Introduction to The Gambia


A small country where you're met by a BIG smile, The Gambia didn't get its nickname 'the Smiling Coast' without good reason. With golden, uncrowded, palm-backed beaches, memorable wildlife experiences on your doorstep, fantastic cuisine to get stuck into and not forgetting the year-round sunshine and temperatures in the 30s, welcome to The Gambia...

Enjoy the sunshine

Whether you prefer a summer sun or winter sun holiday, The Gambia has you covered. With year-round temperatures comfortably in the 30s and uninterrupted sunshine between November and May, whether you like to explore during a holiday or simply relax, you're sure to get your dose of vitamin D.

Find out more about the weather in The Gambia in our guide

Try the local food and drink 

From peanut-based domoda and chicken yassa through to juice from the baobab tree and much more, traditional Gambian cuisine is a real treat for your taste buds. Whether you choose to try your favourites at a local restaurant or have a go at making your own during one of our excursions, you're sure to enjoy the variety of flavours. 

Traditional Gambian food and drink on the blog

Mandina Lodges, Makasutu Forest

Considering your first Gambia holiday? 

If you're keen to know more about The Gambia and what to expect as a first time visitor, we've got you covered.

Top 10 things to do for first-time visitors

How much do things cost? 

Want to know more about the value for money in resort? Find out more in our guide.  

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