Famous places to visit in Gambia
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The Republic of the Gambia is the smallest country on the African Continent. This smallest country has a lot to offer for its tourists. There are amazing beaches, charming natural reserves, and rich flora and fauna. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the places to visit in the Republic of the Gambia.
Let’s start exploring famous places to visit in Gambia
River Gambia National Park
River Gambia National park is a beautiful national park lying on the left bank of the Gambia River. The park is located in the district of Niamina East district of the Republic of the Gambia. The River Gambia National Park was established in the year of 1978.
Abuko Nature Reserve
Abuko Nature Reserve is the first wildlife reserve of the Republic of the Gambia which is situated in the Abuko town. The natural reserve is one of the most attractive points for the tourist in the Gambia. In this reserve, you can watch various birds such as palm nut vultures, African paradise flycatchers, etc., and animals like Ground Squirrel, Red Colobus monkey, porcupine, Savannah Antelopes, Crocodile, etc.
National Museum of Gambia
National Museum of Gambia is a Cultural museum that has now become one of the main attractive points for tourists who want to know about the cultural and political history of the country. The Gambian National museum was founded in the year 1985. The Museum is situated in the city of Banjul. If you are in the Gambia, then you must pay a visit to the museum and explore the cultural and political history of the country. The Museum is administered by the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC).
Wassu Stone Circle
Wassu Stone Circle is a Senegambian stone circle which is comprised of and into the Wassu (Gambian) and Sine-Saloum (Senegalese) circles. Wassu Stone Circle is a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Wassu, an area is made up of 11 large concentrations of the circle. It is believed that it is the ancient site of the burials of kings and Chieftains. Wassu Stone Circle is situated in the Niani district of the Republic of the Gambia (Central River Region).
Albert Market is also one of the main attraction points for tourists in the Republic of the Gambia. This market was created in the 19th century and is named after Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. The market is located in the capital city of Banjul. In this market, you can fulfill all your shopping desires. There is a number of products available here such as carved wooden masks and other crafts, fabrics, etc. And don’t forget to taste the mouth-watering local food of the market.
KuntaKinteh Island is also one of the famous tourist places of Gambia. KuntaKinteh Island is situated in the Gambia River near Juffureh town. The island was formerly known as James Island. The island is included in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Fort James is located on the island which is visited by many tourists.
Arch 22 is one of the most attractive points for tourists in the Republic of the Gambia. This arch is also placed in the list of tallest structures of the Republic of the Gambia. The arch was built in the year 1996. The arch is designed by Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby located in the city of Banjul, Gambia. This commemorative arch offers a spectacular view from its top.
Sanyang Village and Beach
Sanyang Village and Beach is situated in the Kombo District of The Republic of the Gambia (the southwest coastal area). The Sanyang village approximately 32 km away from the city of Banjul is the home of 7000 people of various tribes such as Wolof, Mandinka, Fula, and Jola tribes. Sayang Beach is one of the best beachfront of Gambia. The beach is comprised of Paradise, Osprey, and Pelican beaches. The beach is one of the top attraction points for tourists in the Gambia. The beach offers a very nice opportunity to relax away from the crowd of the cities.
Bijilo Forest Park
Bijilo Forest Park is one of the most attractive points for tourists in the Republic of the Gambia. Bijilo Forest Park is also known as Monkey Park. This forest park is located in a coastal zone in the Kombo Saint Mary District in the Republic of the Gambia. It is a recommended place to visit while you are in the Gambia especially if you are a bird lover. There are approximately more than a hundred species of birds such as red-billed hornbill, greater honeyguide, oriole warbler, palm-nut vulture, etc. Primate species in the park include red colobus, monkeys, and patas.
BaoBolong Wetland Reserve
BaoBolong Wetland Reserve is one of the most visited places by animal and bird lovers in the Republic of Gambia. This 220 km National Park was established in the year 1996. The park, located on the north bank of River Gambia, is very rich in the flora and fauna.