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Faces of Gambia

Friendly Gambian

When I think back about Gambia, my mind goes straight to the people. Their warm smiles. Their friendly greetings and their genuine hospitality. It may be cliché to say “it’s the people who make a place” but my experience in Gambia was truly shaped by the people I met along the way. Everywhere I went, I […]

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Video: The Sounds of Tamala Africa Percussion Troupe, The Gambia

Dancing with full focus

I hear the infectious beat of the drums before I see them. A raucous mix of polyphonic rhythms and dramatic melodies blasts through the iron gates. We enter the family compound and find an 18-member band erupting into a cacophony of roaring percussion beats: the rattling of the tambourine, the tinkle of the balaphone and the beat of the West African djembe drums. The players pulse […]

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Street Art in the Village of Kubuneh, Gambia

Street art in Kubuneh

During a river excursion in Makasutu Forest, I hopped on a pirogue (wooden dugout canoe) with my guide Amado and paddled on a tributary of River Gambia. Our boat ride brought us through patchworks of red mangroves and past little thatched huts to arrive at Kubuneh, a village just a few miles away from Mandina Lodges. […]

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Gambia’s Makasutu Forest: Baboons, Rural Villages and Street Art

Makasutu Forest from above

It is barely dawn in the Makasutu Forest. I’m awakened by the chirping of birds, the chattering of the crabs and the distant cries of baboons. The natural symphony echoes from within the forest and mangroves surrounding me and the water beneath my feet. I step outside of my floating bungalow and the musky, tropical air hits me. Electric pink rays splash across the […]

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Highlights of Gambia: from River Safaris to Fishing Villages

Mandina Lodge

I recently returned from a short jaunt to the Gambia with vivid memories of West Africa and very new perspectives of the region. The Gambia Experience gave me a taste of what West Africa has to offer — but it definitely left me with the urge and curiosity to explore more of the region. From the inland […]

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