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My Magazine 2023/07
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It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, but sometimes we all need a change of scenery to recharge our batteries. That's where we come in - offering a variety of trips and activities that allow you to explore the beauty and culture of this vibrant destination. The Gambia may be small but big on character and charm. It's a country that invites visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture, wildlife, and communities. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat or an exciting adventure, we've got you covered.

SITA JOYEH, MAKASUTU & GALLOYA


If you are looking for a trip that will allow you to discover the natural and cultural wonders of the Gambia, then a day trip to Sita Joyeh, Maksutu, and Galloya can be the one. From towering Baobab trees to the tranquil Makasutu forest, this trip offers a unique opportunity to explore the country's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. You can enjoy a boat ride, cultural performance or workshop and visit the Galloya village, known for its stunning mural art; in short, this trip has a variety of activities that cater to different interests.
 

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A DAY TRIP TO TANJI


Tanji is a coastal village with a strong fishing tradition. A day trip there includes kayaking along Tanji Creek, visiting the Tanji village museum for natural history and ethnographic exhibits, taking a drumming or dancing workshop, and exploring the vibrant Tanji fish market to witness the fresh catch of the day being hauled in by local fishermen. It's a one-day immersion into The Gambia's authentic culture and traditions.
 

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SEREKUNDA MARKET SHOPPING


Serrekunda shopping market is a vibrant traditional market in The Gambia where locals from nearby communities gather to trade goods in a lively and communal atmosphere. As one of the oldest markets in the country, it offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of The Gambia. For travellers, it's a must-visit destination that promises a unique and memorable experience. Expect to find various goods, including colourful textiles, handmade crafts, fresh produce, and more. With its bustling energy and authentic charm, the Serrekunda shopping market is a place you won't want to miss.
 

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LEARN TO DO BATIK & TIE-DYE


Are you looking for a unique way to spend your day in The Gambia beyond typical sightseeing or beach lounging? Do you want to tap into your creativity and explore a new skill? Then spending a half day with Musa, a skilled Gambian artisan, learning the art of tie dye and batik is the perfect choice for you! Discover the traditional techniques of fabric dyeing and immerse yourself in the daily life of a Gambian family. Indulge in a mouth-watering traditional lunch and create a beautiful souvenir showcasing creativity. This one-of-a-kind activity will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
 

LEARN TO BATIK!
 

KAYAKING ON TANJI CREEK


Long sandy beaches, warm temperatures, colourful culture and smiling people are just a few reasons why the Gambia is an ideal destination to visit throughout the year, but if you are considering taking time off from the beach Kayaking on Tanji Creek can be a perfect choice. But what makes kayaking at Tanji Creek so special? For starters, you'll have the opportunity to witness the stunning natural beauty as you paddle through the mangroves and see the vibrant ecosystem of the Gambia. And even if you're not a seasoned nature enthusiast, kayaking in the Gambia is still an excellent way to spend a day. So whether you are a first-time kayaker or a seasoned pro, this trip will surely leave you with lasting memories.
 

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FROM BAKAU TO BANJUL


Brimming with life, its population doubling every decade, Bakau is dynamic and everchanging. In contrast, Banjul, Gambia's small yet unique capital, boasts many historical landmarks, museums, and a bustling market, making it charming to visit. On this full-day city tour from Bakau to Banjul, discover the fascinating Kachikally Crocodile Pool and immerse yourself in local traditions before heading to Banjul to visit the historic Memorial Arch, Gambia National Museum, and vibrant craft market. Sample delicious street food at Albert Market and admire the stunning architecture of the National Assembly building. This is an unforgettable excursion through the heart of The Gambia that you won't want to miss!
 

EXPLORE BANJUL
 

FAMILY VISIT AND HOME COOKING

A home visit of a family in Tanji gives you a chance to experience the daily life of a Gambian family in one day. This experience doesn't only help you see the life of an everyday Gambia but also creates a much-needed extra direct income for the community members involved in the trip. You would test your skills in home chores at a home where electricity and water are not taken for granted and learn how to use traditional cooking utensils while preparing traditional meal for an extended family.
 

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EXPLORE THE SOUTH OF THE GAMBIA


Looking for a unique adventure that combines eco-tourism, cultural immersion, and hands-on experiences? Join us for a day in the south of the Gambia, where in Kartong, you'll witness the harvesting of oysters with local women on a boat, visit a reptile research centre, explore historical museums, and even plant dwarf coconuts for environmental protection! With stops at the Sand Dune Mosque, Mama Africa Residence & Art Center, Tanji Fishing Village, and more, this excursion offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with Gambian culture and nature. Take advantage of this unforgettable outing!
 

EXPLORE THE SOUTH
 

QUAD BIKE EXCURSION


Jatta Easy Quad offers a unique opportunity for four-wheelers lovers, providing beachside quad rentals and guiding tours in Sanyang at Paradise Beach. The company was founded in 2018 by Warren "Abubakar" Barrett, which decided to showcase the beauty of sweet Sanyang to the rest of the world from a different perspective. He rode personal quad bikes through various routes and figured this might also be an exciting view for travellers.
 

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THE ISLANDS - KUNTA KINTEH & JINACK


Following the footsteps of slavery, Kunta Kinteh is one of the significant memorials of the dark ages. Visiting the Museum of Slavery in Albreda and stepping on the vanishing island of one of the most known names in the history of slavery will not leave you senseless.
 

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PLAIT YOUR OWN BASKET


Basket weaving is an integral part of Gambian culture, preserving traditional skills and providing a sustainable source of income. On this full-day excursion with Fatou, a skilled basket weaver, learn how to make beautiful baskets and plates using traditional techniques. This eco-friendly activity is perfect for families, providing a fun and creative way to connect with Gambian culture while supporting local communities. Take home a unique souvenir and gain a new appreciation for the cultural and economic importance of basket weaving.
 

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MAKE YOUR OWN BANGLE


Silver is a metal associated with beauty and protection, and bangles are popular jewellery accessories in the Gambia as it is believed to offer protection to the wearer. Make your own bangle with silver smith, learn about the cultural significance of silver jewellery, and create a unique souvenir. This can be a perfect activity for families and individuals interested in experiencing Gambian culture and tradition.
 

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In conclusion, whether you have just a few hours or a full day to spare in the Gambia, there are plenty of options for fun and adventure. From exploring the bustling markets and historic sites in Banjul to taking a kayaking ride on the river Gambia or enjoying the beautiful beaches, there's something for everyone.

Looking to have the best time in The Gambia? Look no further! Visit our platform today to discover a wide range of accommodations, trips, activities, events, and services that will make your trip unforgettable. Book now and prepare to create lifelong memories!

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