Im heading back up through the Kairaba and along the little stretch of road called the SeneGambia otherwise known as the strip. At the bottom of the strip is the SenGambia hotel, the first hotel in Kololi and hence the name. The strip is packed with mostly restaurants for all the tourists and a few bars, nightclubs etc.
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I notice quite a few women around Sarjes hotel, old and ugly mostly even a couple of butch lesbian types, some with African men. Gambia like many African and Caribbean resorts has its fair share of female sex tourism. Oh well, live and let live, this was something I would need to get use to and accept, just goes to show underneath they are not much different from their men folk.
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The flight to Gambia or Bangul airport was from Gatwick London and flying with Monarch leaving at 9:30AM. The flight is 6 hours which is not too long another good thing about taking a vacation in this part of West Africa. Even so I paid a premium for extra legroom. Dinner on the flight was included in the package but any drinks or snacks you had to pay for.
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From a UK perspective, there is a great site with loads of money saving tips and a really good section on saving money for travel. Its here I learn about credit cards that you load up with your own cash that give the best exchange rate for using a card and never block as its only your own money. As my holiday to Gambia was a package deal I read the articles on getting the cheapest package deals
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Before travelling to somewhere exotic like Gambia in West Africa the travel advice is to visit your doctor 8 weeks before you leave. The doctor will then determine by country what vaccinations you may need. The last time I saw the doctor relative to travel was early 2002 when I visit Goa in India, which was my first trip to the third world, where I was expected to take anti malaria tablets daily.
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Been considering a return to Africa for a few years now as mongering in other parts of the world has become too commercialised as developing countries economies have vastly improved over the last 10 years. From no kissing in Costa Rica to Gogos full of Coyote dancers or Fuglies in Thailand, the girlfriend experience has all but gone. Africa being the final frontier.
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