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Africa Outlook - - Gambia -

GIVEN THE COUN­TRY’S grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity from fur­ther afield in re­cent times, it is per­haps no sur­prise that it’s rel­a­tively easy to gain ac­cess to the na­tion from a visa per­spec­tive; most EU mem­ber states even be­ing able to en­ter the coun­try for an ini­tial 90 days visa-free.

No matter where you’re de­part­ing from though, you will likely ar­rive into Ban­jul International Air­port in the cap­i­tal city of Ban­jul. Pri­mar­ily ca­ter­ing for Europe and West Africa, from ar­rival on­wards, there are nu­mer­ous op­tions in terms of in­ter­nal trans­port dur­ing your stay but it is prob­a­bly the last re­main­ing in­fras­truc­tural chal­lenge that ex­ists in Gam­bia.

For most, ru­ral ex­cur­sions, im­pro­vised jour­neys and quirky tours are part of the charm of the whole ex­pe­ri­ence but it’s also worth mak­ing your­self fa­mil­iar with these lit­tle se­cu­rity and cost nu­ances prior to visit­ing.

For in­stance: pub­lic trans­port costs of­ten vary de­pend­ing on whether you end up in a shared taxi or an in­di­vid­ual one but you need to tell the driver which you want, oth­er­wise they may just choose the more ex­pen­sive op­tion for you; the ter­rain makes 4X4s a must if you want to get by un­der your own steam; and back to the cab chal­lenge again - if you can - al­ways choose yel­low taxis over green ones.

For ev­ery­thing else and es­pe­cially on the tourism front, guided tours are usu­ally the way to go.

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