Banjul

Banjul, capital of The Gambia

Top 10 things to do in The Gambia on a budget

The Gambia is a fascinating place and it's just 6 hours flying time from the UK, in the same time zone and much cheaper to visit than the Caribbean or other well-known winter sun destinations. At this time of year, when the main season has ended, you can pick up some...

A feast for the senses at Tanji fish market

All the colours of the rainbow flash before my eyes. The sound of the waves, squawking seagulls and housewives' banter assault my ears. The smell of fish fills my nostrils and the taste of salt is on my tongue, as I head for sensory overload at Tanji fish market....

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Chinese proverb After visiting  the girl I sponsor in The Gambia, we set off to visit Lamin's family who live just up the road, in a village on the outskirts of the...

Visiting my sponsored child in The Gambia

In 2005 I started sponsoring a little girl in The Gambia. She was just 6 years old. A few months later I visited The Gambia for the first time and, of course, I arranged to visit her, her school and her family. Nearly 8 years later I am still sponsoring her and...

Light up a village – Solar power spreads across West Africa

I recently shared with you the wonderful welcome we received in the village of Kanuma in my post On the Trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma. This was a great experience for all of us, a real treat, but the main reason we visited this remote West African village...

On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma

When I heard (on Twitter) that a kumpo, a mystical character of the West African Jola tribe, had been spotted near the village of Kanuma, just a few hours drive from where we were staying in The Gambia, there was only one thing for it; I was determined to arrange an...

Always a warm welcome in The Gambia

In the very early hours last Friday morning my alarm went off. Finally the day had arrived and it was time to start the journey that I had been looking forward to for months. Seven of us were heading off to The Gambia for a few full-on days of exploration, adventure...

Travel bloggers in The Gambia

In less than two weeks I'll be returning to The Gambia in West Africa. I'm very excited about this particular visit as this time, I'm taking 6 fantastic travel bloggers with me for the very first bloggers press trip to this wonderful country. As well as...

Photo Essay from West Africa: ‘Home’

This week's #FriFotos theme on Twitter is 'Home'. Tomorrow people, all around the world, will be tweeting images reflecting this theme throughout the day. Search for the #FriFotos hashtag and you'll see them. It's certainly got me thinking of the great variety of...

Gunpowder Green Tea in The Gambia

If you have ever been to The Gambia, or indeed any of the surrounding West African countries, you will no doubt have seen the local men gathered together around a small teapot. This well-loved past time involves a lot of chattering while drinking scolding hot and...

Go wild in West Africa

The Gambia is a great place to visit, especially to escape Europe's winter, if you are after sunshine and beautiful, uncrowded beaches. However, as those of you who have followed me for a while will know from my previous posts, this wonderful, West African country has...

Smile

This week's travel snap is also my entry for Round 46 of Travel Photo Roulette with the theme of 'Smile'. If you'd like to enter you'll find all the details and all the entries on the website 2Away who are the hosts for this round. I took this photo while visiting a...

A crocodile, a tree house and a cool Julbrew!

Sip a cool Julbrew, the locally brewed beer, while looking out for the crocodile that lurks in the freshwater creek a few feet away. Perhaps eat lunch in the tree house while watching exotic birds flitting between the branches. A gentle breeze from the nearby ocean...

Smiles at Sanyang Fishing Village

The Gambia is justifiable known as ‘The smiling coast of Africa’ as everywhere you go you will find a smile to greet you. These two ladies, cleaning fish at Sanyang at the leisurely pace that is typical of this little West African country, were only too pleased to...

Daughter of the Jola Tribe

Back in 2007 I spent a wonderful day at a Jola's initiation festival in The Gambia, West Africa. While taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the festivities, sitting on a rug under the shade of a tree with friends, one of the girls asked if she could plait my...

A black cat and a blue flip-flop

Last December when I visited the small West African country, The Gambia, I enjoyed a wonderful morning learning how to cook a traditional Gambian meal with the charismatic Ida in her family home. By lunchtime the smells from the cooking pot were driving us all to...

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