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Overland Dakar to The Gambia

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Overland Dakar to The Gambia


anyone can tell us whether it is nice trip to do from Dakar to The Gambia with an organized tour?

Please advise. Thnkas

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I can't speak to the part about the organized tour, but my fiance and I (and another couple) went overland from Dakar to the Gambia just a few weeks ago. The drive is a pretty interesting one, beautiful in some spots and hideous in others. The road pretty much falls apart outside of Kaolack (if you're heading south); we had to drive through the scrub alongside it for a long stretch. We had a driver and a private car on the way down and he wasn't very skilled at doing this; on the way back to Dakar after spending a week in Gambia we had seats in a sept-place, and the driver was much better. If you can, you should stop at the Reserve de Bandia (near Mbour--there are lots of signs). It's a small reserve that houses giraffes and rhinos, along with smaller animals like warthogs and impalas. You can just get out of your car and walk right up to the animals, all of whom are completely free--we stood about 10 feet from a rhino, which was pretty amazing.

Crossing the border at Karang is pretty easy, although the Gambian immigration post is a truly frightening place, with the detention cell right inside the door and spotty electricity. They didn't hassle us at all, but it definitely feels like a place where unsavory things happen. You can change your CFA to dalasis at several places at the border--be sure to go to one of the actual buildings rather than try to do it from someone standing in the street.

You'll have to catch the ferry at Barra if you want to go to Banjul, the resorts, or anything else on the south bank of Gambia. When we showed up, the lines for cars and trucks was two days long (though that's not usually the case, we were told), so we had to ditch the car and board the ferry carrying all of our stuff. Being with an organized tour may help you avoid the car line--try to find out in advance and be prepared for an ad hoc solution if not.

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