Walk through the tropical forest of the Abuko Nature Reserve, which is within easy reach of the main resort areas and has crocodiles, monkeys, forest antelope, reptiles and over 300 bird species. It is best early in the morning. Upriver from Banjul, explore Gambian colonial history by visiting the exhibition of the slave trade at Albreda and Jufureh - twin villages that were made famous by Alex Haley's novel Roots - then cross to James Island, mid-river, to see its ruined fort.
Gambia things to see and do
The Gambia Tourism Authority in the UK
57 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DG, United Kingdom
Tel: (020) 7376 0093.