Flights to Gambia

Great Escape in Gambia

Book a cheap flight to Gambia and let its warm hospitality draw you in. Africa’s smallest country is bursting at the seams with wildlife and stunning landscapes; whether it’s beaches or bird-watching, Gambia has it all. 

This still relatively unexplored country boasts some truly stunning landscapes and a magnificent display of wildlife. Unspoilt white sand beaches and breath-taking nature reserves like Abuko are home chameleons and crocodiles and very few people. There is Bao Bolon Nature Reserve whose wetlands are loved by hippos, otters and exotic birds and Makasutu Cultural Forest where eco-tourism projects offer day trips and boat rides to spot even more wildlife. 

Cruise up the Gambia River to James Island for ever more remote landscapes as well as locally made crafts, tours of the former French trading post of Albreda and the lovely little village of Juffureh. If you want to live one the wild side, take an adrenalin fuelled four wheel drive adventure where you’ll fly past Gambia’s sights from manor houses to local distilleries. If you’re travelling in Gambia with the whole family, the kids will love a trip to Kachikally Crocodile Pool where these toothy mammals can be viewed from a safe distance! Don’t miss a trip to one of Gambia’s most beautiful treasures; Sanyang Beach. There is a small bar with some rooms if you can’t bear to leave and miles of pure white soft sand and lapping blue waters where you can lie back and watch sunny days turn to starry nights with dramatic fiery sunsets.

Local food in Gambia is simple but flavoursome, consisting mainly of spiced rice and vegetables, chicken, meat stews and plenty of peanuts. However, there are also many places in which to dine on a range of cuisines including Thai, German, Lebanese and even Japanese food if you long for more familiar fare. If you wondered what delights the local distilleries brewed up, then why not sample a little Julbrew, Gambia’s very own beer. Shopping also isn’t on a grand scale in Gambia but wood carvings, African drums, traditional masks, Batik fabrics and intricately made clothes are sure to be a lasting memento of your trip.

From Gambia you can explore more of Africa. You could take a one to three day trip to Senegal where lively African beats, busy streets and overflowing markets are a bit of a shock to the system after the peace and tranquillity of laid-back Gambia. 

If you're flying into Gambia's capital, find cheap hotels in Banjul on Skyscanner!

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