The Gambia is a fabulous, safe place for children to learn about new cultures, a different way of life and the incredible wildlife of West Africa. Combine this with long sandy beaches, welcoming, English speaking locals, and you have an exciting destination for your next family holiday.
What’s more, with a flight time of around 6 hours, it’s easier to get to than many other winter sun destinations, and with no time difference between The Gambia and the UK, there’s no need to worry about jet lag. Plus children under 16 years old are exempt from paying Air Passenger Duty (APD), a saving of £73 per child.
There’s plenty of things to do in The Gambia for children of all ages. The wide-open beaches are perfect for toddlers playing in the sand. See monkeys at Bijilo Forest or crocodiles at Kachikally. While at Kotu Creek each morning, watch the vultures being feed. It’s a fantastic sight! Go birdwatching in canoes or kayaks at Tanji Creek and don’t miss a visit to a market to see the artisans carving wooden masks and other crafts. Another great day out is Sanyang Beach, especially on a Sunday when very entertaining matches are held of The Gambia’s national sport, wrestling. There’s plenty of showmanship and a lot of fun.