The Gambia holidays
While the draw of the country’s beaches have attracted tourists for many years, the natural wonders of Kiang West National Park, Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve and River Gambia National Park (also known as Baboon Island) offer fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether it’s glimpsing some of the rare and migratory birds that live along the river’s course, including Pel's fishing owls, African fin foots and brown-necked parrots, or maybe sighting Nile crocodiles, African clawless otters or baboons in drier areas, one of the best ways to view the countryside is from the river by boat.
From Banjul it’s also possible to visit a variety of historical sites including the Unesco recognised world heritage site of James Island. Settled by the Portuguese in 1455, the island became an important centre for the slave trade that was occupied by various nations at different points of history. The fame of Alex Haley's book, Roots, the saga of an American family, following the tragedy of the slave Kunta Kinteh, led to the island being renamed Kunta Kinteh Island in 2011.
Apart from the country’s natural and historical highlights, the people of The Gambia are known for their hospitality and friendliness as well as their vibrant and colourful culture. Visit the bustling markets of Banjul and Serekunda, rich in colour and activity, and witness a traditional wrestling match or chance upon a local wedding, baptism or impromptu public concert to experience the rhythms of the Kora and traditional Gambian music.
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