Gambia is on the spotlight on the list of tourist destination. It is a country in the Western Africa.
While it may be mainland Africa’s smallest country, The Gambia is big on attractions and appeal, promising to be one of most exciting and diverse destinations in the continent.
Here are our top 5 luscious place to visit if your tour takes you down to The Gambia …
WASSU STONE CIRCLES
These areas are believed to be the burial sites of ancient kings and chiefs. The stones date back to 750-1000 AD and their layouts vary from 4-6 metres (13-20 feet) in diameter, with each layout having anywhere from 10 to 20 stones. It was declared and listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Each stone has an average height of 6 feet and to this day, tourists and archaeologists have puzzled over their origins and true meaning.
TANJI FISH VILLAGE
There are fish markets at Bakau, Tanji and Sanyang. These are colourful, vibrant places where you can watch the pirogues (fishing boats) come in and unload the day’s catch. Men and women wade into the water and bring back buckets on their heads full of fish. Women buy and sell the fish while the seagulls squawk overhead ever hopeful of a few scraps. Any keen photographers will love all the colour and action but keep in mind that, as with the local markets, many people don’t like to be photographed. While you’ll have to pay for a taxi or hire a bicycle to get there once there, it is free to watch all the action.
This is a sleepy beach village of about 7,000 people made up mostly of Wolof, Mandinka, Fula, and Jola tribes. Sangyang Beach, which is made up of Paradise, Osprey, and Pelican beaches, is considered by many to be the best beachfront in all of The Gambia. It was a popular attraction long before the tourist trail made its way there and has a long stretch of remote shore, surrounded by mangroves and lagoons.
The Arch is a top tourist attraction near the Gambian Capital and is famous for its views of the city from its roof top. Tourists more often than not visit to see the handwritten text of the President’s takeover speech in the museum nearby the monument.
MAKASUTU CULTURE FOREST
Makasutu Cultural Forest is highly regarded within The Gambia, not just because of the wildlife found there, but also because it is such a successful blend of different facets. Visitors are rewarded with an experience they will long remember and carry home in their hearts.