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  • Day63

    The smiling coast is what the tourist brochures call Gambia and for once it's not an exaggeration. I've never met a nationality quite like the Gambians. They nearly all want to talk to you and help you. Of course it helps that they speak English!

    However, my first experience wasnt quite so enjoyable. During the political instability up to a quarter of the population fled into Senegal, now it's safe again they are all returning. The problem though is there are no bridges across the river Gambia in Gambia! This left me competing for space on the biggest ferry (space for about 20 cars) with trucks, cars, motorcycles, people, goats, chickens and furniture. After being told to wait in a spot for 1.5 hours under the midday sun in sweaty bike gear, they finally open the gate. Suddenly I'm swamped with all the animals of the ark pushing towards this narrow entrance. The staff have no idea how to organise the crowd and close the gate until people stop pushing, which isnt said loud enough for anyone at the back to hear! So 45 mins later about 30 people have got through and I've not moved from my spot in the sun. Then they open the gates completely and order everyone to the side, to let the vehicles off the ferry. So everyone shifts to the side, almost pushing me and the bike over in the process. This leaves me in the same position but now on the edge of the cleared path, perilously close to the trucks trying to squeeze through. Now the staff start shouting at me to move across out of the way. After 2.5 hours being baked, all patience evaporated from my body, I angrily snap back and say "where the f### am i meant to go". At this point the guy makes some space next to me by kicking some goats. I then have to point out that motorbikes don't just move sideways without moving forward or backwards too! I do eventually get on the boat, albeit after being accused of not buying a ticket, even though I'd given it to them already - this situation was met with a full rainbow of expletives.

    If it wasn't for the general friendliness then the capital, Banjul, would be slightly terrifying. At night there is almost no electricity in the city and what little light there is, is from the cars and trucks on the few main roads. This came as quite a shock after Senegal and it just instantly feels very unsafe to be in a city without lighting, but the reality is that it's fine. At least my 'bravery' to walk about at night has been rewarded by stumbling across Gambia's very own beer, Julbrew, by far the best beer in far!

    I'm now just about to leave Banjul after visiting the Abuko nature reserve, where I've seen lots of wild animals from monkeys to vultures as well as some sadder looking caged ones such as hyenas. I also used my guide to try and get over my fear of animals when wild camping. It didn't really work as he just told me about all the animals that might try to kill me....just in Gambia. For those who want to know, the list includes crocodiles, hippos, green mamba snakes, baboons and hyenas.
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  • Day65

    So I've gone 'Upcountry' as the Gambians would say. A rapid ascent of about 1 metre per mile along the south bank of the Gambia river. However, Gambia is so narrow I've had to be careful not to accidently stray across the border into Senegal. For anyone who doesn't know why Gambia is so ridiculously long and thin, here is a synopsis of Britain's colonial logic.
    - Race for Africa begins at the Berlin conference
    - France begin colonising the whole of West Africa
    - Britain see an opportunity to annoy the French by doing the bare minimum to colonise an area right in the middle of France's existing colonies
    - Britain sends the navy up the Gambia river and claims sovereignty as far as the river is navigable and as far as Britain's canons can fire (20 miles to each side)
    - Britain then offers France the 'opportunity' to have Gambia, in exchange for a much larger French colony such as Gabon
    - The French tell the British to get stuffed and stop all trade with Gambia
    - Britain pays no interest in Gambia until independence

    I've also learnt that Gambia has no atms outside the capital and I've survived wild camping without any unwanted animal experiences. I've had a rack built to support my panniers that have been disintegrating under the repetitive bumping up and down. I've also learnt that the old president was universally disliked.

    P.s. I'm sure Mick Comben will correct me on the history!
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  • Day1

    Went with my class to the Gambia for a 2 week work excursion. We did several projects, And had lessons under the supervision of Roy Armstrong. He teached us about different techniques to tackle problems you might come upon while working in this field. As a basis to work on, we had Farasuto community parc. A parc originally set up for birdwatching, which was fully operated by the nearby village. the parc provided money for the villagers and was spend on school supplies.
    Problems, like illegal logging, hunting and wandering livestock made the perfect material to think about solutions which would both benefit the parc and the and the nearby villagers.
    This experience has changed a lot of my thinking, and i learned a lot about working with people and conservation.
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  • Day2

    Zum Start meiner Reise durch Gambia und den Senegal habe ich mich für die ersten 4 Nächte im kleinen, aber sehr schönen und liebevoll gepflegten Hotel, Sunset Beach eingebucht. Nach der Ankunft letzte Nacht, stand Heute erste Eindrücke sammeln auf dem Programm.

  • Day3

    Tag 2 in Gambia, mit einem offenen Jeep ging es Heute auf Tour durch Serrekunda und Sukuta. Vorbei an bunten Märkten, wo die gambischen Frauen Obst und Gemüse verkauften ging es weiter zu einer einheimischen Familie, wo wir Palmenwein verkosten durften. Danach ging es in eine Schule, wo uns vom Schuldirektor das Schulsystem in Gambia erklärt wurde. Später nahmen wir am Strand von Kololi das Mittagessen ein und beobachteten die Fischer bei der Arbeit. Nach der ausgiebigen Stärkung, ging es weiter ins Tanje Village Museum. Zum Schluss unserer Tagestour hielten wir noch an einem Strand Markt, wo frisch gefangener Fisch verkauft wurde.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gambia, Gambië, ጋምቢያ, غامبيا, جامبيا, Qambiya, Гамбия, Gambya, Гамбія, गांबिया, Ganbi, গ্যাম্বিয়া, གྷམ་བི་ཡ།, গাম্বিয়া, Gambija, Гамби, Gàmbia, گامبیا, Gambiya, Gambie, Y Gambia, ގެމްބިއާ, གྷེམ་བི་ཡ, Gambia nutome, Γκάμπια, Gambio, گمبیا, Gammbi, An Ghaimbia, A Ghaimbia, ગેમ્બિયા, Yn Ghambia, גאמביה, गाम्बिया, Գամբիա, The Gambia, Gambía, ガンビア共和国, გამბია, ហ្គាំប៊ី, ಗ್ಯಾಂಬಿಯಾ, 감비아, Gambi, ແກມເບຍ, Гамбија, ഗാംബിയ, Gambja, ဂန်ဘီရာ, गाम्विया, Géémbiya, Gaambiyaa, ଗାମ୍ବିଆ, ਗਾਂਬੀਆ, گیمبیا, گامبيا, Gâmbia, The Gambie, Gambïi, Gambėjė, ගැම්බියාව, IGambiya, Gambijo, காம்பியா, గాంబియా, ประเทศแกมเบีย, Gambiýa, Ang Gambiya, Kamipia, گامبىيە, Gambii, Găm-bi-a (Gambia), Gambiyän, Gàmbi, 冈比亚, Гамбудин Орн, די גאמביע, Orílẹ́ède Gambia, 甘比亞, 冈比亚共和国, i-Gambia

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