What's New in The Gambia this Winter, plus Early Booking Offers

07 September 2012 - The Gambia Experience - Press Office

Celebrating its 25 Year Anniversary of providing holidays and flights to The Gambia this winter, leading tour operator The Gambia Experience is offering a selection of Winter Sun Offers with savings of up to £190pp on holidays in November and December 2012, valid if booked by 30 September 2012.

Sample offers include £150pp discounts on 7 or 14 night all-inclusive stays at the 4 grade Sheraton Gambia Hotel and up to £190pp discounts on 3, 4 or 7 night stays at the award-winning Mandina Lodges at Makasutu. For more on this season’s Early Booking Offers click on www.gambia.co.uk/earlybookingoffers

The Gambia Experience continues to be The Gambia specialist chartering year-round flights from London Gatwick to Banjul with Monarch and offering the widest choice of accommodation, plus tours and cruises – many of which are exclusive to its programme. The tour operator reports that year on year Winter 12/13 bookings are up by 53%.

For more on how The Gambia Experience has evolved since its launch in 1987, the changing faces of its brochure, as well as comment from managing director, Chris Rowles visit www.gambia.co.uk/25years

Highlights of the new November 2012 – October 2013 brochure, incorporating sister travel company The Senegal Experience, include:

NEW: Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project
The Gambia Experience is pleased to welcome back the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project into its ‘Unique Collection’ as from Winter 2012/13. Almost 100 chimpanzees are to be found on Baboon Islands, a group of three islets set within the River Gambia National Park, located inland from the coastal resorts. The Gambia Experience suggests combining a short stay upriver at the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project with another property within its collection.

NEW: Senegal Tours from The Gambia
New for this winter is the chance to add a 3, 5 or 7 night private tour to Senegal to any hotel stay in The Gambia. There is a choice of tours taking in various sights including the Lompoul Desert, the colonial city of Saint-Louis, the Pink Lake, the fishermen at Kayar, Bandia Nature Reserve, Dindéfélo waterfall, Dakar and Gorée Island.

NEW Hotels offering All-Inclusive Holidays
All-inclusive holidays are now more popular than ever in The Gambia and Senegal so this year The Gambia Experience presents more hotels that offer this board basis. The 4 grade Laico Atlantic Beach Hotel and 2 grade Palma Rima Hotel are now based on all-inclusive, with B&B or Half Board options also available, plus the 4 grade Sheraton Gambia Hotel continues as an all-inclusive hotel. The Ocean Bay, Kombo Beach and Kairaba Beach hotels all offer a choice of dining packages. In Senegal the 4 grade Royal Decameron Baobab Resort in La Somone also offers all-inclusive in a prime location beside a beach and lagoon.

Chris Packham Birdwatching Tours
TV presenter Chris Packham will once again lead his annual birdwatching tours for The Gambia Experience in February 2013. With limited places on the trips, there is ample opportunity to learn from Chris’ extensive knowledge of wildlife. Tour supplements start from £425 per person. Additional birdwatching tours, from £195pp, can be booked throughout the winter with Gambian guide Malick Suso – Chris Packham’s ‘local’ guide of choice.

NEW: Sport Fishing in The Gambia
This winter new sport fishing boats will be based in The Gambia. These well-equipped boats will open up new offshore, wreck and river fishing opportunities with marlin, shark, sailfish, dorado and tuna being just a few of the species available. Tarpon fishing in the waters close to Sitanunku Lodge on the north bank – part of The Gambia Experience Unique Collection – will also be possible.

Donating £50,000 to good causes
To commemorate its 25 Year Anniversary this winter, The Gambia Experience is donating £25,000 worth of flights (excluding taxes) and £25,000 worth of funds to UK and Gambian-originating charitable and sustainable projects making a positive difference within The Gambia.
The Gambia Experience is accredited with 5* Sustainable Tourism status from AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) having founded its own School Development Fund in 1989 and for its on-going collaboration with carbon offset schemes.

This winter (2012/13) 7 night holidays to The Gambia start from £499 per person; to Senegal from £843pp, both including flights (with inflight meals & 20kg and 46kg luggage allowance respectively) and transfers. The Gambia Experience is also offering 11 night holidays for the price of 10 (saving up to £98pp) throughout the winter, valid if booking an 11 night single centre 2, 3 or 4 grade hotel with flights from Gatwick or Manchester.

The Gambia Experience product manager Karen Durham said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating our 25th year of providing holidays to The Gambia and donating £50,000 to good causes there. It has been a positive last 12 months with two of our featured properties receiving a National Order of The Gambia and TripAdvisor Award for Excellence. We have every confidence that this winter will be as, if not more, fruitful.”

For more information on holidays to The Gambia and Senegal, visit The Gambia Experience at www.gambia.co.uk or The Senegal Experience at www.senegal.co.uk 
Alternatively call The Gambia Experience Reservations Department on 0845 330 2087 or The Senegal Experience Reservations Department on 0845 338 8706.