when we first came to the gambia we had heard all sorts of terrible things about people hassling you. we had booked a week at the ocean bay, on the day of our arrival in the evening we ventured along the beach and found a small local beach bar where we had a beer, on our way home along the shore, it was dark and we were fairly apprehensive, about half a mile from the hotel, we saw someone following us, ever so slightly we increased our pace, eventually the figure started running,
it was the waiter from the beach bar, we had forgotten to pay.
i thought i relate that story as i have been asked by people wanting to book and are worried about the bumsters. from my limited experience having only ever been to the cape and in the last couple of years the strip, we found the cape to be the harder of the two, mind you even there one them gave me a beaded necklace when he realised i wasnt falling for his spiel.
at its worst i guess they are like chuggers and if you are even a bit like me (note my pic, thats me on a bad morning) and can bear to tell them where to get, i would be more worried to going to places like mexico where i have this fantasy of banditos kidnapping us and demanding ransom.
and i know this topic has been raised before and i also know that im treading on well-worn ground.
you need have a bit of common sense but people are really friendly and generally it is no more dangerous than many london boroughs.