I am thinking of going to Gambia for a week between 12.-20. January 09', and wonder if someone would have any suggestions when the aim with the trip is to staying away from the charter resorts, and sort of doing it on a shoestring.I also wonder if it is easy to find cheap hostels/guesthouses (e.g. 5-10 $) in whatever part of the country?
Any advice is appreciated.
Gambia is cheap and easy to travel around with loads of accommodation to choose from. There are guesthosues and cheap hotels with prices starting from a few £pounds.
Head up the river to escape the package resort stretch known as the Atlantic Coast. There are loads of small villages, lots of birdlife, chimps and even hippos depending on where you go. Have a skim through a guidebook.
Banjul is worth a day or 2. Its kinda sleepy but the markets are cool and the people so laid back and friendly.
For a taste of rural Gambia you could google WYCE and consider going to stay in Madina Salaam for a couple of days. The beach there is wild and virtually empty except for a few reggae influenced guys running beach bars. The village is small, safe and friendly with loads of cute kids who will run out to say hello and what have you.
Hope this helps.
one tip more:
Try to arrange that charter/package deal, because usually it might just work out to be cheaper than arranging only a flight. And as a bonus you have one night at the start and the end of your trip, even if it is a bigger hotel/resort.
good tip!! gambiaexperience. can prob help. Google 'em and see
Thank you very much for your help. We're off to Gambia tomorrow and will surely enjoy it! Booked a flight with a charter company without accomodation. Hoping for an authentic impression of Gambia :-)