Banjul Travel Guide, Gambia
Banjul, the capital of Gambia is like no other capital in the world. It is a small city, with only about 40.000 inhabitants, but there is a good reason why. Banjul is actually located on the tiny island of St. Mary, at the point where Gambia River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Banjul makes for a great holiday destination with its bustling markets, colorful bazaars and sandy beaches. If you’d like to take a good look at another one of Africa’s many facets, Banjul offers plenty of opportunities to discover Gambia’s culture and people. Beach resorts can be found all along the coasts of Africa, but Banjul’s colonial atmosphere and unique charm are inimitable. Plan your holiday to Banjul with the help of this brief Banjul Travel Guide.
Banjul Travel Guide - Transport
Yundum International Airport, Banjul’s airport, has numerous direct flights to destinations in Europe and Africa. If your point of departure is on another continent, you might have to make a few stops on your way. From Conakry, Bissau, Accra, Dakar, London and Amsterdam you can catch direct flights to Banjul.
A pleasant and unusual way to get to Banjul is by ferry. A couple of ferries every hour run from Barra to Banjul, across Gambia River. If you are the adventurous sort, you can buy a ticket on a crowded (and slightly unstable) pirogue to cross the river. Traveling by bus is another option, especially if you are already in Gambia or one of the neighboring countries. Banjul is small by any standard, so you can easily get around on foot. The city is more or less lacking public transport, but if you want to avoid walking at all costs, you can take a taxi or rent a car. Bicycles are a popular means of transport and there are several bike rentals around the city.
Banjul Travel Guide- Accommodation
Summer Grove Villa is a great place for those who are planning a nice, and relaxing holiday in Banjul. The villa is very close to the beach, restaurants and shops, and the staff is friendly and can help you arrange sightseeing trips in the area. A big bonus is that the villa can arrange transport from the airport, so you won’t have to brave the traffic by yourself.
If you are planning to make the beach the highlight of your Banjul holiday, this Banjul Travel Guide recommends that you stay at Kombo Beach Hotel. Rooms are clean and comfortable, even if they are if a little out of fashion, and the hotel’s restaurant serves a wide array of dishes at a reasonable price.
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