Fly To Banjul, Gambia
The friendly island-town of Banjul is Gambia’s capital city. Despite its sleepy facade, the city is home to a few fascinating attractions, foremost among which is the National Museum and Albert Market.
Banjul is home to a large variety of foreigners and European expatriates so visitors can expect to meet a colourful mix of cultures.
The skyline of the city is distinguished by the twin minarets of the King Fahd Mosque and the Banjul State House which the Portuguese built.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Banjul do need a visa for Gambia. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Honorary Consulate in Gambia is located at 23 Sait Matty Road, Bakau, Banjul. Phone: +220 462 555. Fax: +220 461 955. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
Top places of interest include Banjul State House, Banjul Court House and the African Heritage Museum which fronts as an art gallery where a large collection of African art and statues are on display. Arch 22, at a height of 35 metres, is found at the end of Independence Drive and presents a unique view of Banjul city and its coastal areas.
Albert Market is the place to go for both local and imported goods. A vibrant bustling market, the many items that can be bought here range from silver jewellery to clothes to fresh produce and household items to local handicrafts.
A visit to The War Memorial & Fountain may be of interest to history buffs. The memorial serves to commemorate the coronation of Britain’s King George VI in 1937 and is located near MacCarthy Square which showcases 19th century colonial architecture.
Oyster Creek offers a quiet relaxed getaway where nature lovers can indulge in bird watching, fishing or just relax on a boat amidst lush dense mangroves , home to many species of fish and other wildlife.
Banjul International Airport – BJL
Banjul International Airport (code BJL) is the only airport in Gambia and is located 20km from Banjul, the capital city. The airport was formally a World War II Allied airfield which served as a port of call for Allied naval convoys and an air stopover for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Another claim to fame is it being one of the emerging landing sites for the NASA shuttle.
Food and beverage: For food and beverages at Banjul Airport International, there is the Air View Restaurant, a ground floor snack bar and a number of duty free shops.
Currency Exchange: Bureau de Change services are available at Banjul International Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Banjul Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels nearby the airport include: Esperanto Lodge, Lodge du Delta Niominka.
Airport Hub: Banjul International Airport (code BJL) is a hub for Gambia Bird.