There are slightly more than 3000 km (2000 miles) of roads in the country, about 450 km (280) miles of which are paved.
Roads in and around Banjul are mostly bitumenised. The latest additions are the Kombo Coastal Roads which have greatly
improved access to the airport, the Tourism Development Area and the fishing villages along the country's Atlantic coast.
During the summer season, unsealed laterite roads and bush tracks often become difficult or impassable.
Tour operators use comfortable air-conditioned coaches for their transfers and 4-wheel drive vehicles for their
excursions. For those wishing to adventure out on their own or in groups, there are three main taxis in The Gambia
Green (Tourist) Taxis
These are painted green with a diamond sign and a serial number on the side. They are
licensed by the Gambia Tourism Authority and dedicated to serving tourists and other visitors. They are
normally parked outside the hotels in the resort areas. They operate on a queue and have a published tariff
for all distances within The Gambia and outside. However, we recommend you always check with the driver
before departure. It is normal to tip these drivers.
Yellow and Green
These are mainly 4 passenger saloon cars painted in these colours which run a
shared taxi service between short distances or park by the roadside for individual hire.
Collective (Bush) Taxi
The most common way of travelling in The Gambian is by Collective Taxis otherwise called
'Bush' Taxis. These are mainly 7 passenger saloon cars, vans and minibuses and buses. They do not have a single
colour and they operate a shared service between both short and long distances. They have a set fare. Please ask
for the fare before you board the vehicle. They can make several stops on the way to allow passengers to board
These are operated by the Gambia Public Transport Company (GPTC) and run from the depot in Kanifing to Basse
via Banjul. There is a 15 minute stop in Soma (half way between Basse and the coast). Buses are very
reasonably priced but can be quite crowded at times.
A wide of organised trips are available in The Gambia. These range from brief one day outings to a local craft market to
treks up-river to Georgetown in search of hippos. Click here for details of Ground Tour Operators.
There are two main car rental companies in The Gambia & Hertz and AB. Check with your hotel
receptionist for details: Visitors wishing to rent a self-drive should possess either an International Driving
Permit, which is accepted for a period of three months or a UK driving licence which can be used for a short visit.
Bicycles are available for hire outside most of the resort hotels or in the craft markets. It is a good way of
combining sport and adventure into the bush and villages. However, if you're going into the bush, leave your
valuables in your hotel.
The River Gambia
The country is named after this majestic river which is one of the most navigable waterways in Africa. It runs for
1,100 kilometres from its source in the Futa Jalon highlands, in the Republic of Guinea to its mouth in the Atlantic
Ocean. Six hundred kilometres of this is in The Gambia where it meanders along the entire length of the country.
The river splits the country into nearly two equal halves and its banks bordered by tropical forest, bamboo and
mangrove swamps. Beyond these are the villages and towns where people live in their traditional African setting.
There are nearly a dozen ferry crossing points where people, livestock and vehicles cross the river. They range from
the big steel ferry boats crisscrossing the 7-mile estuary (Banjul - Barra) almost every 90 minutes to small wooden
ferries upcountry which carry only three or four vehicles at a time. There is different tariff for various size
vehicles but the foot passenger fare is quite low (between D2 and D5).
Adventure and fishing trips on the river are offered by almost all the tour operators using converted yachts
or colourful African pirogues.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS
The Department of State for Tourism and Culture
Fax: (220) 227753
Gambia Investment Promotion and Free Zones Agency
5 Nelson Mandela Street,
P.O. Box 757
Fax: (220) 222829