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Devon Lodge in the Gambia
People love The Gambia
The Gambia, also known as the Smiling Coast, is the smallest country in West Africa. There’s plenty to smile about too with temperatures around 32 degrees. Picture long, sunny days, and soft, balmy evenings. The Gambia is a former British colony where English is the official language and is widely spoken. Just a short flight from the UK the Gambia is in the same time zone, so you won’t suffer jet lag. Add friendly people, value for money and unspoilt environment and you have the perfect holiday location.

Gambians enjoy a laidback lifestyle, but there is plenty to do from the vibrant street life to wildlife excursions. Visit the sacred crocodile pools, or see the monkeys in Forest Park, or the Holy Forest of Makasutu. The Gambia is a ‘Twitchers’ paradise with over 500 species of colourful birds. Fishing trips along the meandering river Gambia can be arranged as can a visit to the Tanji fishing centre where you can buy fresh fish straight from the boats. Banjul the capital city boasts lively market places, the African Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.

Views of Gambia

Of course you may prefer to chill on Kololi beach, where sun-loungers, cold drinks and shade await your pleasure. No need to pack a heavy beach bag, it’s all waiting for you. After sundown the Senegambia strip offers a wealth of local and international cuisine at reasonable prices. Then there are bars, nightclubs and casinos for late night revellers.

The local currency is the Gambian Dalasi. The exchange rate is subject to fluctuation, but you will always get a much better rate in the Gambia than in the UK. There are banks and foreign exchange bureaus offering competitive rates. ATMs will only accept Visa and there are restrictions. They will typically offer 4,000 Dalasis (around £100.00) in any one transaction. You would be wise to find out what your card issuer charges per transaction, or leave the card at home to avoid unpleasant surprises! Please contact us for useful tips on getting value for money and information on the most favourable exchange rates.

Your hosts Patricia and Sulayman Camara are a British/Gambian married couple. Along with their family and friends they can show you more of the Gambian way of life. They can recommend local restaurants or organise take-away delivery to your apartment. There is a shopping service available too for all your self-catering requirements and a personal laundry service can be organised. They will also arrange to collect you from the airport if you wish.

The architect-designed, self-catering apartments at Devon Lodge offer privacy, comfort and convenience, with access to all local leisure facilities. Come and relax in our piece of paradise.

  Map showing The Gambia
Short flight from the UK
No jet lag
Official language English
Subtropical climate
Temperatures around 32ºC
Currency Gambian Dalasi
Unspoilt environment
Rich cultural heritage
Spectacular birds
Wildlife and fishing trips
Ideal for beach holidays