Tourism in Gambia, 10 Reasons to Visit Gambia. The tourism sector in Gambia began with the arrival of 300 Swedish tourists in 1965. The number of visitors increased from 300 tourists in 1965 to 25,000 visitors in 1976. The number of tourists has continued to grow sharply over the years and since the government is willing to diversify the economy, tourism has become a potential main source of foreign exchange revenue.
In 2017, 174,000 tourists visited Gambia. Gambia is most visited by United Kingdom. Countries following United Kingdom respectively; Netherlands, Nigeria, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Spain, United States, Ireland and France. Numerous tourists visit the country with its local markets, museums, national parks and friendly people. Here are 10 reasons to visit Gambia.
Located on the Atlantic coast of Gambia, Bakau is a wonderful city to visit. Here you can visit attractions such as Botanical Gardens, Bakau Kachikally and beaches at Cape Point. It is one of the most visited cities in the country.
Banjul is the capital and largest city of the country. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, this city is known as the most developed city in terms of tourism. There are many historical buildings and natural beauty areas in the city. Visit the Old Town Area, Ferry Terminal, Arch 22, Gammbiya National Museum, 22nd July Square, Cololi Beach and Senegambia.
Located in the west of the country, Brikama is the second largest city in the country with a population exceeding 100 bikes. This city is also the music center of the country. This is one of the most visited cities in the country.
Bansang, located in the Central River region of the country, is a city to visit. It is one of the most visited cities in the country. About 9 thousand people live here. The city is popularly hosted by the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, which has been the only hospital for many years.
Georgetown, or Janjanbureh, located in the Central River region in the middle of the country, is a city on the island. There is a wonderful view of this city, which is located in the southern bank of the Gambia river.
6. Albert Market
Located in Banjul, capital city of the country and the biggest city, Albert Market is a market place to visit. You can come here and experience the local market. Apart from that, you can find many gift items here again.
7. Kunta Kinteh Island
Kunta Kinteh Island is a historic island in Gambia that clearly reveals the Gambian River to the ocean. James Castle is located on the island. This is known more as a slave island. Furthermore, it was a place where slaves who had gone to America in the past lived. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2003. The island is one of the most visited places in the country.
8. Abuko Nature Reserve
Abuko Nature Reserve, located in Gambia’s Abuko town, is the first wildlife park in the country that opened in 1968. There are many animal species such as Antelope, squirrel, hedgehog, monkey and Nile crocodile. We advise you to visit this area on 107 hectares.
9. Gambia National Museum
The National Museum of Gambia, located in Banjul, capital of the country and the largest city, is a museum opened in 1985. Many works are exhibited in the museum. Furthermore, documents and images that show the country’s history and cultural characteristics are exhibited. You can visit this museum to learn about the history and culture of the country.
10. Kiang West National Park
Located on the south bank of the Gambian River, Kiang West National Park is one of the largest and most important wildlife reserves in the country opened in 1987. Moreover, located on an area of 19,526 hectares, this park contains a large number of animal species and plant species.