The Rough Guide to Gambia 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Emma Gregg

By Emma Gregg

The tough advisor to The Gambia is the main entire advisor to Africa’s so much obtainable nation. This moment version, the results of certain on-the-ground study, reviews on interesting new advancements together with appealing eco-retreats and ingenious flora and fauna conservation tasks the place viewers can see birds, monkeys and chimps at shut variety. precise maps and plans are complemented by way of professional and upbeat tips at the shores, villages and track, the mangrove creeks and the River Gambia itself. There are first-hand experiences of all of the most sensible lodging, eating place and bar techniques within the kingdom, either off and on the crushed song, for everybody from shoestring travelers to luxurious travelers. The consultant is additionally jam-packed with trademark candid insights into Gambian background, politics, song, language and tradition.

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Try not to create litter, and try to take home everything you brought with you. Minimize your electricity consumption, and think about whether you really need your room to be air-conditioned 33 Guidelines for responsible tourism BAS I CS | Ethical tourism 34 Respect local culture and customs. 72, and try to be alert to messages, spoken or unspoken, from Gambians you encounter. Dress appropriately, be aware of a few key points of Gambian history (such as the slave trade, colonization, independence and the coup), respect Muslim sensibilities, and try to learn a few phrases in the local languages – greetings are a good start.

This is likely to remain the case for some time as, with new tourist-friendly supermarkets, hotels and selfcatering apartments popping up all over the resort areas at a rate that outstrips demand, competition between rival businesses is fierce. Many businesses and banks still don’t accept plastic, though, so it’s wise to come equipped with a fistful of cash and travellers’ cheques to exchange for dalasis. Costs It’s perhaps surprising to find that, compared to other developing countries, West African nations can be expensive to visit, and the cost of living in The Gambia is high for the region – anything like a Euro-American lifestyle costs almost as much as in Europe or America.

Com) – around eight hours to Banjul. Alternatively, flying to London (from as little as $300 on a discount deal) and then on to Banjul by charter (from around $350) is one of the least expensive ways to get to The Gambia from most North American departure points. You could, equally, plan a route through Brussels, using Belgium’s scheduled airline, SN Brussels, or through Amsterdam or one of the other European hubs, several of which handle tourist traffic to Banjul by charter. If you’d like to fly into another West African city and continue to Banjul by connecting flight or overland, you have a greater choice of European hubs, but not much more choice of direct flights from North America.

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