Gambia Tours & Holidays
At this stage we don't have any organised trips to Gambia.
That said, Intrepid can create tailor-made tours to many destinations, including Gambia. Our fully customised trips still offer the same small group experiences with local leaders, but made just the way you want it. Simply fill out your details on our Tailor-Made page and one of our travel specialists will be in touch. Or why not visit Morocco, Kenya or Botswana?
Gambia at a glance
Banjul (population 480,000)
English (official), Wolof, Mandinka, Fula
Type G (Irish/British 3-pin) Type C (European 2-pin)
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Gambia travel FAQs
- Australia: No - Not required
- Belgium: Yes - Not required
- Canada: Yes - Not required
- Germany: No - Not required
- Ireland: No - Not required
- Netherlands: Yes - Not required
- New Zealand: No - Not required
- South Africa: Not required
- Switzerland: Not required
- UK: No - Not required
- USA: Yes
Some nationalities require a visa to visit Gambia. If you require a visa, it must be obtained in advance from an embassy overseas. Some nationalities, like those listed above, do not need a visa for stays of less than 90 days. Contact your nearest Gambian embassy for further information relating to visas.
A 10% service charge is usually added to the bill in established restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis — but feel free to tip more than this for exceptional service. At restaurants where a service charge isn’t included, 10% is the acceptable gratuity.
Although tipping at other places isn't mandatory it will be much appreciated given the low wages that Gambian service workers are typically paid. Setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is also a good idea.
The internet connection can be a little slow in some remote areas, especially in towns further inland. Hotels, cafes and bars in Banjul usually have wi-fi with reliable connectivity.
Mobile phone coverage is good in The Gambia’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural areas. The major local telephone companies are Gamcell and Africell. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you plan to use your mobile phone.
Fairly clean western-style toilets can generally be found in Banjul and the towns on the Atlantic Coast. In towns and villages further inland, squat/pit toilets are the norm. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper as this is rarely provided.
- Sandwich = 200 GMD
- Litre of bottled water = 40 GMD
- Bottle of beer = 90 GMD
- Meal at a middle-range restaurant = 800 GMD
Tap water isn't safe to drink in The Gambia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
The Gambia is primarily a cash-based economy. Credit cards are generally only accepted at top-end hotels, if arranged at the beginning of your stay, and at some high-end restaurants. American Express and Visa are the most likely to be accepted, though use sparingly as there is a genuine risk of fraud.
ATMs can be found at banks and urban centres in Banjul and around the Atlantic Coast, though they aren’t always reliable. Due to credit card and bank fraud, caution is advised when using these and some ATMs may only allow withdrawals of fairly small amounts. Be sure to have other payment methods on hand when venturing out of the big cities. Visa is the most accepted card.
- 1 January: New Year's Day
- 18 February: Independence Day
- Good Friday*
- Easter Monday*
- 1 May: Labour Day
- Koriteh (End of Ramadan)*
- 22 July: Revolution Day
- 15 August: Assumption Day
- Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) - Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a*
- 25 December: Christmas Day
*Please note these dates vary. See the current list of public holidays in Gambia.
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
Go to: https://travel.gc.ca/
From the UK?
From New Zealand?
From the US?
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.