Offering expert advice, dedicated group co-ordinators and competitive pricing, our group trips are perfect for schools, private groups and charities. Whether you require flights, single and multi-centre hotel packages, or tailor-made trips with excursions, let us help plan your ideal itinerary.



Why choose The Gambia for your school or college trip?

The Gambia is a fascinating country that is sure to inspire and educate students in a multitude of ways. There are many aspects of the school curriculum that resonate with the culture and ways of life in The Gambia. The country boasts beautiful African art, alongside fascinating religious culture with special places of worship and religious practice. 

Students will be able to understand the impacts of climate change on the country's seasons and environment, with a focus on the coast, fishing, weather and water. With tourism being one of The Gambia's main industries, it is a great insight for students to be able to understand how sustainable development is occurring in the country.

Students can witness family life and compare their homes to that of a typical residential area in The Gambia and they will have the opportunity to meet and converse with locals and visit a local school. The contrasts between food, lifestyles, wants and needs are fascinating, with issues around poverty and the developing world playing an important part in understanding these cultures.



Why book with us?

The Gambia group specialist...

  • Over 35 years of experience, expert advice

  • Dedicated groups team in the UK - we arranged almost 40 groups for 600 passengers last winter

  • 24-hour local support in resort

  • Groups check in and pre-booked seating on aircraft (from Gatwick)

  • Tailor-made itineraries - no arrangement fees

  • Competitive prices / free places

  • Low deposits and flexibility on name changes

  • Specialist guides

School trip to The Gambia.



Sample itinerary

School Cultural Exchange

7 nights


Day 1
Arrival day - absorb a different destination on your airport transfer. Orientation walk and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Cultural excursion
An off-the-beaten-track adventure following the coast and uncovering the Gambian way of life, including a visit to a local compound, craft market, sacred crocodile pool, and fishing village. Stops are made to observe the antics of chattering monkeys and the many exotic and colourful species of birds.

The afternoon is spent at your partner school where you will receive a warm Gambian welcome from the students and teachers.

Day 3 - A day as a Gambian student
Enjoy the day with your partner school. Pay a courtesy call to the local village Chief and Alkalo to introduce yourself and learn about the village hierarchy. Then get immersed into Gambian school life, taking part in the day's classes.

Day 4 - Makasutu Forest excursion
Visit the Makasutu Cultural Forest, a palm forest situated on a beautiful meandering tributary of the River Gambia. The morning is spent exploring the mangroves in dugout canoes followed by a nature walk through the forest hoping to catch a glimpse of a few monkeys, monitor lizards and possibly even baboons. After an African lunch, members of the Jola tribe will come to demonstrate their dancing and you will have the chance to join in.

Day 5 - Volunteeting
Support your partner school with a day of volunteering. From planting a vegetable patch, to painting a mural on a school wall, we can tailor-make your volunteering day to suite yours and your Gambian partner's requirements.

Day 6 - At leisure
Day at leisure in your hotel. 

Day 7 - Farewells
Once more spend the day with your partner school, taking part in classes or finish your volunteering project. In the afternoon, it will be time to say your goodbyes and enjoy the farewell celebrations.

Day 8 
Departure day.






We have worked with The Gambia Experience for the past 15 years. The service and support we have received both in the UK and in The Gambia has always been excellent. They completely understand the needs of school groups.

Bev Hodt, Project Gambia



Recommended hotels for school and college groups



Beach outside Palm Beach Hotel, Kotu, The Gambia

Palm Beach Hotel

A value for money hotel and a popular choice for groups, the Palm Beach is a lively and colourful beachfront hotel, situated on the edge of Kotu.


African Village

A relaxed hotel at the water's edge, African Village offers simple accommodation with a warm welcome in the heart of bustling Bakau. Perfect for groups on a budget.


Enticing freeform pool at renovated Kombo Beach Hotel, Kotu, The Gambia

Kombo Beach Hotel

A lively hotel with ample facilities and a fantastic beachfront location, the Kombo Beach is a popular choice for groups wanting a comfortable stay. 

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I can honestly say that the support we received from The Gambia Experience and the staff at the hotel was first rate.

Robert Thompson, Colfes School

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