Gambia Journals

West Africa

A February 2003 trip to Gambia by LeighTravelClub

Kairaba Hotel Photo, Serrekunda, Gambia More Photos
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West Africa

Overview

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We chose Gambia mainly for some winter sunshine. We found much more.

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Kairaba Hotel

Hotel | "The Kairaba Hotel"

Kairaba Hotel Photo, Serrekunda, Gambia
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Set in 40 acres of wonderful mature gardens, the Kairaba is a magical gem of a place. Located right on Kololi Beach, it is a wonderful setting. After dark the grounds are lit up by thousands of white fairy lights strung through the trees. It's really beautiful.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Kairaba Hotel
P.O. Box 390
Serrekunda, Gambia
+220 446 29 40

Shikra

Restaurant

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Probably the finest food I've ever eaten. It's a fabulous restaurant. Sadly we did not discover this place until near the end of our stay so we only managed a couple of visits.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2007

Shikra
The Kairaba Hotel
Serrekunda, Gambia
+220 462 940

Solifor Point Photo,
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An off the beaten track adventure that uncovers the traditional Gambian way of life. Monkeys and baboons can often be seen during this trip. We had a barbecue lunch on a huge, wonderful sandy beach which was completely deserted.

Observatory

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Observatory at The Kairaba Photo,
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This hotel really does have a modern observatory in the grounds! You can look at the African 'sky at night' with the help of the resident expert. I believe the equipment was donated by a frequent German visitor to the Kairaba.

The Roots Trip

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James Island Photo,
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This trip up-river to the land of Alex Haley's saga, 'Roots', is a great day out. The day starts with a long lazy cruise to the ancient Trading Station of Albreda, famous in the slaving days with its flagpole which was once believed to guarantee freedom to any slave who touched it, after escaping from James Island which is close by.

A fifteen minute walk takes you to the village of Juffere where Kunta Kinteh of Roots fame is said to have been born.
On the way back to Banjul we stopped in the estuary for a swim and were lucky enough to be joined by some dolphins.