The Gambia was a British colony for two hundred years – from 1765 until 1965!
9. It’s often warm here, but there is respite.
The residents of Gambia enjoy a tropical climate with 2 seasons. The hot, rainy season is from June to November and the cooler, dry season is from November to May.
Banjul, the capital city of Gambia
10. Do people speak English in Gambia?
The official language of Gambia is English, although Mandinka, Wolof and Fula are also spoken here.
11. Sales patter doesn’t exist out here.
In Gambia, business deals are apparently based on relationships and trust, rather than salesmanship.
12. Here’s a fascinating societal fact…
Allegedly, no area of Gambia is populated by a single ethnic group.
Blue brested Kingfisher
13. We could learn a thing or two!
During elections, Gambians vote using a stone or marble in a private booth; they are presented with holes in the ground marked with each candidate, they drop the stone in the hole they choose and done! Very eco-friendly – saves on paper!
14. What should you spend in The Gambia?
The Gambian Dalasi is the official currency here.
15. Gambian industries and exports really do vary.
Gambia grows peanuts, rice, sorghum and millet, rears cattle, sheep and goats and catches fish.
Its industry consists of tourism, fish, processing peanuts, beverages and agricultural machinery assembly.
Gambia also exports fish, peanut products, palm kernels and cotton lint.
Serrakunda, a market town in The Gambia
FAQs about The Gambia
Is The Gambia a safe country to visit?
The Gambia is reportedly fairly safe as a tourist destination, however, petty crime can be a problem in the cities.
Do I need a visa to visit The Gambia?
That depends on where you are visiting from. If you are a European or EU National, you normally won’t need one. Make sure to check with your national embassy in The Gambia before you travel.
What’s the weather like in Gambia in the winter?
In wintertime, you can normally expect temperatures as low as around 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Not bad at all!
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