The Gambia is only a small country and it does remain something of an undiscovered gem, but it is a great destination for a winter sun holiday with its mix of beautiful and uncrowded beaches and African culture.
The Gambia has a rich and varied history and a wide range of landscapes all of which are worth seeing in your time there. The Gambia’s small size and the willingness of the people to help generally means all these places are readily accessible and you'll find you are welcomed with open arms.
When you’re planning for a holiday in Gambia or are actually in the country itself, it could be easy, once you’re caught up in the blissful ease of beach life, to forget you’re actually in Africa! Well if you’ve come this far why not see more of the country and explore its fascinating culture, history and landscape?
A common factor in all accounts of time spent in The Gambia is the extraordinary friendliness of the people there. It's not called the smiling coast of Africa for nothing!
Language-wise you'll find that most Gambians are at least bilingual, with many speaking more than 2 languages, and being a former British colony the level of English is uniformly excellent.
There are many tribes within The Gambia, but the main ones are Mandinka, Wolof, Fula and Jola, each having its own language and traditions. Dress is varied but always bright and colourful and some of the complicated plaited hairstyles are a work of art, often taking up to two days to complete.
It's quite common for Gambians to invite you into their homes or compound and it's an experience we recommend as it provides some real insight into the Gambian way of life.
During the years, Kombo Beach has become the front runner in the Gambian hotel industry when it comes to addressing environmental concerns.
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