Gambia and the rainy season

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1. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

So after all the hmmming and hawwing we've decided to go to Gambia in Oct, possibly starting off in the capital. So its question time :

Is Oct still bad with regard to the rainy season for travelling around ??

According to the lonely planet the nature reserves and parks are closed until November does anyone know if any of the larger ones would be open ??

Can anyone advise of any good tour companies or is it best just to travel alone?

Thank you for all your help !!


2. Posted by ChrisHolde (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

what's best to take to wear for the rainy season?

3. Posted by sabinechar (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

In October you should be ok for rains. There will be a few, but generally they'll only last a couple of hours, and then the sun will come out again. If you're going for a while, I'd recommend taking some waterproof/walking boots with you - there's nothing worse than slipping out of your sandals because of rain/mud.

As far as travelling goes, do try to get away from the coast at least for a bit. Try Jinack island, for which you have to take the ferry across the river from Banjul. It's not so touristy. If you're feeling really adventurous and have time, try some of the places in the middle of the country, around Janjangbureh. It'll take a while to get there, unless you charter a taxi, but it'll be more than worth it. Alternatively, look into "cruises" going up the river.

Enjoy it - it's a great country once you get away from all the tourists.

4. Posted by boyleigh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Gambia travellers!

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Have fun and enjoy your stay!