Up Country Gambia

Travel to Up Country Gambia – Rural Excursions in Eastern Gambia

There are safari style camps located up country throughout The Gambia, mostly along the river or one of its tributaries. These camps provide good, basic accomodation and an excellent base to explore the country. A ‘must-see’ highlight is Janjangbureh. Formerly called ‘Georgetown’, this is one of the oldest towns of The Gambia. It is situated on the island of Janjangbureh, which still has relics of The Gambia’s colonial past.

There are a number of camps around the island and visits normally include a trip to the prehistoric Wassu Stone Circles – a megalithic site believed to be a burial ground thousands of years ago. The trip sometimes includes a journey by river from Sapu or Kudang to Janjangbureh where hippos can be seen wallowing in the river and on the muddy banks. Basse and Bansang, two towns further up the River Gambia can also be visited.

  • Spend a night or two at Tendaba Camp, one of the first tourist camps in rural Gambia, situated on the banks of the Gambia River.
  • Take a trip to the prehistoric Wassu Stone Circles – a megalithic site believed to be a burial ground thousands of years ago.
  • Explore the Gambia River by boat and see a truly rural scene as people go about their everyday lives on the banks of the river.

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