Things to do

Things to do in the Gambia include activities like birdingfishing and yoga. We understand you won’t want to leave once you’re here, but take our word for it: a walk of only 20 minutes away you’ll find an unspoilt deserted sandy beach and the thriving local village of Gunjur.

Whether you want to stay in or wander far, relax, be creative, stay fit, spot birds or go sightseeing, Footsteps is sure to provide lots of things to do and all of them benefit the local community as much as possible.

things to do | Map of Footsteps location

Nearby points of interest:

  1. Abuko nature reserve 25 km from Footsteps
  2. Brufut woods 19 km from Footsteps
  3. Camel safari 17 km from Footsteps
  4. Tanji museum 15 km from Footsteps
  5. Tungbung art village 15 km from Footsteps
  1. Rainbow Beach Bar: wrestling on Sundays  4 km from Footsteps
  2. Gunjur fishing centre 4 km from Footsteps
  3. Lemonfish art gallery  18 km from Footsteps
  4. Bird observatory/snake farm 15 km from Footsteps
  5. Airport 28 km from Footsteps, around 45 minutes by taxi

Tailor-made

You can book our activities in advance or when you are here. Can’t find what you are looking for? Don’t worry. The options are too numerous to include them all on our website and all trips can be tailored to your specific wishes.

Guided or not?

Most activities going out include a guide. We advise you to take a guide with you so you can get the most out of your trip. There are tours you can do without a guide and when in doubt we will gladly advise you.

Like a local?

Most activities going out include a private taxi, though some trips can be done by bush taxi. Depending on the route you can use this local means of transport. If available, the price mentioned includes the bush taxi instead of a private taxi.

Prepay?

All activities can be pre-paid online when you book or when you’re at our lodge.

Things to do inside the lodge

Cooking with Mary

Every day you can see Mary preparing a traditional Gambian dish for our team, but if you really like cooking, you might want to join in and get your hands dirty.

Well, you can! Mary is happy to teach you how to make the delicious Benachin, Yassa or Domoda yourself.

Approx £8

N.B. The full price goes to the ingredients and the staff.

Activities Gambia | Gambian cooking
Cooking with Mary

Crafts corner

Malang, our resident wood carver, will help you create your own art.

How about a local style chair to take home with you? You can have any design you want on there and it packs flat.

You can watch Malang work, buy one of his gorgeous creations or collaborate with him to create your own unique wood carving every day.

Crafts corner | wood art
Take home a hand-made memory

Handmade silver

Crafted while you watch, in a time-honoured tradition using only fire, goatskin bellows, hammer on an anvil and of course a piece of silver.

Bai Serin has over 35 years experience in making silver jewellery. See him every Saturday.

Crafts corner | silversmith crafted while you watch
Making jewellery the old fashioned way

Handmade by our tailor

Many people are impressed by the colourful and flattering clothes the Gambians wear and now you won’t have to leave Footsteps to have them custom made for you. Of course, our tailor can make you other things as well.

The girls would be happy to take you shopping for the fabrics you like, or you let Anta create some tie & dye fabric for you.

Prices depend on the fabric and your wishes.

Crafts corner | have a dress handmade by our tailor
Clothes that feel good

Learn to play Kora with Jeli Yankuba

How about mastering the 21 strings of the kora? We know some very skilled people who would be happy to teach you.

Suggested price:

Approx £8

Take a Kora music workshop
21 strings of joy

Learn how to play the Djembe drum with Mani

Suggested price:

Approx £6

Drumming
Djembe beats

Shake it on the dance floor?

Let Anceli, Fatou and Awa show you those Gambian moves.

Suggested price:

Approx £6

Take a Gambian Dance workshop
Dance the night away

Massage & pamper

1 hr massage £15

When you’re on holiday, you want to relax, right? Seeing new sights, going on adventures and chilling on the beach or by the pool…

At Footsteps we take relaxing seriously. Not only do we offer you a lounge area where you can recharge your camera and your own battery, you can also get massages and beauty treatments at the lodge.

In our gardens you’ll find a secluded, cool and peaceful house for these treatments.

You’re on holiday so go ahead and let yourself be pampered!

