The Gambia has its ‘touristy bit’, a large area of all-inclusive beach resorts, hotels, countless bars and restaurants, nightclubs etc…reminiscent of Torremolinos/Benidorm in many ways. The sandy beaches are so large that they never get overcrowded.
Some of the hotels are very large, luxurious and contain everything some people look for in a holiday and there are those who never leave the confines of their ‘hotel resort’.
We stopped off briefly along the strip a couple of times just to do a bit of people-watching while grabbing a bite to eat. Had quite a nice curry at the Jewel of India on one occasion.
Surprisingly, the large hotels in the area are actually home to a wide variety of bird and animal life. The grounds are very well kept and you will find several species of monkeys running around, huge vultures in the trees and on the lawns, Hamerkop nesting and a host of other birds going about their business.
Walking down the main tourist street requires a bit of patience as the hassle from purveyors of trips, taxis etc is incessant, one after the other, and no-one seems keen or able to comprehend the word ‘no’. Why on earth anyone would want a taxi to cross from one side of the road to the other is beyond me, but hey ho.