3 Nights in The Gambia, The Smiling Coast of Africa

2019 wasn’t proving to be my most favourable year.

It was mid-March and already things had quite frankly gone to pot.

I needed to escape and fast.

I played around on Skyscanner, using the world map feature to view flights from my local city to all over the world. It was fun to customise flights, searching for direct flights only with a return cost of under £200.

Suddenly, my heart leapt.

Could it be?

A return flight for £170 per person was showing for a country perched upon the West African coastline.

I nearly squealed in delight.

If you’ve been following my blog you will know just how much my heart pulls me to the African continent.

So far I had only ventured to southern Africa, reaching Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. West Africa was somewhere I desperately wanted to visit and now it was essentially being handed to me on a plate.

I’d heard little of The Gambia but it didn’t matter. I wanted to get to know The Gambia personally.

So, I bought the tickets for 3 nights only a week in advance.

I was going to The Gambia!

Below is a chronological list of all my blog posts from this trip.

Arriving in The Gambia: Africa’s Smiling Coast

The Gambia. A small country perched on the coastline of west Africa, surrounded on three sides by the country of Senegal, except for the western border which meets the Atlantic. It’s a country you may never have heard of, let alone know anything about. If I’m being totally honest with you, I knew nothing about… Read More

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Gambian Hotel with a Difference: Footsteps Eco-Lodge

The room was silent, the gentle humming of the fan that we put on the night before now resting. The electricity created by the solar panels the following day must have run out. The only sounds to rouse me from my peaceful slumber was the combination of the sweeping of a broom against a hard… Read More

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Gunjur to Serrekunda: A Taste of The Gambia

My first morning in The Gambia had been spent relaxing in the scorching 40 degree Celsius sun and gorging on delicious food at our eco-lodge. It had been a welcome start to our 4 day retreat to Africa’s smiling coast. Although we had arrived last night, we had decided against picking up our rental car… Read More

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Our Journey to The Gambia’s Secluded Beach

“The closest ATM is in Brikama town.” The woman at the Western Union counter explained. It was the only store that closely resembled a bank in the village of Gunjur. Gunjur was our nearest village, situated a few kilometres from the ocean and out of view from the main road. A few quaint, colourful shops… Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020

Expedition to Brikama Town in The Gambia

We woke up to another day of paradise in The Gambia. The sun filtered down through the canopy of vibrant trees, dappling the footpath ahead of us as we made our way to breakfast. Footsteps Eco-Lodge was proving to be a very friendly place to stay. Last night, dinner was served for us at a… Read More

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Birdwatching in the Koofung Forest Park, The Gambia

Our lodge in The Gambia (Footsteps Eco-Lodge) was perched upon the edge of a protected area of forest known as the Koofung Forest Park. As a result, it was a renowned spot for birdwatching. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. I have never ever seen the appeal of birdwatching. There I said it!… Read More

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Ella McKendrick on Black Rock Viewpoint, Kenmore Scotland

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