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Flights to the Gambia – The Smiling Coast of Africa


The Gambia is a bird-lover’s paradise, home to more than 100 bird species. It is Africa’s smallest country, known for its natural reserves, wildlife parks, amazing beaches, and small fishing villages. Gambia is a West-African country that lies on either side of the Gambia River, bounded by Senegal and a small part of the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Treat yourself to the World Heritage Sites, unique islands, interesting museums, spectacular megaliths, Atlantic Resorts, and adventure activities. It is rightly called as the ‘Smiling Coast’ because of its friendly people who always greet you with a smile.

Best time to visit

The peak tourist season from November to February is the best time to visit the Gambia when the temperature is cool. It is ideal for enjoying the pristine beaches, water-sports, riversides, and lagoons near Banjul, and the Abuko National Reserve. March to May is also a good time to be here as the weather is still pleasant. Enjoy the New Year’s Day, Labour Day, Christmas, and Easter Celebrations held during this time. If you want to be a part of the Gambia’s famous International Roots Festival, you must visit during June and July. Yellow Fever vaccination is a must before flying to the Gambia.

How to get there

If you are planning to spend your next vacation in the Gambia, book cheap air tickets and fly via major domestic and international airlines like Vistara, Air India, Etihad Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Jet Airways, Lufthansa, etc. Banjul International Airport (Yundum International) is the main airport of the Gambia and operates many connecting flights from India every week. This airport is located about 20 km from the capital city Banjul and can be reached via taxi, shuttle, or car rental services.

Places to stay

Choose from a vast number of accommodation options in the Gambia, like guesthouses, small hotels, riverside lodges, main tourist hotels, self-catering apartments, villas, holiday resorts, and camps. Major towns and areas of Banjul, like Fajara, Kotu, Makasutu, Bakau, Kerr Sering, Cape Point, etc. provide excellent accommodation. In the Gambia, you can opt to stay in major places like Kololi, Bijilo, Brufut, Kartong, Sarges, and Kombo. The per-night hotel prices vary from INR 1,000 to INR 11,000 approximately.

Major attractions

Make sure you visit the top attractions of Banjul, like Arch 22 (one of the tallest buildings in Gambia), Roman Catholic Cathedral, National Museum of Gambia, Albert Market, Kiang West National Park, Abuko Nature Reserve, Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, and Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool (sacred crocodile pool).

Visit the green Tanje Village Museum, which is Gambia’s first private museum, with 60 unique plant species. Stone Circles of Senegambia is worth a visit, with four large stone circles that comprise thousands of stones along the River Gambia.

Go on a boat cruise down the River Gambia, and spot birds and dolphins, as well as the three World Heritage Sites, the villages of Juffurah and Albreda, and the James Island’s (Kunta Kintehn Island). The lush Makasthu Culture Forest in Serekunda is home to protected wild areas like the mangroves, Guinea woodland, Savannah, and semi-wooded grassland, where you can enjoy boat rides, game drives, and performances by locals.

Shopping in The Gambia

Enjoy shopping for wonderful items in Gambia such as the Gambishirt (made of ‘batik’ prints and embellished cotton cloth), beaded belts, gold jewelry, wooden carvings, sand paintings, silver jewelry, handbags, and West African handicrafts.

Cuisine

Gambian cuisine comprises West African food that includes peanuts, tomato, fish, oysters, lemon, rice, black-eyed peas, cabbage, pepper, cassava, chili, onion, salt, and herbs. Enjoy the delicious Gambian dishes like Akara (made from black-eyed peas), Benechin (a pot meat dish), Wonjo drink (Roselle drink), Superkanja (okra stew), Domada (peanut-based dish), and Yassa (chicken dish).

FAQs

Which are the budget airlines to the Gambia?

Turkish Airlines, Air India, and Jet Airways are the budget airlines to the Gambia.

What is the time difference between India and the Gambia?

India is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of the Gambia.

What is the duration for flying to Banjul from major Indian metros?

Delhi to Banjul– 20 hours 35 minutes

Chennai to Banjul– 22 hours 15 minutes

Kolkata to Banjul– 33 hours and 25 minutes

Hyderabad to Banjul– 25 hours and 45 minutes

What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to the Gambia?

Mumbai, London, Delhi, and Birmingham are the layover airports for connecting flights to Banjul.

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