We are often asked, ‘When is the best time of year to go to The Gambia?’ With temperatures around 30°C year-round, the short, simple answer would be ‘anytime!’
To help you pick the best time of year to go for you, however, we’d like to share the long answer.
The Gambia in the winter and early spring
Imagine soaking up the African sunshine in the middle of winter, sipping a cool Julbrew with your feet in the sand, before cooling off in the pool. While Europe is in the grips of winter, this is a wonderful time to visit West Africa. Why not escape to the sun for Christmas and New Year? Many hotels host extravagant gala dinners (included in your holiday package price).
From December, right through to April, there is an average of nine to 10 hours of sunshine, with average highs between 31°C and 34°C. Keep in mind though that the evenings can sometimes be a little chilly, especially during December and January. Dining outside, beneath the stars is generally still very pleasant, but do bring a light jacket with you just in case. March is the hottest month of the year – it’s simply sizzling!
This is the main tourist season in The Gambia, but even at its height, the sandy beaches are never crowded.
Find our more about holidays in The Gambia for Christmas and the New Year.
The Gambia in late spring
This is the perfect time to visit if you prefer things a little quieter. In May, average temperatures reach a high of around 32°C. Humidity slowly starts to rise but there is still no rain. There are fewer flights and fewer tourists. Some hotels and restaurants close but many remain open and the beaches are wonderfully quiet.
Most of June remains dry, with long hours of sunshine, but by the end of the month there is usually some rain in the form of the occasional shower and humidity is higher.
And in 2017, Ramadan starts towards on the end of May, ending with the Koriteh celebrations on 27th June - an interesting time to visit.
The Gambia in the summer
It’s a degree or two cooler in July and August, with six hours of sunshine on average each day. This is the start of the green season, with rain most frequent at night. Showers during the day are usually of short duration with the sun soon coming out again.
We find that the rain has little impact on most people’s holidays - many love the quieter atmosphere and seeing The Gambia burst into colour, becoming lush and green and teaming with wildlife.
July also sees the July 22nd anniversary celebrations, with official parades and cultural performances.
The temperature starts to rise a little in September with an average high of 31°C and you’ll find the sea, and indeed the pool water, wonderfully warm.
In 2017 the celebration of Tobaski (Feast of Sacrifice), when everyone will be in high spirits, will be held on 1st September.
Check out which hotels are ideal for summer holidays in The Gambia.
The Gambia in autumn
Humidity is still high in October, with very warm evenings - a real contrast to the decreasing temperatures back in the UK. The countryside is still lush and green, but as autumn unfolds, both rain and humidity levels start to decrease – rain is almost unheard of in November. And throughout October and November there are long hours of glorious sunshine.
While most prefer to holiday in The Gambia during winter, the summer offers a great alternative to the crowded resorts of the Mediterranean, and there is something really quite spectacular about the green season with its brief, tropical storms, lush plant life and an astounding number of colourful birds in their breeding plumage.
Visit our website today to see our full range of holidays to The Gambia throughout the year.
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