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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2015
driving from Dakar, Senegal to the Gambia  (9 Answers)

Is it permittable and feasible pricewise to get a rental car to drive from Dakar to the Gambia for a couple of days?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2014
Moving to Gambia  (2 Answers)

I will be traveling to Gambia come sometime beginning of the year and then will eventually move there. What is the best way to move my things. I have heard many horror stories about things getting "lost in the mail"...so any information would be gladly accepted and appreciated.
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2014
I need take tools  (7 Answers)

We are opening a bar/restaurant in The Gambia and need to take some tools across on our next flight. Drill and screwdrivers etc will this be a problem at customs?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2014
Internet and mobile supply  (2 Answers)

How is the Internet supply in Gambia? Are there any areas where there is no internet or mobile?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2014
oasis apartments,kollili  (2 Answers)

i cannot seem to get much info on oasis apartments,has anyone stayed there,is security good, do they have safe in room,has kitchen ,plates ,cups,glasses etc any info would help,thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2014
airport charges.  (9 Answers)

i have booked flights with thomas cook to banjul (accommodation booked seperately) in march 2014. when we land at banjul,what is required from airport authorities re-visa,fees etc. thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2014
Some questions for our first trip to the Gambia.  (8 Answers)

Hello everyone,

My girlfriend and me are visiting the Gambia from the 17th of february.
we are both 23years old, and have never visited the Gambia before
We are staying in the Laico atlantic hotel in banjul.

But I still have some questions.
For instance, we have booked half board, and I was wondering what the prices in the hotels were for a beer or cocktail, and also the prices out in town? So I can roughly calculate how much money to bring.

Is it it safe to stay out late in Banjul? Or is it wise to be back in our hotel before dark..

Is it possible to collect money or pay with mastercard?

Can we trust hotel staff not to break in our lockers?

How much do taxi's from Banjul to Kololi or Bakau cost?

Any tips on what we surely have to see, or cant miss out on?

We are really looking forward to our stay in Gambia, but are still a bit anxious since it's our first trip to africa.

Many thanks in advance!
Greetings,
Hannes&Sofie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2014
traveling alone (female) and things to do....  (10 Answers)

I want to visit Gambia (spur of the moment) and will be on my own. I'm looking for an inexpensive, charismatic place to stay on a beach (or near) location with opportunities to travel around a bit and get involved with the culture and some wildlife. I've traveled to many places across Africa before but never to The Gambia and would appreciate some advise.
Sara


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2014
canoe trip up river  (3 Answers)

hi guys, I am off to gambia in three weeks and am planning on doing a canoe trip on the river to photograph some of the wildlife that lives in and on the banks of the river, so I was wandering if anyone could help me with any information on the cost and who to book the trip with. thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 09, 2013
cost of guides  (7 Answers)

hi. I am traveling to gambia in January and I plan on hiring a guide for the week to show me around. I wonder if someone could tell me how much I should pay for a guide per day and if anyone knows a good honest trustworthy guide whom I could contact when I arrive. thankyou for your time.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2013
how much money should we take for a week?  (2 Answers)

Me and my g/f are going to kotu for a week on tuesday.discounting tours how much spending money for food (alcohol) and few gifts etc? kindly obliged


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2013
Is anyone Traveling to the Gambia year 2013/2014?  (2 Answers)

Hello dear i am just new in this Forum and here to share knowledge about traveling and tourism and in same time make friend from around the world. i am asking if there is anyone that is planning to Travel and tour to the Gambia smiling coast of Africa?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2013
Currency exchange  (3 Answers)

Hi, my husband and I are off to Gambia soon, we wondered if anyone could advise us on whether to exchange our currency here in the UK or when we arrive in Gambia? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2013
How safe is Gambia  (7 Answers)

Is it really safe to holiday in Gambia, I have been offered a holiday but really don't know what to expect. part of me is excited but the other half terrified. I know there are dangers everywhere but Africa seems a bit more scary.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2013
Inoculations  (2 Answers)

Hi

Me and my girlfriend have recently booked a last minute holiday to Gambia (leaving in 4 weeks) and have found out that we need inoculations to go. I am fully aware of the injections i need however was wondering if i can get all of these injections in the same day?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2013
November or February / Place?  (6 Answers)

