Africa’s smallest country is home to beautiful powder white beaches, turquoise waters and lush rainforest home to a variety of flora and fauna. Visit the Chimp Rehabilitation Centre where you can see the primates in their natural habitat. Also make sure to witness the spectacular birdlife at Baobolong Wetland Reserve to bring out your inner ornithologist. Average daily cost per person: 2000 Gambian Dalasi or £30 ($40).
Past travelers have spent, in average £7 ($8) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Benachin (rice cooked with meat or fish, vegetables and tomatoes), Domoda (meat stewed in peanut puree served with rice), Superkanja (mix of fish or meat, palm oil, onions and pepper boiled together), Chicken Yassa (chicken cooked with fresh lime, onions and ground black pepper).
A room in a guest house usually costs about £12, though sleeping in a boutique hotel is also way cheaper than in other countries, as you can spend as low as £55 ($70).
– Visit A Local Market – The best-known markets are at Serrekunda, the largest town in The Gambia, and the Royal Albert Market in the capital, Banjul.
– Wander in a fishing village – The Gambian fishing villages are colourful and vibrant places. Watch the multicoloured boats come in and unload the day’s catch.
– Take a Trip to Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool – The waters here are said to have magical powers and help with fertility. There are crocodiles around, but they aren’t aggressive at all as they are so used to visitors. Entry cost £1.
– Hike Bijilo Forest Park – The park is lush and beautiful and there is here a huge population of green Vervet monkeys to observe.
– Birdwatching – The Gambia is a bird lover paradise with over 560 species to observe. The best way to watch the birds is to hire an official guide. A half day with a guide usually costs around £20 p.p.