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Major cities and airports in Gambia
- Banjul – Banjul International Airport (BJL)
Time and Communication
Gambia operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and does not observe daylight saving time. The country has two major mobile operators: Africell and Qcell, both providing good call quality and coverage in urban areas. Cell phone coverage is available in most parts of the country, but it may be limited in some rural areas.
Money and shopping
The local currency in Gambia is the Gambian Dalasi (GMD), with an exchange rate of approximately 50 GMD to 1 USD. Payments in other currencies, such as USD or EUR, may be accepted at some tourist establishments, but it’s best to carry local currency. Payments with major credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and businesses, but smaller shops may not accept them. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express and Discover cards may not be. Currency exchange offices usually operate during regular business hours, but it’s also possible to exchange money at hotels and banks.
Public transportation options in Gambia include buses, shared taxis, and car rentals. The most common mode of transportation is the shared taxi, known locally as “bush taxis” or “sept-places,” which operate on fixed routes and can be flagged down along the way. Buses are available for longer distances, but they may not be as comfortable or reliable as shared taxis. Car rentals are available in major cities and at the airport, but it’s recommended to have some experience driving in West Africa before renting a car.
- Kunta Kinteh Island: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this island is famous for its role in the transatlantic slave trade and is home to the remains of Fort James.
- Abuko Nature Reserve: A small protected area featuring diverse wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and over 250 bird species.
- Makasutu Cultural Forest: A beautiful eco-reserve encompassing a variety of ecosystems, with opportunities for birdwatching, canoe trips, and cultural experiences.
- Banjul Arch 22: An iconic landmark in Gambia’s capital city, Banjul, offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area from its top.
- Bijilo Forest Park: A coastal forest reserve known for its population of green vervet monkeys, lush vegetation, and idyllic beach access.