1. Kombo Beach Hotel in Kotu
WeatherBetween Nov 10th & 20th 2009 the weather was very hot.
Occasionally overcast & cloudy.
The humidity this visit was the worse it has ever been.
The evenings & at night were at times unpleasant so Air Con is most important when selecting your hotel as it does not come as standard in many hotels in the Gambia.
HolidayThis was our 1st visit to Kotu.
The beach is sandy, firm & flat when the tide is out but the sea is not for swimming in. The high waves are fun but the under currant is strong.
The bay of Kotu is a crescent shape with a fresh water stream (river) spilling into the sea.
Our hotel was central on the beach so each morning before breakfast we would walk half the bay watching the birds.
We saw vultures eating fish, waders with long legs digging for grubs to name a few, above the Black Kite, Harrier hawk & something very much like a large Magpie filled the sky
Places RecommendedThe only trip we did this time was 'Roots'.
The day started with a coach to the docks in Banjul where we boarded our open top boat sailing up stream to Albreda, the ancient slave trading station.
Just going around the museum, looking & reading about slave trade, was a very humbling experience & very emotional.
From there we sailed to James Island, this was where the slaves were held before being shackled & shipped, part of the fortress still remains.
We had a superb buffet lunch on our journey home, the boat really excelled with the food, morning coffee and afternoon tea,
A long but very good day, I would recommend this trip
Recommend Kotu to others