Things to do | Beauty & massage | Massage
Massage your cares away

N.B. All suggested prices go to the staff

Things to do outside the lodge

Abuko & Tanji

Transport, guide, lunch and admission fees inc. approx £36

Abuko Forest Reserve is The Gambia’s oldest nature reserve. The nature reserve covers around 107 hectares, much of it is dense forest and bushes, plenty of room for the three primate species found here: vervet, red colobus and patas monkeys.

As many as 270 bird species recorded in this forest area as well as numerous butterflies and reptiles too.

After lunch it’s on to Tanji Village Museum, The Gambia’s first private museum, and a great place for learning about Gambian flora and fauna, history and crafts, as well as hearing local musicians.

After visiting the museum, you can continue to see Tanji’s bustling fish market.

Visit Abuko Nature Reserve 7 see monkeys
Colobus monkey at Abuko

Lemonfish Art

Free admission

Enjoy the art and culture of The Gambia with a trip to the Lemonfish Art Gallery, located in the unspoilt fishing village of Kartong near the border with Senegal.

The idea behind the project was to provide artists of all types with a forum to both exhibit and sell their works. The gallery also provides a number of workshops and courses in batik, pottery and modelling in clay. You can find out more about these activities on their website. Lemonfish Art

 Lemonfish Gambian Art gallery
Art at Lemonfish Gallery

Culture day

Transport, guide, lunch inc – approx £30

This day is designed to give you a real feel for the culture of The Gambia.

Visit Gambia’s capital city of Banjul and/or get to know the local village of Gunjur and see the market, mosque and fishing centre.

Whatever your choice you are guaranteed a day you will remember always.

Our itinerary is designed to put you where the pictures are and this holiday will provide you with stunning photographs and timeless memories.

Things to do | Visit a Mosque, | Cultural day
Gambia’s capital city of Banjul

My Farm

Transport, guide, lunch and admission fees inc. approx £28

Spend a day at ‘My Farm’, a charitable foundation based in Norway.

Their mission is to improve livelihoods in The Gambia through education in agricultural innovation, environmental protection and entrepreneurship.

Learn how they make hand made soaps, real Mango fruit jams, Bamboo butter body creams and try their rejuvenating Moringa teas.

Have lunch cooked using solar cookers and buy their unique products as gifts for your loved ones back home.

Visit My Farm charity | mango jam
Homemade jams you can buy and take home

Fishing village & school

Transport, guide, lunch inc – approx £22

Visit a nearby fishing village and capture the colourful boats returning with their catch and the fishermen mending the nets.

Then to a local school to meet the children and teachers of The Gunjur Upper Basic School.

Our itinerary is designed to put you where the pictures are, this holiday will provide you with stunning photographs and timeless memories.

Things to do at Gambian schools & fishing village
Local school and village

Snakes & reptiles

Transport, lunch & admission fees inc – approx £22

Inside a well-preserved forest near Kartong, you will find a collection of Gambian reptiles. Snakes, chameleons, turtles, lizards and other animals.

Some are extremely dangerous, others like the Python are not dangerous and have been tamed. These can be handled if you wish.

All the reptiles are presented by an experienced herpetologist during a one hour tour who will answer any questions you ask.

Things to do at the Snake & reptile centre
The Snake and reptile centre

Sunrise & sunset

Transportation & guide inc – approx £30

See the Gambia sunrise/sunset by riverboat – one of the many things to do in the Gambia and, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and relaxing. You leave from the fishing village of Kartong and spend the morning/afternoon in a dugout on the Alahein River, having breakfast/lunch in a Senegalese river camp.

It’s a lovely way to spend a morning/afternoon and a big favourite with our guests. Meander down a small river estuary and cross to Senegal. On the way, you’ll see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country as well as birds galore.

Photography | see a Gambian sunset by boat
Perfect sunrise/sunsets

Lamin’s walk n talk

Your expert guide inc – approx £10

Lamin will describe and talk about just about anything and everything you may see or hear along the way. This could be a bird, a monkey, a deer or even a snake, and will most certainly include trees and shrubs, many of which have religious or medicinal uses.

The walk and talk is a fascinating experience and a great opportunity to learn more about the local people and their culture and traditions as well as gathering information about the area around Gunjur Village in general.

Things to do | Lamin's walk and talk - learn about the local people & culture
Walk n talk with Lamin Bojang

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