Top 12 things to do in The Gambia on a budget

Top 12 things to do in The Gambia on a budget

This wonderful West African country is a fascinating place to explore with golden sandy beaches, year-round hot weather, a colourful culture and friendly English speaking locals. I’ve been visiting regularly for over ten years and I’ve found there is no...
Mandina Lodges, the perfect start to our West African honeymoon

Mandina Lodges, the perfect start to our West African honeymoon

As a female baboon with baby in tow passed by Neill, he glanced my way, grinning from ear to ear before returning his gaze to the troop of baboons that were casually marching by him, just a couple of feet away. I doubt when I suggested we had a second honeymoon, this...
Spicy chicken ‘pepe’ soup recipe from West Africa

Spicy chicken ‘pepe’ soup recipe from West Africa

This traditional spicy chicken soup from The Gambia, a small country in West Africa, is known as a cure-all and, amongst other things, is said to cure the common cold. The Gambians like their food spicy so be warned, pepe soup packs quite a punch! I’ve...
Get off the beaten path and unwind in The Gambia

Get off the beaten path and unwind in The Gambia

As a gentle sea breeze brushes my face, I arch my back in the cat pose. Moving from one yoga hold to another, I unwind and the stresses of life slip away. Lamin expertly guides me through each posture, and after over an hour of stretches and holds while...
A Traditional West African Wedding

A Traditional West African Wedding

I step out of the taxi onto the dusty lane, in a village much like any other in The Gambia; the roads here are just dirt tracks lined with the crumbling walls and ramshackle fences that mark out each family’s plot of land or compound as they...
Baobab smoothie recipe

Baobab smoothie recipe

While on my travels in The Gambia and Senegal I’ve often heard from the locals of the many uses and benefits of the fruit of the baobab tree, a vitamin, fibre, and antioxidant-rich superfood. Here’s my recipe for a delicious and nutritious baobab smoothie....
White domes, hot stones and a paper G-string!

White domes, hot stones and a paper G-string!

Sitting on a tiled bench in nothing but a paper g-string is not how I would normally picture the start of a day’s pampering but that is exactly how my morning at Coco Ocean Resort & Spa began; I was there to enjoy nearly 3 hours of utter self-indulgence, in...
An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

A traditional Jola Festival is the subject of my 3rd podcast from The Gambia with the transcript and plenty of photographs here on my blog. “Unnerving but fascinating to watch, they used everything from cutlasses and razor blades to energetically strike their...
From blue-bellied rollers to little bee-eaters

From blue-bellied rollers to little bee-eaters

The Gambia is world-renowned for bird watching, having some 560 species of birds, so I was delighted when I heard that bird watching expert, Malick Suso was going to be my guide in The Gambia for an early evening walk through Bijilo Forest. I had met Malick...

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