10 Things About… Banjul, The Gambia

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A bright, vibrant jewel on the West African coast, this country is a geographic curiosity. It is Africa’s smallest nation. Banjul is situated on St Mary’s island at the mouth of the Gambia River.

1. Getting There
Banjul International Airport or the Ferry service.
2. Getting Around
Car hire at the airport, taxis, bicycles and quad bikes.
3. Where to stay
Try out these options.. Laico Atlantic, Ngala Lodge or the Carlton hotel which is a cheaper alternative.
4. Eating Out
Ngala restaurant has a great view of the Atlantic. Karsten’s Smiling Coast restaurant is certainly worth trying. The Clay Oven in Bakau is described as the best Indian restaurant.
5. Things to Do
Wander the streets of Banjul to see examples of Arabian influence. War Memorial, Arch on Independence Drive and of course the International Roots Festival.
6. Shopping
If you have a soft spot for shopping, Albert Market on Liberation Avenue is the place to be.
7. About town
African Heritage Center, King Fahad Mosque and Oyster Creek are great places to see.
8. History & Culture
Formerly named Bathurst, its history includes being chosen as a NASA space shuttle emergency landing area. The Banjul International Airport was originally a World War 2 allied airfield.
9. Language
English is the official language in schools and public offices but Wolof is widely spoken. Due to its proximity to Senegal you will find people are fluent in French too.
10. One last thing
The Banjul Challenge is a banger rally that runs from England, Spain, Morocco and through the Sahara to Banjul. It follows a similar route to the more famous banger event “Dakar Rally”

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