This Friday I depart with a group of bloggers to discover a new destination, The Gambia, and the truth is I have no idea what to expect.
From my reading so far I have learnt that the Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa. It’s a snake shaped country that, apart from it’s access to the west coast, is completely surrounded by Senegal. It is also one of Africa’s poorest nations.
I’m going to be travelling with Gambia Experience who have 25 years of experience taking guests to this area and assiting charity projects in the country. For their 25th birthday Gambia Experience donated £25,000 worth of flights and £25,000 of funding to over 25 charitable organisations working in The Gambia. I’m going to be visiting some of these projects, including a health clinic and school, to find out more.
From what I have seen so far the Gambian coastline looks sensational. I’m going to be staying near the ocean at Ngala Lodge with Monica (The Travel Hack) and Jai (from Savoir There) and we’ll get to partake in some of the usual Gambian holiday activities like cooking classes, spa treatments and basking in the sun. I’m also particularly keen to visit the local markets and see some of those smiles the Gambia is famous for. I’m also hoping to be able to meet the beautiful young girl Kat (from Travel With Kat) sponsors in the Gambia. Kat is a blogger who works with Gambia Experience, she knows the region well and has organised this blog trip so that she may introduce us to the country she loves, and we in return can tell our readers about it.
So to follow along as myself and my fellow bloggers discover this destination I know so little of look for the hashtag #BlogGambia on twitter and instagram. I’ll also be updating my facebook page where possible and, of course, blogging about the experience on this site upon my return. Also joining us in the Gambia is Iain Mallory (Mallory on Travel), Simon Falvo (Wild About Travel) and Tom Walburton (Bald Hiker) who will be staying at a resort on the river, so look out for their posts too.
I will be travelling as a guest of Gambia Experience. Thanks to Kathryn Burrington for approaching me with this opportunity and for providing the images in this post. I look forward to taking my own when we arrive on Friday.