Hi everyone, Well i got back from Gambia last week and just wanted to post a few things for 1st timers. I have very mixed feelings about Gambia, the country is lovely, the sun amazing, animals and wildlfe great, however the hassel you get really did get to me too much! By day three i had a little cry as i was so stressed.
Stayed at Bakotu hotel, and couldnt fault it. Basic, but was clean and all the staff so joyful and friendly. Breakfast ok, but we paid extra for eggs most mornings. Mr Toitoise liked it outside our room as we gave him cabbage and lettuce.
Spent shed loads of money. It is not cheap out there. Food was amazing, did not have one bad meal. Fave place was The African Queen in Senegambia. And Boss Lady in Kotu for cheaper gambian food.
People keep asking me if i would go back and i really dont know. Maybe it would be better going again knowing a few people but we really did get annoyed at the bumsters etc just pouncing on us, sitting with us, talking for ages. We met some lovely lovely people but we are not sure if all are genuine. They all tend to say the same thing. However i understand they just need business.
My school visit was great however i wish i had took so much more stuff. Would recomend taking enough for 20 kids if you go to a class.
Did 2 day trips in the end. One on our own and one with Dan d Man (OTG) very good. Loved Lamin Lodge and Monkey park.
All i would say is if you dont like hassel dont go. by the end of the week we were more relaxed and had made some friends and the others tend to stay away abit.
If in Kotu, see Ebrima at Boss Lady, Fantastic guy.
Take lots of unwanted clothes.
sorry its long just wanted to help other people, mainly first timers.