There are three main Christian denominations - Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist. Recently, other churches (mainly ‘born again’) have established missions in The Gambia. Churches are located in various parts of Greater Banjul and in the provinces.
The craft markets outside the hotels in the main resort areas offer a variety of items and the most popular are tie and dye materials, batik, antique masks and other wood carvings, leather goods, jewelry, sand painting and basketry.
Buy with caution and use the African practice of bargaining for a fair price using your own judgment. The main markets in Banjul, Serrekunda, Bakau and Brikama are also interesting to visit. Shop and stall owners literally sell everything under the sun.
Please remember: It is illegal to export from The Gambia any article made from wild animal skins, ivory or feathers of any protected creature. Offenders will have goods confiscated and heavy fines imposed.
There are well stocked supermarkets in Banjul, Bakau, Serrekunda and along the mixed business and residential area of Kairaba Avenue.
Most stores are open from 9.00am. Some close at 5.00 pm and others at 12 midnight. Most are closed on Sunday.
It is recommended to greet a person before starting a conversation. A handshake is widely used together with the words ‘Assalamu Aleikum’ meaning Peace Be Upon You. The majority of Gambians are Muslims and their religious belief should be respected by visitors. The right hand should always be used to give or receive things. Gambians are a very friendly people and visitors should not be afraid to accept their hospitality.
In the resort areas and during excursions, most tourists wear light casual clothing. During the months of November to February, lightweight woolen jumpers or a jacket are needed for the cooler evenings. If you travel in the summer season, take a light raincoat. Although dress in the beach hotels is very informal, ladies should avoid wearing bikinis or go about topless outside the hotel grounds or beaches. Generally, light cotton materials, T-Shirts, shirts and baggy trousers are recommended. Dresses can be made to measure locally at very low prices.
In most of the Greater Banjul Area, the water supply system is fed from deep bore holes which is adequately chlorinated and considered safe for drinking. However, bottled mineral water is available from all hotels and supermarkets. ‘Naturelle’ is The Gambia’s own mineral water bottled by Gamwater in Kanifing.
The crime rate in The Gambia is generally lower than in most countries in this sub region. The main offences are petty thefts and break-ins.
Royal Victoria Hospital (Banjul); Medical Research Council (MRC) Fajara; Ahmadiyya Hospital (Tallinding Kunjang); Jemus Junkung Hospital (Bwiam); Bansang Hospital, APRC Hospital (Farafenni).
Polyclinic and Leman Street Clinic (Banjul); Westfield Clinic (Serrekunda); Ndeban Clinic (Bakau); Lamtoro Clinic (Kololi); Bijilo Medical Center (Bijilo); Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital (Bundung).
Bakau, Serrekunda, Fajikunda, Sukuta, Brikama, Gunjur, Sibanor, Mansakonko, Janjanbureh, Basse; MRC (Farafenni, Basse). Patient visiting hours in most hospitals and clinics are between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.
Important Phone Numbers
|Bijilo Medical Center
|Royal Victorial Hospital
|Swedent Clinic (Dentists)
|Churchill Town / Brikama
|Head Quarters: Banjul
||(220) 422-43-24 or 118
|Bakau, Sait Matty Road
|Banjul International Airport
|Gambia Tourism Authority
|Gambia Ports Authority
|Central Bank of The Gambia
|The Gambia Investment and
Free Zone Agency
Most hotels and many of the restaurants in The Gambia accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards but please confirm with management before making a transaction.
Cash in major currencies can be converted at banks and other locations throughout the country.
8:00am to 4:00pm. Monday to Thursday
8:00am to 12:30 pm. Friday
Banks in Banjul
8:00am to 1:30pm. Monday to Thursday
8:00am to 11:00am. Friday
Closed on Saturday and Public holidays
Branches of all Banks else where
Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00 to 16:00hrs.
Fridays will be 08:00 to 13:30 and then 14:30 to 16:00hrs Saturdays will be from 9:00 to 13:30hrs
Central Bank of The Gambia
1/2 Ecowas Avenue
Telephone: (220) 422 8103/422 7633
Fax: (220) 422 6969
Telex: 2218 GAMBANK GV
International Commercial Bank (Gambia) Ltd.
48, Kairaba Avenue, Serrekunda, KSMD
P.O. Box 1600
Telephone number: (220) 437 7878
Fax: (220) 437 7880
First International Bank Ltd.
Headquarters: 2 Kairaba Avenue (KSMD)
P.O. Box 1997
Branches: Latrikunda, Serrekunda & Brikama
Telephone: (220) 439-6584/439 6580/439-6583
Fax: (220) 439 6662
Arab-Gambian Islamic Bank Ltd.
Headquarters: 7 Ecowas Avenue (Buckle Street)
P. O. Box 1415
Banjul, The Gambia
Branches: Westfield Junction, Senegambia
Telephone: (220) 422 2222 / 422 3773
Fax: (220) 422 2211
Guarantee Trust Bank
Headquarters: 56 Kairaba Avenue (Pipeline Road) Fajara PO BOX 1958
Branches: Banjul, Senegambi, Serrekunda, Bambo, Sukuta, Kanifing & Brikama
Telephone number: (220) 437 6371/2
Fax: (220) 437 6398
Headquarters: Banjul Branches: Bakau and Serrekunda
Telephone: (220) 422 7944/422 8144
Fax: (220) 422 9312
Trust Bank Ltd.
Headquarters: Banjul Branches: Bakau, Westfield Junction, Senegambia Brikama, Farafenni, Yundum
Telephone (220) 422 5777/422 5778
Telex : GV 2382
Standard Chartered Bank (Gambia) Ltd.
Headquarters: Banjul Branches: Westfield Junction, Fajara, Senegambia, and Basse
4202929 / 4201123
4228681 / 4228682 / 4228683
Fax: 4202692 or 4222437
Bank Identification Code: scblgmgm (swift)
Reliance Financial Services Co Ltd
46 A Kairaba Avenue
Reliance Plaza Building
(near Elton Petrol Station)
Kanifing Municipal area (KSMD)
Telephone number: (220) 439 0070/439 0071
Fax: (220) 439 0155
Kiosks: Lamin,Serrekunda, Banjul Albert Market, Banjul Ferry Terminal, Tanji Village & Latrikunda Sabiji Market
(Transnational Incorporated - ETI)
42 Kairaba Avenue
KSMD, Greater Banjul
PMB Box 3149
Telephone number: 4399033
BSIC – Gambia Limited
52 Kairaba Avenue
(Sankung Sillah Bldg.)
449 8077 / 4498078
Fax: 449 8080
Swift Code: BSAHGMGM