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1. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

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hi friends,

I would like to know what the main (touristic) highlights are in Gambia? I have a few days to spend in Gambia before leaving Africa via Dakar/Senegal. Furthermore; how is the budget accomodation (any recommendations/prices). Concerning food; i have a weak stomic that's why I always eat vegetarian food in third-world countries, is this available in Gambian restaurants? I hear english (instead of French) is spoken in Gambia, is this true?

Thanks in advance. Please no travelguides or any other annoying tour tout!

Wouter

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Hi, this is Lamin from Gambia....come and visit my shop...
Ok, on topic now:
Yep, english is widely spoken, although outside the main tourist areas people might not speak it and speak only some tribal language. But younger people almost always speak english.

Highlight for me was a boat trip on the gambia river from georgetown westwards for about half a day. Saw some chimps, python, other monkeys and birds. I like animals...no penguins though..

Try to go inland as much as possible, it's nicer than the tourist areas closer to the beaches. Banjul isn't much (well, which african city is...below the sahara).

Mangrove area south of Banjul is nice as well and for some unspoiled beaches it's better to go as much south as possible. There are more budget accommodations over there, some basic beach lodges.

Try some cans of coke a day, and I am sure you won't have any problems with the food over there. Although finding some vegy things is not that hard, you just have to look a bit.

Remember that Gambia is package tourist stuff...it might not be wise to spend too much time like you already said.

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if you got aids go see the president. apparently he will be able to cure you!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6323449.stm

im good mr wouuterrrrrrrrrrr

and i hope you are too:)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 9:11 AM by oslaue ]

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

if you got aids go see the president. apparently he will be able to cure you!

how oslaue?

Now it comes, I am ready

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 9:09 AM by wouterrr ]

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Hi, this is Lamin from Gambia....come and visit my shop...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....thanks for the info Michael

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

When do u start your trip, Wouterr?

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

When do u start your trip, Wouterr?

2 july i am going. will be hot;)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 11:14 AM by wouterrr ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

What will be your route Wouterrr?

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

remember the cartrip from Netherlands to Gambia?

Netherlands-Belgium-France-Spain-Portugal-Spain-Marocco-Western Sahara-Mauritania-Mali-Senegal-Gambia = approx. 8.500 km. Pure adventure and a dream coming true since I was a child.

most people think I am mental, probably I am

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

When u think something u are doing is mental, suppress the thought, right away. It is the enemy, of adventure.

How long will your trip take?

I am a vegetarian, all the time. If the restaurants in Gambia only serve a heap of steaming stoge, with goats meat on top, then just buy peanuts and fruit and boiled eggs, in the shops. I have not been to Gambia, but I think these things are plentiful in many African countries.;)