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What to expect from #BlogGambia

This Friday I depart with a group of bloggers to discover a new destination, The Gambia, and the truth is I have no idea what to expect.

From my reading so far I have learnt that the Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa. It’s a snake shaped country that, apart from it’s access to the west coast, is completely surrounded by Senegal. It is also one of Africa’s poorest nations.

Map of Gambia

I’m going to be travelling with Gambia Experience who have 25 years of experience taking guests to this area and assiting charity projects in the country. For their 25th birthday Gambia Experience donated £25,000 worth of flights and £25,000 of funding to over 25 charitable organisations working in The Gambia. I’m going to be visiting some of these projects, including a health clinic and school, to find out more.

The Gambia, Kathryn Burrington TravelWithKat.com

From what I have seen so far the Gambian coastline looks sensational. I’m going to be staying near the ocean at Ngala Lodge with Monica (The Travel Hack) and Jai (from Savoir There) and we’ll get to partake in some of the usual Gambian holiday activities like cooking classes, spa treatments and basking in the sun. I’m also particularly keen to visit the local markets and see some of those smiles the Gambia is famous for. I’m also hoping to be able to meet the beautiful young girl Kat (from Travel With Kat) sponsors in the Gambia. Kat is a blogger who works with Gambia Experience, she knows the region well and has organised this blog trip so that she may introduce us to the country she loves, and we in return can tell our readers about it.

The Gambia, Kathryn Burrington TravelWithKat.com

So to follow along as myself and my fellow bloggers discover this destination I know so little of look for the hashtag #BlogGambia on twitter and instagram. I’ll also be updating my facebook page where possible and, of course, blogging about the experience on this site upon my return. Also joining us in the Gambia is Iain Mallory (Mallory on Travel), Simon Falvo (Wild About Travel) and Tom Walburton (Bald Hiker) who will be staying at a resort on the river, so look out for their posts too.

I will be travelling as a guest of Gambia Experience. Thanks to Kathryn Burrington for approaching me with this opportunity and for providing the images in this post. I look forward to taking my own when we arrive on Friday.

 

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Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!

17 Comments

  • Monica
    April 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Ridiculously excited!
    Does anyone know of any books about The Gambia? I don’t know that much about it and I’ve been looking for a decent book to read before we go. Even my local Waterstones didn’t have a guidebook for The Gambia!

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    • Kathryn
      April 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Hi Monica,
      Rough Guide and Bradt both publish books on The Gambia while Lonely Planet does one on The Gambia and Senegal.I am surprised Waterstones didn’t have any. I can bring one with me for you to read on the plane if you like!
      Kathryn

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      • Jayne
        April 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

        That would be great Kat. I’d like to do some pre-reading on the plane too!

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      • Monica
        April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        That would be awesome, thanks Kat. I left my iPad at a friends so unfortunately I can’t download anything 🙁

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  • Kathryn
    April 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Can’t wait to share The Gambia with all of you. I’m seriously excited too!

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  • Lorinda Sinclair
    April 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Its a wonderful place. My sister worked out there at The Kairaba Hotel and with The Gambia Experience(Valerie Thompson)…. she was well known and involved herself in the many causes for schools and cats (she loved cats)
    The people are so friendly and want to be your friend and meet their families!
    Have a great time….am looking forward to your blog.
    I am not sure if Lilian still works for Gambia Experience out there but if she does tell her Lindy says hi!

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    • Jayne
      April 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Hi Lindy, thanks so much for your comment. I am really looking forward to the trip and will be sure to pass on your regards if I can 🙂

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  • Emma
    April 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

    You are going to have SUCH a good time! Can’t wait to read all about it. Nothing like trying somewhere completely different 🙂

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    • Jayne
      April 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Emma, my thoughts exactly 🙂

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  • Sheona
    April 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hi I have been here in Gambia for 5 months and just don’t want to go home to the UK, here in Gambia I live with locals they also have a bar within the compound so I get the chance to meet all the locals when ever I go into the bar I also go into the local Schools to meet teachers and kids to help out any way I can the people are so nice and friendly I wish I could stay here forever

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  • Suzanne (Travelbunny)
    April 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Have a fantastic trip – looking forward to reading your Gambia posts 🙂

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  • Yeity
    May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Wow, what an experience – it really is the underdog in many ways, and the underdog always comes up trumps 🙂 Have fun!

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  • Drumles Den Haag
    November 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Going there in february. Just can’t wait. it will be a very interesting experience I believe 🙂 Thank you for your blog, very helpful!

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