Travel and Leisure
Banjul is Gambia’s capital and is located on St. Mary's Island, near the mouth of the Gambia River.
The city was founded in 1816 as a settlement for freed slaves and, until 1973, it was known as Bathurst. In 1898 Banjul became the capital of the British protectorate of Gambia and remained the capital after independence in 1965.
Fort James Island
James Island is in the Gambia River, 19 miles (30km) from the river mouth and near Juffure in Gambia's Upper Niumi district. The first settlers from Europe were Germans from the Duchy of Courland, who named it St. Andrews Island and constructed Jacob Fort (named after Jacob Kettler, Duke of Courland) in 1651. The Dutch temporarily occupied the fort from 1659 until its annexation by the English in 1661, officially surrendering the fort in 1664.
The English renamed the atoll James Island and the fortress Fort James, after James, then Duke of York and subsequently King James II. As a significant historical site in the slave trade in West Africa, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the nearby villages of Albreda and Juffure.
Albreda is a historic small town in Gambia on the north bank of the Gambia River, near Juffure in the North Bank Division, one of the five administrative divisions of Gambia, whose capital is Kerewan.
Tendaba is a tiny village on the southern bank of the Gambia River, approximately 100 miles (160km) from the nation's capital, Banjul. At the centre of the village is Tendaba Camp, originally established as a hunting lodge by a Swedish sea captain in the 1970s. Now Gambian owned and run, it provides a relaxing environment for tourists, offering beautiful scenery and affordable accommodation. Tendaba Camp provides boat trips into Kisi Bolon and through Tunku Creek, where the scenery and environment are sure to leave enduring memories.
The resort of Baboon Island, also known as Chimpanzee Island, stands in a group of five islands in the middle of the River Gambia. It is approximately 100 miles east of the coastline where you will find the landscape changes to thick forest. You can visit the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, founded by an Englishwoman in the 1960s, which gives orphan chimps a home and the opportunity to grow and develop in their natural environment. They occupy three of the islands and there are currently 74 residents who live and breed successfully.
Kiang Weest National Park
The Kiang West National Park occupies an area of over 110 km2 on the southern bank of the Gambia River in the Lower River Division in the Kiang West District, with the river marking its northern boundary. Established as a protected area in 1987 and run by the Gambia Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, it is the largest wildlife reserve in the country.
Also known as Chakubanta or Faracity, Farafenni is a busy little cosmopolitan junction town, on the north bank of the Gambia about 100km upriver from the capital Banjul which lies on the south bank.