Backpacking around Gambia

Since Footsteps opened its doors back in 2002, we haven’t seen so many backpackers.

Probably because travellers that choose to experience countries in this way are usually on a budget and we have always been at the opposite end of that market.

But no more!

New for our Gambia 2023/24 season are four chalet-style accommodations just at the back of Footsteps built with backpackers in mind.

So if you’re planning a backpacking trip and are looking for a country with lots on offer, read on!

Budget accommodation Gambia

Why Backpacking Around Gambia is a Great Holiday Experience

When it comes to planning a holiday, there are countless destinations to choose from.

If you’re looking for a unique and culturally rich experience, backpacking around Gambia should be at the top of your list.

Are you seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure that combines cultural immersion, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality?

Look no further than backpacking around Gambia, a small West African country that offers a truly unique and unforgettable holiday experience.

From vibrant markets to pristine beaches and rich wildlife, Gambia has it all.

Backpacking around Gambia

Cultural Immersion

One of the highlights is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

The country is home to diverse ethnic groups, each with its own traditions, music, and cuisine. From the bustling streets of Banjul, the capital city, to the tranquil villages of the countryside, you’ll encounter friendly and welcoming locals who are eager to share their traditions and stories.

Visit the local markets, such as Albert Market in Banjul, where you can get a taste of the vibrant colours, sounds, and aromas of Gambia. Explore the stalls filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and traditional handicrafts. Engage in lively conversations with vendors and fellow travellers, and embrace the true spirit of Gambia.

Gambia- Local culture

Natural Wonders

Gambia might be small in size, but it is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From the stunning golden sand beaches along the Atlantic coast to the lush riverbanks of the Gambia River, nature enthusiasts will find themselves in awe of the country’s diverse landscapes.

Head to Bijilo Forest Park, a small but enchanting nature reserve just a short distance from Banjul. Take a leisurely stroll along the marked trails, surrounded by towering trees and the melodious sound of birds. If you’re lucky, you might spot monkeys swinging from branch to branch.

For a more adventurous experience, take a river cruise along the Gambia River. As you navigate through the peaceful waters, you’ll witness breathtaking scenery & encounter a rich variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, hippos & colourful birds. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these incredible moments.


Historical Significance

As you delve deeper into Gambia’s history, you’ll uncover its fascinating historical significance. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly known as James Island. This small island played a pivotal role in the transatlantic slave trade, and standing among its ruins brings with it strong emotions of evils past.

If that has whet your appetite and you’re now feeling the urge to dust off the old backpack and get your walking shoes on, take a look here or call us while in the country on +220 7732060 or 7700125.

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