Here are some frequently asked questions about a trip to Lower Niumi but feel free to send any other questions you may have.
Everything from a fully escorted trip with a detailed planned itinerary, to some logistical suggestions/introductions to help with accommodation and transport for more independent travellers.
What will it cost?
Gambia is a country rich in culture, arts and life but cash poor.
The holiday will not break the bank but what you will get is priceless.
These are some figures to give you an idea but nothing is set in stone and your holiday can price according to your wants and needs.
To give you an idea this would be in the region of £450 for 2 weeks for the single traveller, there are supplements on the rooms and group bookings can be priced accordingly
Board and lodging with en suite bathrooms and include breakfast and dinner.
Daily drumming lesson, dance lessons and a cookery class
Trips in the boat x 4
Safari trips x 4
Flights vary but it is worth checking Thomas Cook for some really great deals.
What is it that you expect of the traveller?
A chance to ask for a generous spirit, open mind, willingness to engage with the community and to be treated and to treat everyone with kindness and respect.
There are enough facilities in Barra to make your life easy.
You can exchange cash; there is also an ATM machine. There are markets, stalls and shops in this thriving port.
The ferry crosses to Banjul on a regular basis and if you miss the ferry there are small boats that ferry goods and passengers in between big ferry times.
What else might I need to know?
Gambia has a very low crime rate but it does not hurt to be mindful. We do take precautions that help minimise any risks. We have the option to lock your passports in the local bank’s safe for the duration of your stay. We suggest you pay upfront for your holiday so you only need cash for things you might want to buy.
You can walk the sandy beach shore for miles and swim till your hearts content but best be prepared with a pair of water shoes just in case you crunch a sea urchin underfoot.
All travellers are welcome so have no qualms about traveling alone, you might come alone but you will not be alone (unless you choose to be!)
Gambians love children and I cannot think of a better place to come with your young ones to broaden their minds and spirits.
Malaria is something to be aware of and advice from your doctor about this is recommended. Some guests have taken Malarone and had a yellow fever injection – and also take out personal travel insurance for their own peace of mind.
Pack a good quality mosquito repellent and a high factor sunscreen cream.
Gambia is predominately Muslim but not exclusively, so Christians and Muslims live in peace and harmony side by side.
Friday is the big day for prayer and as a consequence the day is like a Sunday in a Christian country.
It is fine to wear your bikini and speedos on the beach but not so in the town.
Tailors are always ready to run up clothes from beautiful cloth that can be purchased locally.
Gambians share one bowl when eating and there is a code of manners attached to this, which are also shared. This is a wonderful way to eat, share and be a part of something special.
Vegetarian options are available and equally delicious.
There are many cultures and local languages used but the predominant one in Barra is Wolof. Many people also speak English.