A couple of stables in the country have a good set of horses. Rides can be booked through your agent.
Available at almost all the hotels, and at the Fajara Club, by prior arrangement. Racquets and tennis balls are also available at hotels where tennis is advertised.
The beaches in front of most hotels are generally safe for swimming but please look out for the flag before you dip in. Never swim when the red flag is flying. Nude bathing is forbidden in The Gambia.
This is generally available at the Corinthia, Atlantic Hotel, Sunbeach Hotel and Resort and at Denton Bridge. Please ask your tour rep or hotel receptionist for other places where it is available.
Equipment can be hired at some hotels but it should be noted that only strong swimmers should venture beyond their knees.
Bicycles are available for hire outside most of the resort hotels or in the craft markets. The hire rates are half-hourly, hourly, half day and full day at reasonable prices.
Available in most hotels and generally free of charge.
Visitors with cameras will find a lot of sights to capture during organized excursions or while visiting the towns and villages of The Gambia. Gambian children are normally very keen to smile for the camera.
However, some Gambians have certain beliefs about their pictures being taken particularly by a stranger, you should first seek their consent before taking a picture of anyone. Your guide will come in handy in situations like this. Guides can speak the language, and can therefore be an invaluable resource when photos of people are being taken. Not all types of film are available in The Gambia so you would be wise to bring along what you need.
In addition to the facilities in your hotel there are many outside restaurants and fast foods in the resort areas and in the towns. Some offer international cuisine whilst
others specialize in Gambian, Lebanese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Asian cooking. The drivers of the Tourist Taxis outside your hotel know the locations of most restaurants. They charge for waiting time and this should be negotiated, prior to your venturing out. For a list of restaurants and cafes, please click here.
For those of you willing to try your luck, there are several casinos in the Senegambia area and some in other areas. Check with your hotel receptionist.
Most of the hotels have conference rooms for hosting seminars and workshops. The biggest and best-equipped conference facilities are at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. It has one large conference and banqueting hall, which can host up to 800 people, as well as several smaller committee rooms.
Entertainment (In the Hotels)
All the hotels and upriver camps organize nightly entertainment programmes during the busy winter season and on most days in the summer. The most popular are African ballet, with the powerful Djembe drums, fire-eaters, Kora and Balafon (traditional instrumentals) performances, karaoke music playbacks, fashion shows and beauty contests. "Dance along with the locals".
Some restaurants in the resort area use their spacious gardens to organize live musical performances. Some tourists also venture out to attend local ceremonies in the towns and villages. Thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating. Nightclubs and discos are open most evenings in the winter season. Please check with your receptionist for details of local and opening hours.
Many of the hotels in The Gambia have their own massage facilities. If you are in a hotel without one, please ask for the nearest facility.
Most hotels have beauty and hair dressing salons. There are many more out side the hotels, throughout the country.
Many female tourists and some males have their hair braided African style by women and girls offering this service on the beach. Some add colourful beads to the tip of the strands. Please ask for the fee before you start. It might take a few hours.