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10 Travel Things About Banjul, The Gambia

Banjul, The Gambia

A bright, vibrant jewel on the West African coast, this country is a geographic curiosity. It is Africa’s smallest nation. Banjul is situated on St Mary’s island at the mouth of the Gambia River.

Getting There

Banjul International Airport or the Ferry service.

Getting Around

Car hire at the airport, taxis, bicycles and quad bikes.

Where to Stay

Try out these options: Laico Atlantic, Ngala Lodge or the Carlton hotel which is a cheaper alternative.

Eating Out

Ngala restaurant has a great view of the Atlantic. Karsten’s Smiling Coast restautant is certainly worth trying. The Clay Oven in Bakau is described as the best Indian restaurant.

Things to Do

Wander the streets of Banjul to see examples of Arabian influence. War Memorial, Arch on Independence Drive and ofcourse the International Roots Festival.


Albert Market on Liberation Avenue is the place to be.

About Town

African Heritage Center, King Fahad Mosque and Oyster Creek are great places to see.

History & Culture

Formerly named Bathurst, its history includes being chosen as a NASA space shuttle emergency landing area. The Banjul International Airport was originally a World War 2 Allied airfield.


English is the official language in schools and public offices but Wolof is widely spoken. Due to its proximity to Senegal, you will find people are fluent in French too.

One Last Thing

The Banjul Challenge is a banger rally that ran from England, Spain, Morocco and through the Sahara to Banjul. It follows a similar route to the more famous banger event, the “Dakar Rally.”

Miriro Matema
Miriro Matema is the Chief Editor of Nomad Africa and EA Magazine. She is a seasoned marketing consultant, dynamic publishing entrepreneur and travel enthusiast.

Twitter – @miriromatema


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