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Welcome to Gambia Hotel Association

The Gambia Hotel Association (GHA) has been in existence for over twenty five years. Over the years its membership has grown (30 hotels) and all major hotels are members of the Association.

Member hotels are not only located in the major tourist resorts but also in other areas of The Gambia and represent the best choice for your stay in Gambia from budget 2 star hotels to first class boutique hotels.

The Association is recognized as important stakeholder within Gambian tourism and is represented though it’s Secretariat and Executive members. All members have to comply with the Constitution of the Association and are thus bound to offer you good quality and service with a smile!

Destination

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The Gambia Hotel Association (GHA) has been in existence for over twenty five years. Over the years its membership has grown (30 hotels) and all major hotels are members of the Association.

Member hotels are not only located in the major tourist resorts but also in other areas of The Gambia and represent the best choice for your stay in Gambia from budget 2 star hotels to first class boutique hotels.

The Association is recognized as important stakeholder within Gambian tourism and is represented though it’s Secretariat and Executive members. All members have to comply with the Constitution of the Association and are thus bound to offer you good quality and service with a smile!

Heart-warming hospitality

As a tourist destination, The Gambia ticks all the right boxes. As well as generally cloudless skies and temperatures of over 30 degrees, it offers beautiful sandy beaches and heart-warming tropical hospitality. All this is available just an easy journey from Europe with no jet lag. 

The Gambia has built a reputation as an economical and culturally diverse alternative to Caribbean and Mediterranean beach-style holidays. Beyond this, however, the country has a great deal more to offer. In many ways it is an ideal tourist destination because it has something for everyone.

From luxury hotels to rustic huts, from relaxing on the beach to exploring tropical jungles and from top-quality dining to traditional arts and crafts, The Gambia offers a wealth of opportunities and possibilities.

Seasons

The main tourist season is in the winter months – generally the driest time of year, with day after day of uninterrupted sunshine. 

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However, The Gambia is also a great place to visit in the summer. Although short and heavy showers occur regularly, the benefits of the green season far outweigh any minor inconvenience as the forests are transformed into a green oasis with an abundance of tropical flowers. 

Places to stay 

The main concentration of hotels is on or near the main Kombo Coastal Road that links Bakau in the north with Bijilo in the south. At the southern end of this area is the recently completed Sheraton Gambia Resort at Brufut, opposite the upmarket housing estate of Brufut Gardens.

Further north, Bijilo is the next village, a quiet area with a few bars and restaurants and an uncrowded beach. 

One of the most developed tourist centres is Kololi, which has a good choice of bars, restaurants and shops as well as a busy craft market. It can be quite lively in the evenings. Several of the larger resort hotels can be found in this area including the Coco Ocean, the Karaiba and the Senegambia, while the Dunes, Paradise Suites and Sarge’s Hotel are discreetly located back from the beach.

Kotu Stream

The Kotu area is the most densely packed area for hotels. It is a fast developing area with several new restaurants and bars. It surrounds the Kotu Stream, famous for birdwatching and fine views over the mangroves. Kotu includes Sunset Beach, located beside the Kotu Stream, Luigi’s Complex, Bungalow Beach and the Kombo Beach. 

There are fewer hotels to the north, although the villages are generally more developed. In Bakau, the African Village Hotel stands on a hill with impressive ocean views. Bakau is a bustling town set in a network of roads with shops and roadside stalls.

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Cape Point, at the mouth of the Gambia River, is another fast-developing area. The Ocean Bay Resort & Hotel is located here. Because this coastline faces the river mouth, these hotels have fine views across to northern Gambia and Senegal as well as a prime location beside one of the best and safest beaches in The Gambia. Cape Point is generally a business district. It contains government and other buildings as well as bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Further to the east is the capital Banjul, with little to interest the tourist apart from the busy market, the National Museum and a few restaurants. 

The river

Away from the coast, the Gambia River is central to most activities. Running right through the heart of the country, the river is a focus for commerce and transport.

Although the vast majority of Gambian hotels are located on or near one of the country’s fine beaches, there is a growing number of lodges and “eco retreats” further inland, often situated on the banks of the river or its tributaries. 

Reputation 

The Gambia is often seen as purely a beach resort and winter sun destination. But this fascinating country, with its culture, its people and its natural diversity, can offer much more to the traveller who wants to explore. 

Whatever the choice of activity, however, the GHA hotels featured in this guide are a perfect base from which to start.

Welcome to The Gambia

The Gambia has established itself in the recent years as one of the most sought-after winter sun destinations for tourists from Europe and the sub-region, but Gambia is an all year round destination and during the summer months hotels offer attractive rates and the weather is lovely and the beaches remain unspoilt. In the last few years the number of visitors during the summer has shown an impressive growth.

This growing popularity can be attributed to a combination of endless sunshine, fabulous beaches, a rich culture, unique traditions, wonderful hospitality and a very safe environment.

Although the West African Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, it has a lot to offer and beyond the superficial image of ‘sun, sea and sand’ there is a hidden world to be discovered – on that is largely untouched by development. Visit The Gambia and Go Discover! Read More

The Gambia Hotel Association Guide

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Visitors (June 2016 to date)

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Contact GHA

Gambia Hotel Association
C/o Djembe Resort
Duplex Road

Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 17.00
Friday – Saturday 9.00 – 13.00

Tel: +220 772 5379

E-mail: info @ gambiahotels.gm

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