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Just in case I won’t be able to cross into Senegal next month due to the now famous new Senegalese visa (I phoned a few minutes ago the Senegalese Embassy in Madrid and they are still clueless), do you know any beach towns well away from the package holidays hordes with decent backpacker hostels where I could splurge myself for three or four days doing some reading and eating good fish?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
Hi all am ebrima from d gambia very friendly country and save this time of d year is summer time the weather is very beautiful and is getting green.if any one is planing to come to gambia and senegal is not so difficult do all your arrangement before your arrival. so if any one is coming u can contact me at modousaidy11at hotmail.com.
So i'll arrive at Banjul International Airport next week around midnight.
Can someone recommend a reasonable priced accomodation which is easy to get to from the airport?
I want to leave to Zig the very next morning early so i don't need anything nice or near the beach. However it'd be great if it was near from where minibuses leave to Zig. Where do i need to go in Banjul in order to catch a 7-place to Zig? Is there a bus station? And is there some hotels near that?
Sorry if these questions seem stupid--i'm not well prepared yet and don't have a guidebook and i couldn't find the info elsewhere on the net. Thanks in advance for any advice!
I plan to fly from Europe to Banjul and then continue to Guinea. I do not need visa to Gambia and I suppose I can easily arrange Guinean visa in Gambia (Banjul?). However I'm not sure if I also need the Senegal visas to cross the Casamance region? Other travellers didn't mentioned it explicitly, but I suppose all of them had already Senegal visa from Dakar. So do I need Senegal visa to cross Casamance?
My final destination is Guinea, I plan to fly to Banjul only because of cheap flights and no visa requirement upon arrival. It is also easier to arrange Guinean visa in Africa than in my home country.
Has anyone recently traveled from Georgetown to Tambacounda in Senegal? There was some info on it , but it seems to have disappeared with the cleanup of the forum.
Thanks in advance!
I'm on my way to Conakry (Guinea) next week, and due to the threat of an air controller strike in CKY I am making some contingency plans. My flight goes through Banjul, so I'm looking at the possibility of disembarking there and continuing overland (if the strike reaches such a dire state of affairs.)
I've gone overland several times from Dakar to Labe (in north west Guinea), but never from Banjul.
Would I take land transport to the eastern corner of Gambia, and then catch a ride on the Tabacounda (Senegal) - Koundara (Guinea) road? It doesn't look like there's a border town (or even a connecting road out there), so I don't know if that's possible.
Option two would be to go through the Casamance. I guess, find transport from Banjul to Kolda, and the... more »
Some notes on the Gambia, as part of my wider trip through West Africa.
US$1 = 32-33gmd.
Border to Atlantic Coast Area.
- Gambian immigration coming from Senegal on the Kaolock - Barra road was easy, you see an official at the back, have details entered into a ledger, then go to the other side of the building for a free 21-day stamp and invitation to go for beers with the immigration officers. 70gmd shared taxi to Barra port after a 1.5hour wait due to Gambia 'Clean up the Country' day; Followed the crowds to the ferry (10gmd / foot passenger), which left after an hour, but took a whopping 3.5 hours to cross the 3km strait, due to vague engine issues. Sitting on the filthy, crowded deck under the beating sun, breathing diesel exhaust, rolling on rough seas and worrying if the ship was going to break down completely was not a pleasant experience. A small truck wa...
A friend and I are travelling to Senegal in a couple of weeks and we want to backpack into the Gambia and possibly on to Guinea-Bissau. I've been looking at some possible places to stay en route and wondered if anyone here had any more recommendations? We are looking for reasonably-priced accommodation (as an example, I've noticed The Plantation is priced at £20 per hut). We aren't fussy on amenities, just a clean, safe place to explore our surroundings from :)
Anybody knows when the next edition of the LP Gambia & Senegal travel guide is due??
I'm travelling there in summer and I'm looking for a nice guide but the LP seems to be quite outdated (2008) and I don't think it's gonna be very useful... I've only found the Routard (2013) but it's in French.
Thanks in advance!
I flew to/from Gambia-London with Thomas Cook before. It was done at a Thomas Cook's London high street retail office as it can't be done on their UK website.
On my return flight, my African fellow passengers seemed to be able to get 'cheaper' Banjul-London ticket on the internet. Does anyone know the trick? Maybe Thomas Cook website in Africa has the booking option. Maybe there are specific travel agencies in Africa who do the booking.
I intend to travel overland thru coastal Sahara before buying a one-way ticket back to the UK.
Other than Thomas Cook, is there a second or third cheaper option?
I’m planning to visit The Gambia and Senegal this summer.
I’ve just called the Embassy of The Gambia in Spain to enquire about Gambian tourist visas. I was told that upon arrival at Banjul Airport I don’t need a visa (I hold a passport of Spain) as per the agreement of the airline company I’m flying with the Gambian Government. Upon my return from Senegal (I plan to return through the border near Barra) I was told that I can purchase a visa at the land border itself.
Has anybody purchased one of those visas at the border? Do you know the cost?
Thanks in advance for your comments,
I'm interested in heading upriver a bit, but LP doesn't seem to have much info on travel times.
How long does it take to get to places like Georgoetown (taxi & boat?) and or the Bintang lodge?
Also, as an independent traveler, am I going to see something other than tourists, or should I just head to Senegal?!
I'm an independent traveller and not usually interested in package tour-type places, but will fly in and out of Banjul as part of a trip around Senegal.
I thought I'd spend 3 or 4 days relaxing in Gambia, but can't decide between Banjul (i.e.Laico Atlantic) or Serekunda (maybe the Senegambia).
I realise the place is mega-touristed and I'll probably find that a bit difficult after other African countries, but I might also enjoy meeting other people and a few days relaxing on the beach.
Any other suggestions of good slightly midrange or backpacker hotels near the beach?
Am planning a trip which will involve travel between The Gambia and Liberia in June. All airfare with recognizable carriers seems ridiculously expensive with long stopovers. Any thoughts out there about travelling overland, and if so, what is the best way to arrange. Also, any significant safety concerns on this route? Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
After a month there, I thought others might like some updates since the 2009 guide book
Lamin Lodge is now closed. There is still a bar there, a few souvenir stalls and pirogue and canoe rental.
“6/6” taxis are now “7/7” taxis, the price is now 7 dalasi a ride. Note that 7 dalasis will only take you so far – Fajara to Senegambia or Senegambia to Bijilo for example. Also, be sure you are getting into a “7/7” or ou may find yourself having to bargain the fare at the end of the ride and, inevitably, paying more than a reasonable amount.
If you are staying somewhere basic but fancy a day of luxury, many posh hotels allow you to use their facilities for a small fee. For example, Coco Ocean allows full use of its facilities provided each person spends at least 250 dalasi during the day on food or drink.
Tanji bird reserve is having its offices re built... more »
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