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Gambia

Background

Gambia

The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965. Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH led a military coup in 1994 that overthrew the president and banned political activity. A new constitution and presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. JAMMEH has been elected president in all subsequent elections including most recently in late 2006.

About

The Gambia is a country in West Africa and is the smallest country on the continent of Africa. It has a short North Atlantic Ocean coastline in the west and is surrounded by Senegal so that it is almost an enclave. The country occupies the navigable length of the Gambia River valley and surrounding hills.

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GambiaOcean Bay Hotel & Resort 

Kofi Annan Street,Cape Point
Bakau
Gambia

Price (US$): $125 - $157 / night

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Location. Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort is located on the beach in Bakau, close to Cape Point Beach, Bakau Beach, and Bakau Kachikally. Independence Stadium is also a point of interest near this luxury hotel. Hotel Features. Dining options at Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort include 2 restaurants. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a… more »

GambiaSheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa 

Brufut Heights AU Highway
Serekunda
Gambia

Price (US$): $250 - $336 / night

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Location. Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa is located on the beach in Serrekunda, close to Tanji Bird Reserve. Other points of interest are Bijilo Forest Park and Kololi Beach. Hotel Features. Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa features a beach bar and a poolside bar. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and… more »

GambiaKairaba Beach Hotel 

390 Senegambia Road
Kololi
Serekunda PMB 390
Gambia

Price (US$): $251 - $321 / night

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Location. Kairaba Beach Hotel is located on the beach in Serrekunda, close to Kololi Beach and Bijilo Forest Park. Other points of interest are Independence Stadium and Bakau Kachikally. Hotel Features. Kairaba Beach Hotel features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms, body treatments, beauty services, and a hair salon.… more »

GambiaCoco Ocean 

One Bamboo Drive, Kombo Coastal Road
Serekunda
Gambia

Price (US$): $176 - $330 / night

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Location. Coco Ocean is located on the beach in Serrekunda, close to Bijilo Forest Park and Kololi Beach. Other points of interest are Independence Stadium and Bakau Kachikally. Hotel Features. Dining options at Coco Ocean include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

GambiaLaico Atlantic Banjul 

Marina Parade
Banjul
Gambia

Price (US$): $47 - $141 / night

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Location. Laico Atlantic Banjul is located on the beach in central Banjul, close to Gambia National Museum, Arch 22, and State House. Other points of interest near this all inclusive hotel include Banjul Beach and Fort Bullen. Hotel Features. This hotel offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and… more »

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Gambia

Capital
Banjul
Location

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal

Geographic coordinates

13 28 N, 16 34 W

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Delaware

Border countries

Senegal 740 km

Coastline

80 km

Climate

tropical; hot, rainy season (June to November); cooler, dry season (November to May)

Terrain

flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by some low hills

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation 53 m

Natural resources

fish, clay, silica sand, titanium (rutile and ilmenite), tin, zircon

Population

1,824,158 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

African 99% (Mandinka 42%, Fula 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%, other 4%), non-African 1% (2003 census)

Religions

Muslim 90%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 2%

Languages

English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars

Government type

republic

Independence

18 February 1965 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 18 February (1965)

Chief of state

President Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH (since 18 October 1996); note - from 1994 to 1996 he was chairman of the junta; Vice President Isatou NJIE-SAIDY (since 20 March 1997); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH (since 18 October 1996); Vice President Isatou NJIE-SAIDY (since 20 March 1997)

Internet country code

.gm

Internet users

130,100 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Banjul

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