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Gambia Flag The Republic of The Gambia is a country in western Africa. The Gambia generally follows the path of the Gambia River, and is completely surrounded by Senegal except for a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of Gambia was estimated as being 2,108,665. The country's capital is Banjul (formerly known as Bathurst) had a population of only 34,828 as of 2003, however it is part of a larger district, known as the Great Banjul Area which includes both the City of Banjul and Kanifing Municipal Council, which in 2003 had a total population of 357,238. The largest city in the Gambia is Serekunda (sometimes also spelled Serrekunda), which as of 2006, had a population of 335,733.

Gambia Country Details


Country Name The Gambia
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Flag Gambia Flag
Principal Language English
Capital Banjul


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The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Philip Briggs

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (240 pages)

The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guides)
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Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia and its resort-dotted coastline offer perhaps the closest English-speaking ‘winter sun’ destination from Europe. The interior, dominated by the lush jungle-fringed Gambia River, is home to plentiful birds and monkeys, time-warped traditional villages and mysterious megalithic sites. Bradt’s The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa’s most welcoming and safest country, alongside detailed coverage of the many new eco-lodges and informed advice on the country’s bird watching possibilities.

 

The Rough Guide to Gambia 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
By Emma Gregg & Rough Guides

Brand: Rough Guides
Paperback (320 pages)

The Rough Guide to Gambia 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
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The Rough Guide to The Gambia is the most comprehensive guide to Africa’s most accessible country. This second edition, the result of detailed on-the-ground research, reports on exciting new developments including beautiful eco-retreats and imaginative wildlife conservation projects where visitors can see birds, monkeys and chimps at close range. Detailed maps and plans are complemented by expert and upbeat guidance on the beaches, villages and music, the mangrove creeks and the River Gambia itself. There are first-hand reviews of all the best accommodation, restaurant and bar options in the country, both on and off the beaten track, for everyone from shoestring travellers to luxury tourists. The guide is also full of trademark candid insights into Gambian history, politics, music, language and culture.
The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (256 pages)

The Gambia (Bradt Travel Guide)
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With 16 well-researched chapters and 26 useful maps, this new thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s The Gambia remains the most comprehensive guide available in any language to what is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Significant development has taken place in recent years and this new edition offers all the latest updates, including new restaurants and hotels, detailed coverage of the many new eco lodges and camps that have sprung up, information on festivals, music workshops and opportunities to experience the unique local culture, and informed advice about birdwatching possibilities in a country very popular with first-time birders to Africa. As well as encompassing the popular coastal resorts, the guide also provides all the detailed information required to explore the relatively undeveloped interior, making it ideal for both visitors on organised packaged holidays and independent travellers alike.

Bradt’s The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa’s most welcoming and safest country with its plethora of beach resorts - catering to all tastes and budgets - that line the 80km stretch of tropical coastline running from the capital Banjul to the remote southern border. Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia offers perhaps the closest English-speaking ‘winter sun’ destination from Europe and is also an emerging destination for adventure activities such as kayaking, mountain bike tours, quad biking and parachuting. Justifiably popular with birdwatchers, the lush mangrove- and jungle-fringed river is also home to crocodiles, hippos, chimpanzees and a variety of monkeys. Historic attractions include the mysterious megalithic stone circles at Wassu and Ker Batch, and the fortified James Island and former slave-trading village of Juffureh (to where Alex Haley traced his ancestry in the book and TV programme Roots) - all of which form part of the country's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer rich pickings to moderately adventurous travellers.

