The Republic of Gambia Africa is a relatively small country of 4,363 square miles. It's located in the region of West Africa, starting along the coast and stretches inward, away from the shore. The country gained its independence from Britain in 1965 and celebrates its independence day every year on February 18th. With a population of nearly 2 million people, Gambia's primary language is English. Tourism in the Gambia is surprisingly robust for such a small country and is the wealtiest industry.
The capital of Gambia is a city called Banjul and it is known to be one of the smallest cities in all of Africa. Located on St. Mary's Island, the city is at the mouth of the Gambia River. Visitors to this area are in for a treat as Banjul is always bustling and full of life. Gambia people are usually friendly and happy to stop what they are doing and talk to visitors.
Major attractions in the area include the famous MacCarthy Square and the War Memorial & Fountain that is located nearby. The memorial is in remembrance of King George VI, who ruled the British monarchy around the year 1937. Other attractions include the National Museum and the African Heritage Centre.
The country of Gambia Africa has a very low threat for terrorism but the southern part of the country does border the area of Casamance in southern Senegal, which is known to have conflicts from time to time, so roadblocks and checkpoints are throughout the country. It is advised that if you are traveling by road that you do not reverse or turn around to avoid a checkpoint as you may be considered hostile.
Like many other African nations, the country of Gambia is primarily Islamic and it is recommended that visitors to this area do some basic research on customary behavior to avoid offending residents and officials. It is also wise that gay visitors of Gambia be aware that acts and ideals of homosexuality are considered a felony, so if traveling with your partner be sure to avoid public displays of affection. Just chalk it up to respecting the local customs and laws.
Language(s): English, Gambian
Currency: Dalasi (GMD)
Electricity Voltage: 220V
Calling Code: 220
Popular Travel Destinations:
- The Abuko Nature Reserve & Brikama Wood Carving Centre
- Tendaba Camp
Official Website: www.visitthegambia.gm
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.