With around 10 hours a day of sunshine throughout the year, Gambia is a stunning country to visit and it has a laid back atmosphere where things just ‘go with the flow’. If you want a relaxing holiday where you don’t have a care in the world, head to Gambia. Relax on the beautiful beach and soak up the scorching sun which will reach temperatures of around 35-40°C degrees. February and March tend to be the warmest and driest months of the year while August is the wettest.
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Travelling to and around The Gambia is generally considered safe for tourists who take sensible precautions about their security, as you would anywhere else in the world. Crime against tourists is increasing, including the theft of passports and valuables. Make use of hotel safes where available, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash, particularly when on the beach. Be aware that the rainy season in Gambia is from May to October, and during this time roads can become flooded or impassable. Check the local conditions before you set out on any journey.
Medical facilities in Gambia are limited. There are private clinics available, but these will expect payment in advance of treatment, even in an emergency, and fees can be very high. Ensure that you have adequate insurance in place which covers medical evacuation if necessary, and available funds to pay for any emergency treatment you may require. Gambia is high risk for malaria and Yellow fever, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel. If you need prescription medication, take a full supply with you, along with the prescription itself and the original packaging for your medicines. Gambia has very strict laws regarding drugs.
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