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Gambia Holidays

Gambia…The Smiling Coast of Africa!

Holidays in The Gambia

Gambia is a small West African country bordered by Senegal on three sides with a narrow Atlantic coastline and is known as ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa’ thanks to the warm and friendly welcome you’ll receive from the locals. Gambia is perfect for laid-back beach holidays on endless, uncrowded swathes of golden sands alongside the 50-mile-long shoreline. You’ll also get to experience the country’s rich and diverse history, amazing natural beauty, thrilling activities, eclectic wildlife, and authentic cuisine. And, what’s more, Gambia is only just over six hours flying time from the UK and is on the same time-zone, so no jet-lag!

When is the best time to visit Gambia? Gambia offers a sub-tropical climate with between six to 12 hours of daily sunshine throughout the year and average monthly temperatures between 24oC and 27oC. The country also has two distinct seasons – the dry season from November to May and the wet season from June to October.

Where is the best place to stay in Gambia? Discover an array of places to stay in Gambia to suit every budget. Beach-lovers flock to the main resorts of the long-established Kololi and the vibrant and newly developed Kotu, while nature lovers can check into floating lodges on the River Gambia. Whether you’re seeking bed and breakfast, self-catering, half-board, or all-inclusive; Hays Travel will find you the best accommodation for your Gambia holiday.

Travel guide

The Gambia is popular with all ages and tastes including families, couples, friends, and single travellers.  From sun-worshippers and activity fans to avid explorers and culture enthusiasts, holidays to Gambia have something for everyone.

  • Best time to visit: November-May
  • Average flight time: 6 Hours 20 Minutes
  • Most suited for: Couples
  • Currency: Gambian Dalasi
  • Time Difference: -1 Hour


Spend a relaxing morning or afternoon enjoying the African sunshine and swimming in the azure ocean that laps the golden stretches of sands in the vibrant resorts of Kololi and Katu. If you’re seeking splendid isolation, escape to the less-crowded and secluded beaches at Cape Point and Brufut. City-wise you can head to the capital Banjul on St Mary’s Island, where Gambia meets the Atlantic Ocean – here you can admire the colonial buildings like the Gambia National Museum, shop for local handicrafts at lively Albert Market, and admire the architectural marvel of Arch 22, the gateway to the city. 



Tee off in the sunshine on the fairways of Koloki Golf Course and Fajara Golf Club. With over 600 species of birds indigenous to Gambia, it’s a birdwatcher’s delight, so don’t forget your binoculars. Follow the walking trails through Abuko Nature Reserve to spot Vervet, Western Red Colobus, and Patas Monkeys. Get up close to the 100 crocodiles who live in Katchikally Crocodile Pool and take a relaxing cruise past birds, wildlife, and mangroves on the Gambia River. Head to Bakau to pick up woodcarvings at the craft market or see how fabrics are made on a visit to Serekunda Batik Factory. Delve into the nation’s rich and vivid history at the iconic Kunta Kinteh Island, Wassu Stone Circles, and Fort Bullen.

food and drink

Food & Drink

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of The Gambia. From traditional Gambian dishes to international cuisines like Italian, Chinese, Indian, and Lebanese; the dining scene is a fusion of flavours that will delight your palate. Typical dishes you’ll see on local menus include Akara (black-eyed pea fritters), Benachin (one pot stew with fish or chicken), Domoada (peanut-based dish), freshly-baked Talapa bread, and Yassa (chillies, limes, onions, mustard, and stock) with beef, fish, prawns, or vegetables. Non-alcoholic drinks to sample include Baobab Juice and Wonjo Juice and also the mildly-alcoholic Palm Wine.


Average monthly temperature in The Gambia (°C)

  • Jan 24°C
  • Feb 26°C
  • Mar 26°C
  • Apr 25°C
  • May 26°C
  • Jun 27°C
  • Jul 26°C
  • Aug 26°C
  • Sep 26°C
  • Oct 27°C
  • Nov 27°C
  • Dec 25°C
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