Road links to the main towns in The Gambia are relatively good and weather roads with the exception of certain
stretches. Local taxis (bush taxis) run from Banjul along the coastal road to the hotels and beach area and for
the adventurist offer cheap reliable transport.
Long distance buses, however are not frequent or reliable. Should you wish to explore the country further but
do not wish to take an organised tour, we recommend private transport.
In pre-independence days called Bathurst, Banjul is the capital city and seat of government of The Gambia. In
its streets mix all the many peoples of this friendly country. Beautiful batik, silver filigree jewellery and
other craft objects are in the shops. There are regular tours of the city and it is the starting point for trips
to all parts of the country and coastline.
Fort Bullen was built by the British 200 years ago to cover the approaches to Banjul and the river. It succeeded
James Island fortress, destroyed by the French. It can be reached by direct ferry from the capital.
James Island Fort
Constructed by the Germans in 1651, it was captured by the British 10 years later. The ruins stand on a tiny
island in the centre of the river. Fort James is a colourful reminder of the centuries of struggle to dominated
the shave and other trades of the region.
This Safari-style camp, some 155km from Banjul can he reached by river or road. It is a superb spot to stop off
and enjoy the richly varied bird and animal life of the river.
Fascinating circles of standing stones around Wassu have now been identified as burial grounds more than 1200
years old. Made of hewn Laterite - there are scores of these sites dotting the landscape.
The old 'second' city of colonial days and still an administrative & trading centre of the region. Here stands
the old slave market, a sign of hard days gone by.
Basse Santa Su
The major trading centre for the upper reaches of the Gambia river. Handsome trading houses built at the turn
of the century can be seen.
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