Visiting The Gambia in October

Updated on Jul 10, 2023 by Ella Brundle

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There are many reasons to visit The Gambia in October, the main season is just beginning, and The Gambia is starting to come to life after the rainy season, so there is much beauty to be found.

If you are looking for an October getaway, perhaps something to extend the summer, look no further than The Gambia which offers both adult-only and family holidays.

The Gambia boasts lush green forests, golden sand beaches, fabulous hotels, and friendly locals. As October marks the transition from the rainy season to the dry season, with around eight hours of sunshine time each day and temperatures reaching around 30°C. As gloomy Autumn days approach in Europe, take a break and enjoy some winter sun instead.

For wildlife lovers, October is a great time to visit The Gambia, the landscapes are lush and green and there is much bird activity to see. If you want to experience more wildlife, head over to Fathala Wildlife Reserve in neighbouring Senegal where a true adventure awaits! Head on out in safari jeeps with the chance to see some fantastic animals such as giraffes, zebra, rhinos, and antelope – day trips or longer stays are possible.

October is the ideal time to visit the River Gambia, you can hop onto a riverboat cruise for the 'Lazy Day Cruise' and sail the waterways and lifeline of The Gambia. On this cruise, you will have the chance to spot amazing birdlife, soak up the warm African sunshine and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch before an afternoon of relaxing or even fishing. There also kayaking tours to choose from should you want a slightly more intimate experience in a smaller group.

October is a great time for families to visit this wonderful West African country, make the most of the half term, and enjoy a week of sunshine with all the family. Visiting in half term is the perfect way to top up the Vitamin D and a chance for children to soak up the culture and sights of this fascinating country, known as the Smiling Coast of Africa due to the friendly locals who will make any visit a memorable one.

An excellent family hotel is Kombo Beach, a charming hotel with friendly staff, delicious food, and spacious rooms. The location of the hotel is second to none, with a stunning golden sand beach that stretches on and on, children will love playing along the shoreline or in the hotel’s pool.

For couples looking for a romantic getaway during October half term, Ngala Lodge is a fantastic choice for a chic holiday by the beach. This quirky hotel is full of tranquil spots to relax, a stunning infinity pool with views out over the Atlantic Ocean, and an outstanding restaurant. This is a wonderful child-free sanctuary for those who can only get away during term times.

Find more great family hotels to choose from here and discover the perfect winter sun holiday this October in The Gambia.


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