Are you looking for a destination where you can not only enjoy the warm sun, a nice beach, delicious food, and the most beautiful palm trees, but also get to know new, special cultures, traditions, and eating habits???
Then the Gambia “The Smiling Coast of Africa, is definitely a country you want to visit! Whereas The Gambia might be known as the smallest nation in mainland Africa, the Destination has equally developed a reputation as one of the continent’s most tourist-friendly countries.
The Gambia known as the “The Smiling Coast of Africa” which is due to its friendly and smiling people. Is an obvious promise of warm weather. Home to everything from quiet tropical white sandy beaches, excellent local and international cuisine, and colonial architecture to an abundance of flora and fauna that is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts (bird watcher’s paradise), it’s nothing less than a hidden gem along the West African shoreline.
The Gambia is a fantastic all-year-round destination the sand and sea are certainly tempting, you can enjoy numerous of accommodation options during holidays in The Gambia. Whether it’s 5-star luxury holidays, 2-star comfort, a homestay with a local family, a lodge floating on the River Gambia, or a stylish eco-retreat, this range of quality accommodations will suit all manner of holidaymakers.
The Gambia River is a prominent visitor attraction and a dominant feature coursing through the middle of The Gambia. Blessed with abundant wildlife ranging from chimpanzees found at the River Gambia National Park, to hippos, and birds to watersports such as skiing, kayaking, fishing, dolphin watching, cruising, surfing, and entertaining cultural encounters. The majestic River Gambia is totally navigable and uniquely beautiful.
The Gambia is traditionally very tolerant of all religious creeds and beliefs and while the country is predominantly Muslim, with up to 95% of the population practicing the basic tenets of Islam, Gambia prides itself on its broad-minded acceptance of all faiths respecting other people’s faith. The Gambia also prides itself as one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world where all faiths live together in harmony.
Additionally, The Gambia is home to several hustling and bustling markets, all providing a great insight into day-to-day Gambian life, as well as the opportunity to buy some souvenirs to bring home.
The Gambia is a true paradise for a bird watcher/ photographer with over 550 species. It’s certainly a dreamland for birds and those who love watching them. Our guides who are full of knowledge and experience will bring you closer to the different species. If you are a novice photographer, the guides will help you find and recognize birds. You will realize that these experts have eagle eyes.
There are daily trips for bird watchers and visitors whose passion for bird watching never ceases. Visitors can book tours nationwide for bird watching, or even spend a few days at many resorts and lodges in rural Gambia where the choirs of feathered friends sing continuously.
GAMBIAN CUISINE SUITS YOUR APPETITE
Delight your taste buds and expand your culinary experiences in The Gambia. Have a taste of our local cuisines like Benachin which is also known as Jollof rice, cooked with chicken or fish or even meat with vegetables and other ingredients, or Domoda which is a peanut-based dish served with white rice. It is made from peanuts with tomato paste, mustard, black pepper, and onions. Yassa is another common dish that you will often find on restaurant menus, usually in the form of chicken Yassa cooked with chillis, lime, onion, and mustard. Sometimes variations include beef, fish, and vegetables.
Our local juice is really good for you. Have a taste of Wonjo Juice which is a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic drink made from hibiscus (sorrel) flower and sugar or the Baobab Juice made from the fruit of the giant baobab trees, a delicious pale-brown, non-alcoholic and full of vitamins, calcium, and fiber.
Are you looking for international cuisine restaurants? Well, you are at the right place. The Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and Lebanese is here to serve you.
Want a hands-on experience, visit Ida Cham’s courtyard to learn how to prepare Gambian dishes.
SIR DAWDA KAIRABA JAWARA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER
The Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center is more than events. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can support modern teleconferencing needs. Our long-range high-resolution Polyoma cameras, giant screens, and high-speed fiber connectivity guarantee hitch-free distanced communication. We can record and/or stream your events live. The facility has 200 capacity Thematic rooms, 1013 capacity Plenary Hall, Banquet Hall A 500, Banquet Hall B 250, 4 News/Press rooms each 40 capacity, 11 Bilateral rooms of 25 and 40 capacity Cafeteria.
With the capacity to accommodate over 4000 guests at a time, the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center can host events of any size or shape. The International Conference Center stands tall among the biggest of its kind in the sub-region.
In line with Gambia’s trademark hospitality, the staff at the Center go above and beyond to give all guests an unforgettable experience. We are in partnership with the industry leader – Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute for culinary, hospitality, and catering services.
The Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center is sandwiched in the beautiful scenery of Bijilo National Park and majestically overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The landmarked building is in the heart of the Tourism Development Area within the proximity to the best hotels and 10 minutes from Banjul International Airport.
WELCOME TO THE SMILING COAST OF AFRICA
Visit the Gambia Tourist Board to read more