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Serekunda & the Atlantic Coast

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Crime rates in Serekunda are low; however, tourists, and especially women, will have to deal with the constant hustling by ‘bumsters’. Be firm but polite when you decline any unwanted offers, and to be safe, rely on the services of the official tourist guides (OTGs) based outside Kairaba Hotel. Women should always avoid going to beaches on their own.

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While you're there

Medical services

Medical Research Council (MRC; 4495446; Fajara) If you find yourself with a potentially serious illness, head for this British-run clinic, off Atlantic Rd.

Stop Steps Pharmacy (4371344; Serekunda; 9am-10pm Mon-Sat) One of the best-stocked pharmacy chains around, with branches all along the coast.

Westfield Clinic (4398448; Serekunda) Another option, at Westfield Junction.

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