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Kololi

Things to do in Kololi

With its miles of sandy shores, beautiful waters and sizzling temperatures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the only thing to do in Kololi is laze on the beach. Of course, this is the priority for most holidaymakers, but there are actually a variety of fun things to do in and around Kololi on your Gambia holidays .

Save your spot on the sand

Famous for being one of the best coastlines on the west coast of Africa, Kololi Beach provides holidaymakers with one thing – pure relaxation. Kilometres of pristine golden sand stretch as far as the eye can see, and with the beautiful Gambian sun shining for over ten hours a day, it's easy to see the appeal.

Relax to the sound of the waves from the comfort of a sunlounger, before heading into one of the many beach bars lining the sand to grab a well-earned cocktail. Fruit stalls, shacks and cafes all offer a bite to eat and a chance to chat to the locals before heading back to your spot on the sand.

Try haggling at the craft market

If you're looking to dive into local life, a visit to the Senegambia Craft Market is a perfect way to get a taste of life in Kololi. Located on the main strip of the town, the market is home to a huge variety of stalls selling souvenirs, artwork and crafts.

As the best place to pick up a keepsake on your holiday to Gambia, the market also offers a lively window into Kololi life. Just remember to bring your negotiating game as haggling is half the fun.

Monkey around in Bijilo Forest Park

Close to Kololi is a forest where you can get up close to locals of a different type – the local monkeys, that is. The aptly nicknamed Monkey Forest in Bijilo Forest Park is home to three different types of primates, and with trails leading through the spectacular greenery, this is a wonderful way to see Gambia's wildlife.

Monkey around in Bijilo Forest Park

Close to Kololi is a forest where you can get up close to locals of a different type – the local monkeys, that is. The aptly nicknamed Monkey Forest in Bijilo Forest Park is home to three different types of primates, and with trails leading through the spectacular greenery, this is a wonderful way to see Gambia's wildlife.

Some of the monkeys will even eat peanuts out of your hand – luckily they sell them by the bag at the park's entrance.

Cruise in style down Gambia River

If you fancy a change of scenery while unwinding on the beach, try relaxing on a boat. Spend a lazy few hours sailing down the spectacular Gambia River, with plenty of tours organised by operators in Kololi, including transfers.

River tours can last up to five hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery, take advantage of the bar, or even try your hand at fishing. And keep your eyes peeled – if you're lucky you may spot a hippo.

Say hello to the lions with a safari tour

For a truly memorable experience while in Africa, join a safari tour with one of the many operators working from Kololi. Although there are no reserves near the town itself, these local tour guides will escort you on a ferry ride to the game reserve in Senegal around an hour away, and take you on a thrilling 4x4 safari tour around the park.

This is an amazing chance to see some of the spectacular wildlife in the reserve, including giraffes, rhinos and even lions. Many operators offer a range of options, from day tours to multi-day packages, which can also include cultural tours of the nearby schools and historical places of interest.