All in all, Bradt’s The Gambia is the perfect companion for discovering this safe, welcoming and decidedly tourist-friendly English-speaking country which makes for an ideal short-stay introduction to the unique atmosphere of Africa.
Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Katharina Kane

Lonely Planet
Paperback (328 pages)

Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Multi Country Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet's 4th edition of The Gambia & Senegal will take you from the arid desert lands of the north to the lush tropical forests in the south, and from the capital cities of Dakar and Banjul to the more remote Bassari country. Go lion spotting in the Parc National de Niokolo-Koba or hike around the beautifully conserved Abuko Nature Reserve.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

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Dedicated chapters on birdwatching and music
Customised itineraries take you up the coast or down the river
Unique Green Index highlights the best ecofriendly options
Senegal 1:740,000 & Gambia 1:340,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

ITMB Publishing, Ltd.
Map (2 pages)

Senegal 1:740,000 & Gambia 1:340,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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Double sided map covers Senegal (including Gambia). Includes insets of street maps of Dakar and Banjul and a place name index. Legend includes roads by classification, airport, ferry, bus station, gas station, telephone, post office, hospital, point of interest archeological site, fort, museum lodging border crossing and more.
Wolof: A communication guide for travelers to The Gambia and Senegal
By Jack Alderliefste

Independently published
Paperback (50 pages)

Wolof: A communication guide for travelers to The Gambia and Senegal
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Quite rightly Senegal and The Gambia become more popular as holiday destination every year. It’s affordable and yet the real Africa. The author offers you the challenge to speak the colloquial language before you’ll reach Yundum Airport near Banjul or Leopold II in Dakar. Your flying time (6 hours from Heathrow) is all the time you need. Wolof is spoken by all different ethnic groups. Why? Because it’s easy! Learn the few rules and apply them to the common verbs en substantives. Once arrived you will see that you are ‘outstanding in the crowd’ and will be treated differently… Wolof for each moment! The market, restaurant, your hotel, up country or the local disco. This guide provides many ready-to-use examples and a word for word translation to unveil the structure of the language and give you the Woolof –feel.
Mandinka: A communication guide for travelers to The Gambia and Senegal
By Jack Alderliefste

Independently published
Paperback (66 pages)

Mandinka: A communication guide for travelers to The Gambia and Senegal
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Quite rightly The Gambia becomes more popular as holiday destination every year. It’s affordable and yet the real Africa. The author offers you the challenge to speak the colloquial language before you’ll reach Yundum Airport near Banjul. Your flying time (6 hours from Heathrow) is all the time you need. Mandinka is spoken by all different ethnic groups. Why? Because it’s easy! Learn the few rules and apply them to the common verbs en substantives. Once arrived you will see that you are ‘outstanding in the crowd’ and will be treated differently… Mandinka for each moment! The market, restaurant, your hotel, up country or the local disco. This guide provides many ready-to-use examples and a word for word translation to unveil the structure of the language and give you the Mandinka–feel.
A Field Guide to Birds of The Gambia and Senegal
By Clive Barlow

Yale University Press
Paperback (408 pages)

A Field Guide to Birds of The Gambia and Senegal
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This comprehensive book is the first field guide to the birds of The Gambia and Senegal, an area of West Africa popular with birders for its many tropical African birds. The guide provides full accounts of over 660 bird species and depicts nearly all of these in 48 beautiful color plates. 
“A first-rate book that is a fine contribution to bird literature. For the birder who has everything, this makes a great gift.”—Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist
"A beautiful, succinct and very useful guide to the region's bird life."—Clay E. Corbin, Quarterly Review of Biology
The Gambia: Land of the Mandinka (Travelling Solo) (Volume 3)
By Ms Susan Rogers

M S Susan Rogers
Paperback (114 pages)

The Gambia: Land of the Mandinka (Travelling Solo) (Volume 3)
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This third book in the Travelling Solo series, not only covers a single week in The Gambia, but reflections on previous visits. In the first book, Vietnam: Journey of Unexpected Delights, the author, who thought she was joining a tour group, unintentionally found that she was travelling solo. What could have been a lonely and stressful holiday, turned out to be a magical experience, such that she has specifically chosen to travel solo ever since. Like the other two books in the series, this travelogue will not only inspire you to travel solo, but absorb you into the culture and experiences of The Gambia. It is witty, informative, colourful and insightful, both of the region and the solo traveller. It paints a vivid picture of the places visited and the people encountered along the way, in a frank and humorous manner. You will meet Velcro Man and Mr and Mrs Arrogant as the author searches for the elusive White Egret. This is not a travel guide, although it would make a fine travel companion for anyone visiting the region.

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