncrowded beaches

You won't have any trouble finding a quiet spot to soak up that May and June sunshine in The Gambia, as the beaches tend to be very uncrowded at this time of year. From Bijilo and Kotu, to Cape Point and Sanyang, long stretches of deserted sand and practically uninterrupted sunshine will be awaiting your beach towel.


The great value 

May and June present some superb value on holidays to The Gambia, particularly for those looking to combine some unique and rewarding add-ons to their holiday experience. Offering features such as special spa packages and two-night wildlife specials at Fathala Wildlife Reserve, May and June will help you expand your holiday experience, and at a great price.

Find out more about these add-ons by calling our Sales team on 01489 866939.


Experiencing the diverse wildlife

Another perk of visiting The Gambia at a less crowded holiday period, the lack of crowds will allow you to encounter and experience the diverse wildlife that The Gambia is famous for. With less people hoping to tick off the likes of The Gambia's 540 bird species, the famous crocodiles of Kachikally and the variety of monkey species, you and the wildlife can feel relaxed in a peaceful and quiet environment, creating better chances of spotting illusive species.


Wider choice of rooms

During the busier holidaying periods, you may find that your favourite room choice has been fully booked, or at least a restricted range of choice due to high demand. During May and June, fewer tourists equate to greater room choice, so why not treat yourself to an upgrade at one of your chosen hotel's most impressive room categories?

Above: Macondo Suite at Ngala Lodge


The non-stop morning flights

Due to The Gambia being in the same time-zone as the UK, our May and June flight schedule is such that it allows holidaymakers to depart in the morning and be lazing by their hotel pool by mid-afternoon. Our flights are also non-stop, while other airlines or holiday providers are known a stop en route to Banjul. Find out more about our flight information and upgrades now.

Image credit: Piyawat Hirunwaatanasuk | Shutterstock


You can enjoy summer all-inclusive for the first time

Bookable at Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, available in our summer programme for the first-time ever, guests can enjoy the ease and indulgence of an all-inclusive escape. Coral Beach Hotel & Spa enjoys a wonderful beachfront setting, a good variety of primarily buffet-style meals and a stunning infinity pool, amongst many other perks.


The sea and pool temperature

This time of year experiences some of the highest sea and pool water temperatures, making May and June the ideal months for heading out for a swim. Whether that's in the Atlantic Ocean or the slightly smaller hotel pool, there's no better way to refresh yourself during the heat of the day.


Where to stay?

Ngala Lodge

Enjoying a stunning location upon a range of burnished cliffs, overlooking the endless blue of the Atlantic Ocean, best absorbed from a breathtaking infinity pool, Ngala Lodge offers the ultimate in boutique luxury in The Gambia.

Find out more about this hotel now.


Senegambia Hotel

Located at the heart of Kololi, a bustling and exciting resort, and benefiting from its neighbouring beach's recent replenishment initiative, Senegambia Hotel boasts extensive grounds, comfortable rooms and plenty of resident wildlife to spot during your stay.

Find out more about this hotel now.


Cape Point Hotel

Offering fantastic prices from just £499pp, Cape Point Hotel is part of our Classic Collection, presenting spacious rooms, a friendly family-run atmosphere and instant access to the soft sands of Cape Point Beach.

Find out more about this hotel now.


Tempted by the prospect of a holiday to The Gambia in May or June? Take a look at our entire accommodation collection for an idea of which hotels are available at this time of year.


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