Chris Rowles joined The Gambia Experience over 23 years ago as General Manager, becoming Managing Director some 10 years later. He visited The Gambia for the first time not long after joining the company and was immediately struck by what an exciting and different holiday destination it is, while being a safe and easy introduction to Africa.

Chris grew up in Holland but now lives in Hampshire where The Gambia Experience’s head office is based.

“I love the variety of landscapes here and living close to the sea but I often don’t like the weather. I love skiing and I always miss mountains when I’m at home or elsewhere. Another passion is sailing which I enjoy both here in Hampshire and in The Gambia.”

Over the years, Chris has seen a gradual increase in the number of hotels in The Gambia but, as he explains, “they are all low-rise and in keeping with the destination, which is still relatively undeveloped although there are more tarmac roads and street lights than there used to be. And there’s now an emerging Gambian middle-class.

I’ve visited The Gambia over 100 times yet I always look forward to the variety of excellent food that is available, meeting people I know, their friendliness and enthusiasm – even when times are difficult.

I also look forward to visiting new parts of the country and getting new experiences – which is still easy even after so many visits!”

Chris is undoubtedly one of The Gambia’s biggest fans. In the following blog posts he shares the latest news and updates from his visits to the Smiling Coast.

A message from our MD - a bright future

I have just returned from a busy working trip to The Gambia and my first thoughts are ‘what a difference a year makes'.

Celebrating over 30 years in partnership, Kombo Beach, Kotu, The Gambia

Autumn update from our MD - October 2017

A Gambia update following our MD's most recent visit to the country as hotels prepare for the forthcoming season.

A message from our MD - a new dawn

Chris discusses our exciting new brochure launch and positive times for The Gambia.

A message from our MD - recent events in The Gambia

Having spent last week in The Gambia, our managing director, Chris, has a positive outlook for the future.

A message from our MD - November 2016

Chris returns to The Gambia to see what changes have been made over the summer within the hotels and welcomes the reopening of Sunbeach Hotel.

A message from our MD - May 2016

With the winter season well underway, Chris returns to The Gambia & reports on how tourism is booming as visitors enjoy the beautiful weather and friendly welcome.

Flying in comfort with Titan and our new Star Service

Chris, our MD, and Karen, our Gambia product manager, return to The Gambia to visit our hotels and experience the new Titan Airways flights.

Infinity pool at Ngala Lodge

A Silver Lining

Chris announces a new airline flying from Gatwick to The Gambia and new additions to our Luxury Collection.

Kombo Beach Hotel

School Groups and Travel Agents Visit The Gambia

With the new winter season now officially underway, it’s great to see holidaymakers heading to The Gambia to enjoy the delights of the smiling coast.

OPEN for business as usual!

Although only present in three of 18 West African countries, The Gambia is at risk of becoming an unfortunate victim of belonging to West Africa - despite being completely Ebola free.

Giving Something Back

The Gambia Experience celebrates 25 years of providing holidays to The Gambia by funding 25 innovative charitable projects in The Gambia.

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the beauty of The Gambia

Endless reasons to visit The Gambia

Sandy Kotu beach at Kombo Beach Hotel

Fantastic weather

The Gambia combines near-uninterrupted daily sunshine, long sunshine hours, temperatures in the late 20s/early 30s, a cooling sea breeze and, from November to June, almost no rainfall...

Pool view at White Horse Residence, Batokunku, The Gambia

Wide range of flights & hotels

As the UK's only Gambia specialists we can offer true destination knowledge, the widest range of year-round flights and the broadest choice of hotels, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

A specialist resort team

Our dedicated team in The Gambia are on hand to make sure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. They're there to reassure you and to answer any questions you may have.

The creek at Mandina

Something Unique

We've explored The Gambia and found the finest properties available - most of which are exclusive to us. We're on hand to make sure you find the best hotel for your holiday of a lifetime.

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Airplane in flight

No Time Difference from UK

No need to suffer jet lag – The Gambia is on the same time zone as the UK and flights are under 6 hours.

Customer Care Team
on hand to answer your queries or concerns

We have a dedicated team available to answer any of your questions
about travelling to The Gambia this winter.

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You have a team to be proud of! Very professional and friendly at all times.

Miss Dillon – Guest – Kombo Beach