A guide to things to do in Cape Point
Gambia is full of beautiful wildlife and stunning natural scenery, and the Cape Point area is no exception. Whether you choose to spend your days basking on the beach or exploring the wonders of the local environment, there’s plenty of fun to be had here both in and out of the sun during your Gambia holidays.
Marvel at nature at Kachikally Crocodile Pool
There are a few pools and lagoons where you can see crocodiles around Bakau’s Cape Point, but Kachikally is the most popular spot by far. The crocodiles here are fed several times a day, so you can witness the spectacle for yourselves, as well as visiting a small exhibition about them and other local fauna.
While it’s possible to pose for photos with the animals, as there are no barriers between you and the wildlife, do remember that these docile creatures are still wild animals.
Dip your toes in the Atlantic
It wouldn’t be a trip to Cape Point without a little time spent soaking up the sunshine and paddling in the cool waters of the Atlantic ocean. You’re never far from the beach in this bite-sized resort, and overlooking the sand are a number of beach shacks serving up fresh baobab juices and made-to-order Gambian cuisine.
While sinking your feet into the white sands of the Cape Point shoreline, a couple of pounds will get you your own shaded sunlounger and drinks brought to you while you tan.
Get a round in at Fajara Golf Club
Neighbouring Fajara houses a host of great drinking and dining options, but it’s also home to the wonderful Fajara Golf Club. This 18-hole, par 69 course sits right next to another stretch of beach, and while it’s predominantly a membership-based club, tourists on holiday to Gambia are welcome play for a fee.
The club also boasts a pool, tennis courts and squash courts, as well as a clubhouse bar and restaurant where you can cool off in the shade during a day of golfing. Keen golfers will be more than happy with the greens here, which are well-maintained and sure to help you perfect your technique.
Treat yourself at the craft market
For souvenirs, gifts and other mementoes, look no further than the Bakau craft market. This small cluster of shops and stalls sells an intricate array of handmade wares, from wooden sculptures and printed fabrics to beautiful paintings and jewellery.
While haggling is actively encouraged, rest assured there’s little of the hard-sell tactic here, with stallholders ready to help or let you browse at your leisure.
Go wild on safari
Don’t miss out on the chance to see incredible wildlife in their natural habitat during your time in Gambia. Safari tour options are plentiful in the Bakau and Cape Point area and you’ll find choices of tailored bird-watching or aquatic animal tours. From monkeys to zebras and crocodiles, guides will talk you through the habits of a range of animal life as you tour the countryside by jeep.
Another option for a great family day out is Bakau’s botanical gardens where you’ll have the chance to see some of its 550 exotic bird and reptile species before you return to the beach, or to the breezy reggae nights of the local bar scene.