By the mesmerizing Atlantic coastline, there is a small African country named Gambia. With a diverse ecosystem and natural habitats, Gambia makes it one of the nature-friendly places to visit in Africa. For nature lovers, Gambia is all feasts on one plate. However, the place also has other factors that pull the tourist to visit it more often. There are beaches, lanes with architectural explorations, shopping streets are few to mention. This small country in West African is the best place for a family summer vacation. So, how about knowing the place a bit more elaborate?
Topmost things that a tourist can look for at the Gambia
Kunta Kinteh Islands
Kunta Kinteh Islands is also called James Island. With an old fort and debris that depicts the history, Kunta Kinteh Islands can be called the treasure that emerged out of the ruins. The debris is memories of the centuries-old slave trade that occurred in African soil. This small island is on the verge of extinction if not well maintained. Along with it will go the history that is quite relevant to the past? So, it depends on tourism now to keep the place uphold and save the treasure in ruins.
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Abuko Nature Reserve
Abuko Nature Reserve is a must-visit place in The Gambia. it is uniquely different from the rest of the reserve in Africa. Wondering how is that? This is a comparatively small wildlife reserve, too small that you don’t need any transportation or safari to cover it. Tourists can just walk through the reserve and enjoy the beauty as well as footwork. But does that restrain the reserve to have a variety of plantations, flora and fauna? Not at all, Abuko Nature Reserve is home to more than 250 bird species and a variety of mammal species. Some of the rare birds and animals on the reserve are bushbucks, vervet monkeys, Nile crocodiles and many more.
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Kachikally Crocodile Pool
Locals here, at Gambia workshop this place, yes the Kachikally Crocodile Pool. This place is nothing but amazement, with almost dozens of amazing Nile crocodiles roaming around the pool. It is located 10 miles from the capital, Banjul. The locals have a custom of worshipping in the pool, particularly women who have a problem conceiving. The fertility rituals are held in the pool and the crocodile is worshipped!
However, within no time the Kachikally Crocodile Pool became one of the main landmarks as well as a tourist attraction since it was started.
Capital city – Banjul
Banjul is comparatively a smaller city when it comes to the capital cities of other African Countries. But this small city doesn’t shy away from its reputation of alluring the tourist with its untouched beauty. It is a much less populated city and thus the tourist enjoys a calm and serenity while exploring. Abundant with historical sites, beaches and local markets to explore and the best resort to stay and relax is what Banjul has to offer a bag packer. This Gambian capital is nothing but a tempt to the wanderlusts.
Albert market is where every shopaholic will go without a second thought. It is located in Banjul on Liberation Avenue. The Albert market was first built in the 19th century but goes on to live with its popularity. Tourist enjoys visiting the tiny cafes and eateries that are filled on both the lane. The streets occupy the local products and handmade items that attract the tourist from another part of the world. Visit Albert Market with no second thought in mind.
The Gambia National Museum is located at the heart of the capital city. It was first started in the year 1985. This museum holds some of the important historical documents of Gambia to preserve the culture and tradition. There are artifacts and handicrafts showcased on the shelves of the National Museum with utmost pride. With tourists getting attracted to this place, it has become one of the most important landmarks of the country.
One of the best ways to connect with people is food! We all know that for sure. And to stay in connect with the locals of Gambia, tourists can opt for cooking classes that locals take care of. To shop in the colorful street markets and to cooks some authentic Gambian dishes will give you life memories and who knows friends forever!
The best cooking classes are held at Ida. The tourist can learn cooking and also get to know the culture and tradition of African land. The locals are quite friendly and welcoming that you will feel at home.
The Gambia looks after its tourist adherently. The country follows eco-friendly tourism and tourism allows people to enjoy every bit of it. Accommodation and stays with eco-friendly houses and huts. There are luxurious resorts too available if you are willing to let go of some extra amount from your budget. The accommodation here is comparatively cheaper and easily available.
The Gambia provides the tourist with extraordinary tourism experiences. One can errand through the wilderness, go for a swim, visit the city and enjoy an eco-friendly stay over there. And not to mention can shop in the streets as well as in shops according to your requirement. To make the trip more memorable try connecting with the locals there and get to know the tradition and culture closely.