Gambia may be Africa’s smallest country but it is proving its appeal by being named destination of the month by Dial An Exchange.
Having recently returned from a trip to Gambia we have to agree – there are many great reasons to visit the country, known as the Smiling Coast of Africa, and Dial An Exchange has summer exchange availability so you can try it for yourself.
We loved this tiny country, found its people extremely friendly, its attractions fascinating, and the weather impeccable. All in all it was the perfect place to relax in the sun, while also having a real experience.
Dial An Exchange has highlighted the country’s nature reserves, such as Kiang West National Park and River Gambia National Park (also known as Baboon Island) as must sees, as well as the historic slaving stations of St James Island and Juffure for those seeking to learn more about the history of the nation.
They also recommend Serrekunda to see its bustling street market where you can buy wood carvings and jewelry and it’s certainly a destination we enjoyed visiting. There are more excellent trips along the River Gambia, where you can see a wide variety of wildlife and over 540 different species of birds.
The area of Kololi is one of the most popular with tourists, with a number of quality hotels and some of the country’s best restaurants. At the heart of it, the Senegambia Strip has restaurants serving everything from curry to Lebanese food and traditional Gambian dishes such as jollof rice, domoda and chicken yassa.
The Senegambia Strip also offers some craft shopping, while the Senegambia Hotel, next to Kololi Beach Club, has a couple of quirky activities. Each day you can watch while staff feed vultures that soar across the resort’s skies and the birds sun themselves in the gardens before taking off once more. You can then follow that with a trip to see monkeys at Bijilo Nature Reserve – a ten minute walk away.
Kololi Beach Club is Dial An Exchange member favourite
A perennial favourite in Dial An Exchange’s holiday portfolio, the superior apartments at Kololi Beach Club are situated on a 24 acre beach-front overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 44 one- and two-bedroom villas have a lounge, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and private terrace or balcony. The resort is also within easy reach of two golf courses.
Dial An Exchange has exchange availability at Kololi Beach Club for weeks from July 30 to September 17. A week exchange is available for just £84 for apartments sleeping up to six.
Planning a trip to Gambia? Read more in our guide on how to travel to the Gambia.