Gambia Travel

Islam in the Gambia

Posted by gambiatravel on April 22, 2009

gambia-introIslam is the majority religion of The Gambia, with around 90% of the population being Muslims. However, some popular religions practices diverge from mainstream Islam, with a system of marabout societies being very common. There is no Shi’ite following in the country. Gambia became a Muslim state largely because of the efforts of 19th century Muslim proselytizers and the peaceful period during British colonization. The Muslim sense of tolerance in Gambia is largely the work of present leadership, which decided to build on the colonial legacy of religious pluralism.

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Banjul

Posted by gambiatravel on January 26, 2009

Banjul (Banjul English) – the capital and the fourth-largest city of the Gambia (the largest nearby town is Serrekunda), located on the island of St. Mary (or Banjul Island) at the mouth of the River Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s population has decreased in recent years, now it is inhabited by 34.4 thousand. (2006), while in 1993 there lived 42.6 thousand. people. Grow rapidly while the population of urban team Wielki Banjul (Greater Banjul Area). In 2003, the resident 357.2 thousand. people, which is nearly two times more than 20 years earlier.

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Society

Posted by gambiatravel on December 8, 2008

Gambia society is diverse in terms of ethnic composition, but there is no greater zatargów between them. Each of them retain their language and traditions. The most important people of the Gambia is Mandinka tribe (40% of the population), and further Fulani (19%), Wolofowie (15%), diol (10%) and Soninke (8%). Most Gambijczyków professes Islam (90%). The remaining part of the Christians (9%) and animiści (1%). Officially, the Gambia holidays celebrated by both Muslim, and Christian.

Near 2 / 3 Gambijczyków lives in rural areas, but more and more young people to leave the capital in search of work and education.

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Gambia – Guide with tips for your holiday

Posted by gambiatravel on October 8, 2008

The literacy level is 41.4 percent (2004). The primary school is free, there is a school of five years (1997). The country has special schools for the training of teachers, nurses and other professionals, but has no university.

Gambia is a presidential republic since 1970. 1997, a new constitution came into force. State and Government, is head of the President, for a term of five years shall be elected by the people. Of the 49 Members of Parliament (National Assembly), 45 elected every five years and four appointed by the President. Main party is the Alliance for Patriotic reorganization and Construction (APRC).

Highest legal body is the Supreme Court; him are subordinate to the Court of Appeal and the magistrate courts. Gambia is divided administratively into six districts.

The economy is based primarily on agriculture. The main products are growing peanuts, partly in the mills of the country to be processed, partly to serve export. The tourism industry, which in recent years has been expanded, is also of economic importance. The trade balance is negative. The gross domestic product amounts to 357 million U.S. dollars (2002).

The cultivation of rice and millet serves as the holding of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens, self-sufficiency. Peanuts are mainly grown for export, approximately one third of the annual export revenue comes from sales of peanuts and peanut products. To the agricultural production more diverse and efficient, the government has the cultivation of cotton, sisal, citrus fruits and tobacco encouraged. Fishing is widespread along the coast.

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Media

Posted by gambiatravel on August 22, 2008

Critics have accused the government of restricting free speech. A law passed in 2002 created a commission with the power to issue licenses and imprison journalists; in 2004, additional legislation allowed prison sentences for libel and slander and cancelled all print and broadcasting licenses, forcing media groups to re-register at five times the original cost .

Three Gambian journalists have been arrested since the coup attempt. It has been suggested that they were imprisoned for criticizing the government’s economic policy, or for stating that a former interior minister and security chief was among the plotters. . Newspaper editor Deyda Hydara was shot to death under unexplained circumstances, days after the 2004 legislation took effect.

Licensing fees are high for newspapers and radio stations, and the only nationwide stations are tightly controlled by the government .

Reporters Without Borders has accused “President Yahya Jammeh’s police state” of using murder, arson, unlawful arrest and death threats against journalists.

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Kartong

Posted by gambiatravel on June 17, 2008

This magical little fishing village is the antithesis of the beach resorts around Fajara. Colourful pirogue (dug-out canoes) roll on the waves and there’s safe swimming nearby. In the south, the Hallahein River forms the border with Senegal and it’s a perfect, tranquil spot for leisurely pirogue tours and bird-watching excursions.

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When to Go

Posted by gambiatravel on May 12, 2008

The best time to travel in Gambia is from November to February, when conditions are dry and relatively cool. Around this time of year, however, the dry, dusty harmattan winds blow off the Sahara. During the wet season (June to October), popular tourist areas are less crowded and cheaper, though the rains can make some of the smaller dirt roads inaccessible, and diseases, including malaria, are more widespread. The peak tourist season lasts from October to April, which coincides with visiting migratory birds.

Catch the International Roots Festival in late June and/or early July.

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Banjul

Posted by gambiatravel on May 2, 2008

Banjul (formerly Bathurst), officially The City of Banjul is the capital of The Gambia, and located within the division of the same name. The population of the city proper is only 34,828, with the Greater Banjul Area, which includes the City of Banjul and the Kanifing Municipal Council, at a population of 357,238 (2003 census). It is located on St Mary’s Island (Banjul Island) where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. The island is connected to the mainland by passenger and vehicle ferries to the north and bridges to the south. Banjul is located at 13°28′ North, 16°36′ West (13.4667, -16.60).

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The Gambia

Posted by gambiatravel on May 2, 2008

The Gambia, officially the Republic of The Gambia, commonly known as Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. It is the smallest country on the African continental mainland and is bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and has a small coast on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Flowing through the centre of the country and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean is the Gambia River. On 18 February 1965, The Gambia became independent from the former British Empire and joined The Commonwealth. Banjul is its capital but the largest conurbation is Serekunda.

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