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Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia

Travel Guide Out of Print
By: Philip Briggs(Author), Simon Fenton(Author)
254 pages, 11 pages with colour photos, 2 pages with 1 colour map, b/w maps
Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia
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  • Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia ISBN: 9781784770648 Edition: 2 Paperback Nov 2017 Out of Print #237429
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With 16 well-researched chapters and 26 useful maps, this new thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia remains the most comprehensive guide available in any language to what is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Significant development has taken place in recent years and this new edition offers all the latest updates, including new restaurants and hotels, detailed coverage of the many new eco lodges and camps that have sprung up, information on festivals, music workshops and opportunities to experience the unique local culture, and informed advice about birdwatching possibilities in a country very popular with first-time birders to Africa. As well as encompassing the popular coastal resorts, the guide also provides all the detailed information required to explore the relatively undeveloped interior, making it ideal for both visitors on organised packaged holidays and independent travellers alike.

Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa's most welcoming and safest country with its plethora of beach resorts – catering to all tastes and budgets – that line the 80km stretch of tropical coastline running from the capital Banjul to the remote southern border. Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia offers perhaps the closest English-speaking 'winter sun' destination from Europe and is also an emerging destination for adventure activities such as kayaking, mountain bike tours, quad biking and parachuting. Justifiably popular with birdwatchers, the lush mangrove- and jungle-fringed river is also home to crocodiles, hippos, chimpanzees and a variety of monkeys. Historic attractions include the mysterious megalithic stone circles at Wassu and Ker Batch, and the fortified James Island and former slave-trading village of Juffureh (to where Alex Haley traced his ancestry in the book and TV programme Roots) – all of which form part of the country's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer rich pickings to moderately adventurous travellers.

All in all, Bradt Travel Guide: The Gambia is the perfect companion for discovering this safe, welcoming and decidedly tourist-friendly English-speaking country which makes for an ideal short-stay introduction to the unique atmosphere of Africa.


Chapter 1 Background Information
Chapter 2 Natural History
Chapter 3 Practical Information
Chapter 4 Health

Greater Banjul and Kololi: An Overview
Chapter 5 Central Banjul
Chapter 6 Bakau and Cape Point
Chapter 7 Serekunda, Fajara and Kairaba Avenue
Chapter 8 Kotu and Palma Rima
Chapter 9 Kololi and Environs

The Coastal Belt: An Overview
Chapter 10 Brufut, Tanji and Surrounds
Chapter 11 South to Kartong
Chapter 12 Inland to Brikama and Pirang
Chapter 13 Niumi and the North Coast

Upriver Gambia: An Overview
Chapter 14 Inland to Soma and Farafenni
Chapter 15 Janjanbureh and Central River Division
Chapter 16 Basse and Upper River Division

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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to over 20 Bradt guides on Africa

Travel Guide Out of Print
By: Philip Briggs(Author), Simon Fenton(Author)
254 pages, 11 pages with colour photos, 2 pages with 1 colour map, b/w maps
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