Travel To The Gambia – West Africa
The Gambia, bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal, gained its independence from the UK in 1965. It is known as the home of the Juffure Village, where Mr. Alex Haley traced his ancestry.
As a former British colony, the official language is English, but Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, and other indigenous vernaculars are widely spoken.
The climate is tropical, with a hot, rainy season between June and November; and a cooler, dry season between November and May.
Islam is practiced by 90% of the population, Christianity 9%, and indigenous beliefs 1%.
In the Gambia exists the cultural Juffure Village, which is the home of Kunta Kinte, Mr. Alex Haley’s ancestry from the story “Roots.”
Gambia is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal. Banjul is the capital. It is almost twice the size of the state of Delaware in the US. Click here to see a map of Gambia.
The dalasi is the currency in the Gambia. The rate of exchange is $1 = approximately 28 Delasi. For actual conversion rates, visit Oanda.com and perform a conversion for the ‘Gambian Delasi.’
Passport and visa are required. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required also.