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A Good Guide!.

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A Good Guide!.

Hi, We're going to TG on the 9th Feb to the Ocean Bay Hotel.

Can anyone recommend a guide and whats the going rate for him/her.?

Thanks.

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1. Re: A Good Guide!.

What sort of Guide do you need..??

Remember wages in Gambia are about 800 to 1,200 Dalasi a Month..

40 Dalasi a Day....!!!

So Don't get Conned...!!!

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2. Re: A Good Guide!.

Thank ric -- I won't.

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3. Re: A Good Guide!.

Remember wages in Gambia are about 800 to 1,200 Dalasi a Month..

40 Dalasi a Day....!!!

So Don't get Conned...!!!

Fair enough but that wage is not enough to live on, by the time they have bought a bag of rice approx 800 dalasis and paid rent, no fish money school fees, fares etc that is nowhere near enough to live on. All the staff employed in the tourist areas are paid peanuts because it is expected they will get tips. Also the guides, tourist taxi's etc don't get work every day or even every week at times. The season is only for 6 months so very little work in the off season.

I agree don't get ripped off but don't be too stingy either!

I can recommend the guys I use to help me with the charity, they won't rip you off and are based in the Cape Point area. Please pm me if you want details

Sandy

Edited: 03 February 2011, 20:14
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I have to agree with Sandyrey. 40 dalasi a day is nowhere near enough to live on, even if you had this work every day. Look at what organised tours cost !

I was quite happy to pay a guide and driver 4-500 dalasi EACH a day. ( Thats only £10 each ) No tour guide or Driver has work everyday, indeed many can go all week with no work at all. Having the use of your own guide, driver and a car All day for only £20 was a bargain.

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PM me if you need the details of a guide who is also a taxi driver. Nice chap with great local knowledge. He is married to a British lady.

Edited: 04 February 2011, 15:04
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"I was quite happy to pay a guide and driver 4-500 dalasi EACH a day. ( Thats only £10 each ) No tour guide or Driver has work everyday, indeed many can go all week with no work at all. Having the use of your own guide, driver and a car All day for only £20 was a bargain."

That is a super bargain. Did you have to pay for fuel or was it included in the £20?

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If you leave the Ocean Bay hotel by the main entrance and walk over the road you will see the "official Guide" stand. I can highly recommend Falilu who is a good personal friend and a real gentleman. When I was poorly in Gambia last year he looked after my partner taking her out to the supermarket for water / food etc and wouldn't take any money, just wanted to make sure Lesley was ok. He can be relied upon. I have his mobile number if you want to text him in advance of your visit. Send me a personal message if you are interested and i'll send you the number.

I would recommend you use the official guides if its your first visit to the area as they will very quickly help you get your bearings in the Cape Point / Bakau area (bars, supermarkets, restaurants, sights etc). Once you've got your bearings you'll not need to use them as its perfectly safe to walk around day or night.

The official guides going rate is 200 dalas (£5) for a half day or 400 (£10) for a full day escorted trip

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8. Re: A Good Guide!.

Sandy,

Yes it's not enough, but the majority of working Gambians, have to live with it.

How the unemployed get along is they have Friends and Neighbours and distant Family.. These are the People who need the Money...!!

The people that are tourist related do have 6 Months off.

I'm not talking about tips, you can give more than 10% but remember that 50 Dalasi x 2 will cover the 6 Months, and they will be getting much more than that,

Giving Guides £20 a Day is nearly a months wage, I'm sure they have more than one guest a Month..

Taxi's similar, why should the tourist Taxi charge much more than Yellow Taxi's, same broken down Wrecks they call Cars.. the Yellow taxi driver should give you a Gambian price, He has to live as well.

The green Taxi's can be used as Yellow taxi's as well..

ALL through the Year

The Real Gambians have no way to get that type of money, They work Hard, especially the Women, whilst most of the Male population, sit about talking how to make money, while sitting under Baobob Tree drinking Attaya..!!

Rant over..

Rich.....

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We have a friend who is an official tour guide. He sits outside the hotel and has to wait until he is next in line. The year before last they brought in extra guys which means he has to wait a lot longer now before it's his turn.

Whilst we were there in January, he was next and got some clients. They were the first he had since October and it could quite easily be another two or three months before it's his turn again and then it will be the off-season, so it's not that cut and dried.

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10. Re: A Good Guide!.

Sorry Scudder,

If any of those there, come from Farming background, they would be fed by their Family, and They can be working on the Farms..

A lot come to the City, I haven't seen any Gold on streets..

There is a shortage of Farm Workers because of this, and Yields are down because of it, they think it's Womens work, and there job is to Drink Attaya..

So it's their fault that there are so many there..

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