What to do and see in Banjul, Banjul Division: The Best Places and Tips

At the mouth of the Gambia River, Banjul is an oft overlooked seaport hub of economic and cultural activity. Welcoming visitors into town is Arch 22, a historical monument that also houses a modest textile museum. The city itself is home also to the African Heritage Museum as well as numerous bustling markets. The surrounding area boasts sunny beach resorts as well as nature reserves and national parks where monkeys, birds, hippos and hyenas go about their daily routines in the wild.

1. Bijilo Forest Park

Senegambia Highway, Banjul, Gambia Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 380 reviews

Bijilo Forest Park

This park contains a wide variety of birds.

Reviewed By mazzap - EnglandEngland

Worst Tourist Attraction I’ve Ever Been To

Paid £3.20 entrance for 2 of us. Really wished we hadn’t bothered going at all. Aggressive people within the entrance area trying to force you to buy peanuts for feeding to the monkeys. Even the female ticket seller (who claimed to be the deputy park rang

2. River Gambia National Park

Banjul, Gambia Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

River Gambia National Park

Five flat islands comprise this national park, which is also known as Baboon Island. Primates are plentiful, as well as reptiles and birds.

Reviewed By Lionotours - Kotu, GambiaKotu, Gambia

Georgetown Adventure

The River is most physical feature of The Gambia,It divides the country into north and south banks of Gambia.it takes it sure from an Island in Conakry, call Futa djalon island. It got two waters namely fresh and salt waters. Blessed with various fish and

3. Albert Market

Liberation Avenue, Banjul, Gambia Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 229 reviews

Albert Market

Reviewed By fringblom - Stockholm, SwedenStockholm, Sweden

Banjul market

Best way to get here is to get a fixed price with a guide to help you navigate the market. It is huge and the risk of getting lost is big. It is not very touristy and you have everything from leather, to carpentry, tailoring and fish. The market has every

4. Banjul - Barra Ferry Service

Liberation Avenue, Banjul, Gambia Transportation, Ferries
Excellent
33%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Banjul - Barra Ferry Service

Reviewed By graham e - Birkenhead, United KingdomBirkenhead, United Kingdom

What an experience

Took the early morning ferry from Banjul to Senegal. After waiting in the local market for our guide to collect the tickets we boarded, with what seemed half of Gambia, the ferry. The sights and sounds are amazing with overloaded lorries and vans squeezin

5. Abuko Nature Reserve

15 Miles South of Banjul | Kombo North District, Banjul, Gambia Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
22%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
19%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 163 reviews

Abuko Nature Reserve

This comparatively small and easily accessible wildlife reserve is home to a number of indigenous African birds.

Reviewed By Susan W

Birds galore!

We visited this nature reserve as part of a birding holiday in The Gambia. We had our own birdguide, Mas Sangeng, arranged by Farakunku Lodges where we were based, however there are guides available to hire at the reserve. Our guide was excellent and we w

6. Arch 22

Banjul, Gambia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
9%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
51%
Poor
10%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 133 reviews

Arch 22

Reviewed By lizzielicious - Lagos, NigeriaLagos, Nigeria

So much potential but run down

The arch is one of those must see monuments in The Gambia. Unfortunately it’s not been well looked after and maintained- the elevator doesn’t work and the stairway is really dark which is dangerous because it’s a winding, loopy staircase. When we reached

7. King Fahad Mosque

Banjul, Gambia Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

King Fahad Mosque

Reviewed By raoufbarrak

Friday prayer

Although I am a traveler I went there to perform Friday prayer they are very well organized. Parking is available valet is also available for $5.

8. National Museum

Indipendence Drive, Banjul, Gambia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Excellent
6%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

National Museum

Reviewed By MRichardson2014 - Lake of Bays, CanadaLake of Bays, Canada

Well curated little museum

The exhibits in this small museum have surprising scope and depth with lots of black and white photos, maps, costumes, instruments and prehistoric stone tools - but no masks. Some to the themes include weaving done by men, ceramics by women, Gesseh weddin

9. Kiang West National Park

Banjul, Gambia Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
14%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
21%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 14 reviews

Kiang West National Park

A diverse population of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish live in this vast wildlife preserve.

Reviewed By travellerNEEngland - NE EnglandNE England

Not worth long trip even for keen birders

I was disappointed by our trip to West Kiang National Park. Perhaps we did not spend enough time there, but could find as many birds in hotel gardens etc. Accommodation in the area is very basic.

10. Roman Catholic Cathedral

West. Davidson Carrol Street, Banjul, Gambia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
0%
Good
50%
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50%
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Reviewed By Andy W - Zaventem, BelgiumZaventem, Belgium

Part of history

While not on most visitor's places to visit after several trips to Banjul I finally made the stop. It is in need of repair but it is an important part of the history of the area and after the visit and reading about it I am glad I made the stop.

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