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Gambia Travel and Tourism

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Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and has a small coast on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Its borders roughly correspond to the path of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the country's center and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its size is almost 10,500 km² with an estimated population of 1,700,000. On 18 February 1965, Gambia was granted independence from the United Kingdom and joined The Commonwealth. Banjul is Gambia's capital, but the largest conurbation is Serrekunda. The Gambia shares historical roots with many other west African nations in the slave trade, which was key to the establishment of a colony on the Gambia river, first by the Portuguese and later by the British. Since gaining independence in 1965, the Gambia has enjoyed relative stability, with the exception of a brief period of military rule in 1994. An agriculturally rich country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

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The International Roots Festival of Gambia - Banjul
The International Roots Festival of Gambia Gambia celebrates both Christian and Muslim holidays. Since the Islamic (or Hejira) calendar is based on the lunar cycle, it is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Therefore, Islamic holidays and festivals fall 11 days earlier each year. The beginning of the Muslim New Year (local name, Tamkharit) is currently celebrated in January. On that day, you'll see children walking from house to house, singing and asking for small gifts of money. Eid al-Moulid, which celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, is currently held in March. Ramadan is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (presently around September), commemorating the month when the Qur'an was revealed to Mohammed....

Dry and relatively cool climate make Gambia best to visit - Banjul
Dry and relatively cool climate make Gambia best to visit The best time to travel in Gambia is from November to February, when conditions are dry and relatively cool. Around this time of year, however, the dry, dusty harmattan winds blow off the Sahara. During the wet season (June to October), popular tourist areas are less crowded and cheaper, though the rains can make some of the smaller dirt roads inaccessible, and diseases, including malaria, are more widespread. The peak tourist season lasts from October to April, which coincides with visiting migratory birds. Catch the International Roots Festival in late June and/or early July. Gambia is a sliver in the side of Africa, one of its tiniest countries, but its attractions are just as bright as any in the region. The...