As countries go, Gambia is pretty small – the smallest country in mainland Africa in fact. However, as a holiday destination it has big ideas and packs a real punch when it comes to providing exciting, authentically African holidays.

At just 500km long and 50km wide, Gambia cuts into Africa, pointing like a finger from the coast to Senegal. The sliver of Gambian coast is popular for its soft, pale sands and stunning resorts, but the rest of the country boasts plenty to hold a holidaymaker's interest.

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Banjul, the country's capital, sits at the mouth of the Gambian river, a 1,120km stretch of water that cuts Gambia down the middle. The Arch 22 monument welcomes you to the city, offering views which stretch out for miles. From Banjul, you have the perfect entry point to the national parks of this stunning country. The wildlife here roams free and gives the perfect opportunity for a safari adventure. Of course, if holidays for you are all about the beaches, it's rich pickings on the gorgeous Gambian coastline.

Whether you stick to the beaches or want to adventure a little further inland, food is a big part of any Gambian experience. Sweet and spicy flavours make a heady combination here, with rich curries and stews forming the basis of traditional meals. Gambia is undoubtedly a world away from most package holidays, but those who do venture to this African gem will be rewarded richly. Book your cheap flights to Gambia with Thomascook Airlines and see for yourself what awaits.

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As the smallest country on the continent of Africa, Gambia certainly doesn’t lack personality with plenty of vibrant culture and sights.


Gambia has a tropical climate with a hot, rainy season in June to November and a cooler, dry season from November to May.


The island of Jinack is a castaway dream with golden beaches and no cars in sight as the island has no roads! - Perfect for a quiet getaway.


Local women in canoes collect oysters along the Gambia River and the wetlands, making a magical sight for tourists and a perfect opportunity for photography.


Gambia’s national sport is a type of wrestling known as ‘Borreh’. This exciting sport attracts hordes of locals and tourists and mustn’t be missed!


The UNESCO site of the Stone Circles of Senegambia is 1,200 years old and is basically Africa’s answer to Stonehenge!


Gambia’s National Museum is home to numerous fascinating artefacts, art pieces and displays giving an insight into the history and culture of Gambia.


The historic Fort Bullen was built in 1826 to protect trading on the River Gambia and was renovated in 1996 so visitors can walk its impressive battlements.


Haggling is a Gambian custom so head to the Brikama Craft Market and bargain for some handmade wooden souvenirs, or just watch the craftsmen at work.


The Abuko Nature Reserve is home to a number of rare animals including monkeys. Watch closely and you may even see a chimpanzee!