We have the option of either mid Nov or mid Feb for a 10 day holiday. Which is the better month to go as far as weather and mozzies are concerned in The Gambia. We are thinking of The Palm beach hotel in Kotu, we like simple but clean. We are a couple 50 years old, like quiet and beach during day, but want to go to bars/ restaurants in the evening. It's our first time to The Gambia, but well travelled, been to Goa, Egypt amongst lots of other places. Any advice / suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2013
is it really worth going to gambia  (6 Answers)

having booked my holiday and and checking many forums, im wondering if i did the right thing booking gambia.
what sort of holiday am i going to have thinking about malaria, having to cover up at night,having to cover myself with deet during the day,staying in the room at sunset,not to mention maybe a need for a yellow fever jab,rabies?, bumsters !, so many places you can go without the need for this.
can anyone tell me if they knew about all the precautions you have to take for gambia,before you booked and if so why are you going there and not somewhere else ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2013
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2013
what food can i take into gambia  (2 Answers)

hi there my wife and i are travelling to gambia shortly for the first time, we are going bed and breakfast and would like to know if we could take cooked meats and dairy products with us. like a little snack at bed time x


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2012
1 week itinerary gambia?  (3 Answers)

Anyone got some suggested itineraries for 1 week?

Wouldn't mind a couple of days at the beach, maybe a 2 night excursion up river for birding/hippos and then anything else that might get me out of the resort area for a bit to actually see the real country, not a beefed up resort part of it.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2012
fishing  (2 Answers)

i arrive in gambia on the13th of nov staying at hallin compound down for ishing if anyone wants to come and join me for days fishing peace an no bumpsters


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2012
I am planning my first trip to Gambia this christmas with my 20 year old daughter.  (3 Answers)

Does anyone have recommendations on a good resort and hotel. We are looking for a hotel by the beach which is also close to a town with some good restaurants and family run bars. Also interested in a few day trips out if you have any suggestions.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2012
tourist tax  (2 Answers)

can anyone tell me please if it is a tourist tax or visa needed for Gambia now?
Whichever, whats the cost per person now?
do you fill in the visa in-flight or is it just pay on entry?
this is for a family of 4 in December
thanks for any info


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2012
palma riva bungalows, kololi  (1 Answer)

4 years since we,ve been to Gambia and forgotten most of what we learned, so please bear with me!!.
Going for xmas and new year to the above, this time with the kids, age 12 & 9.
first off, any latest reviews on the palma riva, real ones not made up!!
does anyone know what the fridge hire and a/c cost per week, also the cost of the safety deposit?
wer,e fully inclusive but normally by the second week i like to look further afield for meals so any tips for restaurants, bars etc. mucho appreciated.
is the run from the hotel to the beach as bad as other forums described, yes i know about the bumsters but the last time we were at the palm grove on banjul highway and it wasn,t to bad there.
when do the schools break up for xmas hols? as we want the kids to see the difference between our cultures, they think the pics we took last time were off the internet! is it still the done thing to take pens, pencils etc?, we bought the notebooks on senegambia strip the last time.
thanks in advance for any replies.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2012
swimming  (3 Answers)

we are going to banjul beach next jan ,ive noticed on pic the beaches are very quiet and wondered is it safe to swim in the sea there


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2012
Cheapest place to get Malarone  (15 Answers)

Hi, we are going to Gambia on the 22nd Feb and our GP has given us a private prescription for Malarone. It's quite expensive and I wondered if anyone has found somewhere relatively cheap to get it.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2012
cheap trips and food  (2 Answers)

hi, i will be staying at the senegambia beach hotel at the end of jan, could anyone recommend a cheap bar/ resturant and the best place to get tours from locals, many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2012
The "Real" Gambia  (4 Answers)

Hi, We are heading to the Gambia for 3 weeks in Feb 2012 and are fairly experienced travellers and would like to see some of the "real" Gambia. I.E away from the tourist traps. Also, if there is anything to bring with us to give to the locals. We have taken pens, paper, sweets, toothpaste/brushes etc on previous trips to other countries.

We are staying in Kotu.

Any recommendations would be highly welcome. Many thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2012
Mosquito Repellent & Sun-Cream  (1 Answer)

Hi, Going out to the Gambia in Feb for 3 weeks and because Thomas Cook are strict on the baggage weight, I was wondering whether we can buy mosquito repellent, sun-cream, aftersun lotion etc in the Gambia. We are staying at the Palm Beach Hotel in Kotu.

Many thanks in advance for you answers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2011
yellow fever innoculation  (12 Answers)

we are travelling to the gambia in 3 weeks and were just wondering is it compulsary to have yellow fever vaccination.



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