The Gambia

The Gambia

by Craig Emms, Linda Barnett

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841620404
Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Series: Travel Guide Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Craig Emms and Linda Barnett are naturalists currently based at The Gambia's Abuko Nature Reserve: jobs such as raising orphaned owls and relocating cobras and pythons from people's houses are all in a day's work! Their in-depth knowledge of the country and its natural history is based on their extensive first-hand experience of living in The Gambia.

Table of Contents

IntroductionIX
Part 1General Information1
Chapter 1Background Information3
Facts and figures3
A historical background6
Economy and infrastructure13
Chapter 2Planning and Preparation17
When to go17
Paperwork18
Embassies, high commissions and consulates19
Getting there and away20
Maps22
What to take22
Money26
Chapter 3Travelling in The Gambia28
Tourist information and services28
Public holidays28
Money29
Media and communications30
Electric Devices32
Getting around32
Organised excursions37
Camping39
Accommodation41
Food42
Drinks43
Gambian culture43
Interacting with Gambians50
Chapter 4Natural History65
Geology and geography65
Habitats65
Wildlife viewing68
The wildlife71
Wildlife and Gambian law86
The Banjul Declaration86
Chapter 5Health and Safety87
Health87
Common medical problems93
Insect-borne diseases and problems94
Other diseases99
Skin problems100
Safety101
Part 2The Guide103
Chapter 6Banjul105
History105
Getting there and away110
Orientation111
Getting around111
Where to stay111
Where to eat and drink113
Listings114
Places to visit116
Chapter 7The Coastal Resorts and Serrekunda117
Getting around117
Cape St Mary117
Fajara and Bakau121
Katchikally Sacred Crocodile Pool129
Kotu131
Kololi135
Manjai Kunda144
Serrekunda144
Chapter 8Western Division147
The Atlantic coast from Kololi to Kartong147
Tanbi Wetlands167
Lamin and surrounds169
Abuko Nature Reserve170
Abuko Livestock Market174
Ker Aldiana175
Yundum175
Nyambai and Kabafita Forest Parks175
Brikama175
Makasutu Culture Forest177
The border region near Jiboroh and Seleti179
Pirang and surrounds179
Inland to Kalagi181
Chapter 9North Bank Division188
Barra189
Niumi National Park and Jinack Island190
Fass194
Berending Sacred Crocodile Pool194
Jimbano Park Tendato195
Gambian Reptile Farm (Jerreh Kun Koto Snake Farm)195
Dog and Pelican Islands196
Albreda and Juffureh196
James Island198
Jurunkku Bolon199
Ferry over Mini Minium (Jowara) Bolon199
Kerewan199
Kerewan to Farafenni200
Dobo Forest Park201
Bao Bolon Wetland Reserve201
Pakala Forest Park202
Farafenni (including the ferry across the River Gambia)202
Kataba Fort203
Bambali and Elephant Island204
Chapter 10Lower River Division205
The road east to Dumbutu205
Kiang West National Park205
Kemoto210
The road east to Soma210
Soma and surrounds212
The road east to Sofaniama Bolon213
Chapter 11Central River Division214
Kau-ur and surrounds on the north bank of the River Gambia215
Between Kau-ur and Kuntaur215
Wassu stone circles and museum219
Baboon Islands (River Gambia National Park)220
Kajakat Island221
Janjangbureh, MacCarthy Island and surrounds221
Mungo Park Memorial226
The road east to Bansang on the south bank of the River Gambia226
Bansang228
Chapter 12Upper River Division230
The north bank of the River Gambia230
The road east to Sutukoba and Briffu230
The ferry north of Fatoto233
The road east to Basse on the south bank of the River Gambia234
Basse Santa Su and surrounds235
East from Basse to Fatoto238
The eastern swamps238
Chapter 13Side Trips into Senegal239
Travelling to and from Senegal239
Parc National de Delta du Saloum241
Parc National de Niokolo Koba (Badiar)244
Parc National de Basse Casamance248
Appendix 1Language250
Appendix 2Further Information253
Index257

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