Top reasons to holiday in The Gambia in May and June

Updated on Jun 28, 2023 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 you and 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 free room upgrades at Coco Ocean Resort & Spa and Ocean Bay Hotel, and two-night wildlife specials at Fathala Wildlife Reserve during May, early summer 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 during a less crowded holiday period is that the lack of crowds will allow you to encounter and experience the diverse wildlife that The Gambia is famous for. With fewer people hoping to tick off some of The Gambia's 600+ 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 elusive species.


Wider choice of rooms

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

Above: Macondo Suite at Ngala Lodge


The direct 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 then be lazing by their hotel pool by mid-afternoon. Our flights are also direct, while other airlines or holiday providers all stop en route to Banjul between May and October. 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

Available at Labranda Coral Beach Resort, available in our summer programme for the first time ever, guests can enjoy the ease and indulgence of an all-inclusive escape. Labranda Coral Beach Resort 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?


African Princess Beach Hotel

New to our programme for 2019, the 4-star African Princess Beach Hotel enjoys a wonderful setting along the stunning beach in South Kotu, consisting of superb facilities including a swim-up room option and plenty of avenues for relaxation and indulgence.

Please note: no children under 12 are allowed to stay at this hotel.

Find out more about this hotel now.


Ngala Lodge

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

Find out more about this hotel now.


Senegambia Hotel

A bustling and exciting resort located in the heart of Kololi, 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 easy 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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