The Gambia - Africa's Smiling Coast
Steadily sunny from late October to late June....
Super low crime rate, super friendly people....
Flat and with a few good highways roads but without much traffic....
Just a few hours from Europe on direct flights from London, Manchester, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Barcelona, and Madrid....
The Gambia is the perfect place for a cycling holiday.
Read what Lonely Planet has to say:
Introducing The Gambia Africa's smiling coast. It’s easy to miss The Gambia on a map of mighty Africa. This tiny sliver of land is a mere 500km long and 50km wide, and, with the exception of an 80km shoreline, it’s entirely enveloped by Senegal. But beach-bound tourists have long known how to trace this oddly shaped country on the map. Its magnificent coast invites visitors to laze and linger, tempting with luxurious beach resorts and bustling fishing villages.
The Gambia’s vibrant culture is always there to be taken in by open-eyed visitors. Traditional wrestling matches regularly take place, the heaving markets of Banjul and Serekunda & the Atlantic Coast have you soaking up the atmosphere and sharpening your negotiation skills, and the striking performances of kora-strumming griots can be experienced during weddings, baptisms or public concerts.
- Lonely Planet
Cycling in the Gambia
I have personally had the experience of riding over a thousand kilometers on Gambian paved and dirt track roads with Musa. From the welcoming cheers of village children to the endless ocean and river shorelines its peaceful culture and landscapes are nothing short of inspirational.
Bicycles are an important vehicle for day to life use and are integrated into the life styles of many regions. With rising costs of fuel and taxi fares, travel by bicycle has become natural choice for people young and old. For this reason you will find bicycles are highly welcomed and respected on Gambian roads.
In many way the bicycle is the ideal way to experience the country - free to travel off the beaten path and never a hassle to stop and take a closer look. I hope you will take the opportunity to see The Gambia on a bicycle particularly with such a great guide as Musa. You will be glad you did.
- Michael Friesen
Friend and Mentor
Links About the Gambia