Banjul is the capital city of The Gambia. It has a population of approximately 35,000 people and is situated on an island where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. The Greater Banjul area, which includes the city proper and the Kanifing Municipal Council, has a much larger population of around 357,000 people. Since Banjul Gambia is found on an island, growth is limited. As a result, much of the growth of The Gambia has channeled into the country’s largest city of Serrekunda to the southwest.
Banjul Gambia is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Originally called Bathurst, it was founded in the early 19th century by the British and served as both a trading and military post. Among the main responsibilities of the British military in Banjul was to suppress the slave trade along the Gambia River. Eight years after Gambia gained independence from Britain in 1965, the name of Bathurst was changed to Banjul. Among the city’s principal industries are peanut processing, beeswax, and palm wood. Also shipped from the port of Banjul are palm oil, and skins and hides. As for tourist attractions, Banjul Gambia is home to the Albert Market and the Gambian National Museum. The Albert Market, as is true of many other markets in Africa, is a colorful, lively, and bustling place of commerce where all kinds of goods are bought and sold.
Banjul Gambia is a mix of colonial buildings, modern offices, and shanty buildings. Easy to navigate, the city offers enough in the way of charm and is certainly worth visiting during a Gambia vacation. When visitors want to get a break from the urban side of things, they can easily get to beaches near the city or venture off to regional coastal resorts and parks.
The island that Banjul is situated on is connected to the mainland via bridges. It is also possible to travel between the city and the mainland via ferries. In terms of air travel, Banjul Gambia is served by the Banjul International Airport. This airport offers a number of facilities and amenities, including a restaurant, bars, small shops, and duty-free stores. Various airlines offer links between the Banjul International Airport and European cities including Madrid, Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. It is also possible to catch flights between Banjul and such African cities as Dakar, Freetown, and Lagos. As for where to stay after arriving in Banjul, there are numerous hotels to select from both in the city and in nearby areas. The Gambia hotels offer a lot in the way of variety and include several gems that can make for great vacation bases. Rather unsurprisingly, the beach hotels are in high demand among tourists.