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Top tourist attractions in Gambia

Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko Nature Reserve is Gambia’s oldest protected area situated in Western Region within 19 km from Banjul City. The reserve protects a large tract of gallery forest and is particularly noted for its bird and monkey populations. The visitor can also see lions, hyenas and crocodiles.

Albert Market

The Albert Market is a street market in Banjul Located on Liberation Avenue and the market was built in the mid-nineteenth century. This is a wholesale and retail market that sells clothes to hardware, produce like; fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, dried goods crafts.

Brikama Craft Market

This is a home to some of the most talented wood carvers in the Gambia situated within 7 km from Banjul. This craft market offers a wonderful selection of woodcarvings and souvenirs.

Katchikally Crocodile Pool

Kachikally Crocodile Pool is located in the heart of Bakau about 16 km from the capital Banjul. It is one of three sacred crocodile pools used as sites for fertility rituals. The pool was discovered hundreds of years ago by the natives of Bakau and is home to more than 100 crocodiles.

Kiang West National Park

Kiang West National Park is situated within 145 km from Banjul City and it one of the largest and most important wildlife reserves in the Gambia gazetted by Government of Gambia in 1987. The park covered with deciduous woodland, savannah and there are also extensive stretches of mangrove creeks, bolong tributaries and tidal flats. The area has vultures, harrier eagles, sand grouse, Blue-breasted, Kingfisher hawks, White-shouldered Black Tit and falcons.

Makasutu

Makasutu Forest is located about 5 km to the north east of Brikama  is a lush green wilderness  fed by a tributary of the Gambia River known as Mandina Bolon. There are a variety of eco-systems within the Makasutu protected wilderness area namely: savannah, mangroves, a dense mature tropical forest, Guinea woodland and semi-wooded grassland.

Stone Circles

Stone Circles are located within 288 km from Banjul. The site consists of four large groups of stone circles that represent an extraordinary concentration of over 1,000 monuments in a band 100 km wide along some 350 km of the River Gambia.  They consist of rings up to eight metres in diameter of 10 to 24 rounded, reddish-brown, laterite pillars and two-and-a-half metres in height.

Tanje Village Museum

Tanje Village Museum is located within 32 km from Banjul. The museum is the first private museum in Gambia covering 20,000 square metres on a light, bright and green environment costing 60 different plant species. The Museum aims to preserve the culture of the country.

Lemonfish Art Gallery

Lemonfish Art Gallery is located in Kartong. The building comprises of 2 public viewing halls with their original collections of contemporary African Art and a good sized portico for staging art exhibitions, events and these include; outlet sells arts, fashion clothes, crafts and African Jewellery.

River Gambia National Park

River Gambia National Park is located within 272 km from Banjul City. The national park was established in 1978 and is made up of 5 islands that lie on the river in the Central River collectively known as Baboon Islands which cover an area of approximately 1,445 acres and are relatively flat. Primates are plentiful, as well as reptiles and birds.

Arch 22

Arch 22 is a commemorative arch on the road into Banjul  built in 1996. Arch 22 is by far the tallest building in The Gambia. The arch provides excellent views over the city and it’s open to the public daily.

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