Travel to Senegal and The Gambia – Episode 702

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Travel to Senegal and the Gambia (Podcast)

Hear about travel to West Africa to Senegal and the Gambia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Brian Asher from about this under-visited region.

Brian has been to each of the 54 countries in Africa. Regarding West Africa, he says, “I think West Africa is really vibrant. Several of my friends who have been there for years in the Peace Corps say it’s about the people, it’s about the markets, it’s about the color. It’s about the way they treat you, just the life that’s on the streets of West Africa. We hear of animals and safaris in East and Southern Africa but West Africa is really the beating heart of the continent with some of the most populous countries, a fascinating region.” 

Senegal and The Gambia make an interesting pair of countries to visit in the region. The Gambia is inside of Senegal. It has no other neighboring countries. Brian says, “I think Senegal and The Gambia are a great introduction to Africa, especially to West Africa. They’re safe countries. They’re countries that are kind of a soft introduction. They are not as hard-hitting as some of the other countries in West Africa.  For me, the weather was very nice after coming from more tropical and intense heat in the Sahara, for example. The people are very friendly. There’s lots of lively music in the streets. When you think of Africa this would be a great place to start.”

Brian lays out a 10 day or so itinerary that starts in Dakar, heads north to Saint Louis with its UNESCO old city center, and then down to the capital city of The Gambia on the Gambia River. 

In Dakar, Senegal’s capital, Brian recommends a visit to the beautiful island of Gorée with its sad history of slave trading. Gorée is a UNESCO World Heritage site. He also recommends a visit to a local market, the African Renaissance Monument, the Mosque of the Divine, and the nearby Pink Lake. 

From Saint Louis, you can get out to the Langue de Barbarie National Park or do a desert camping adventure. 

In the capital city of The Gambia, Banjul, Brian visited the markets, the beaches, the monkey park, and the Kachikally Crocodile Pool.

Explore this less-visited part of Africa.

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Show Notes
West Africa
Lake Retba
Saint-Louis, Senegal
Photography Museum Saint-Louis
Langue de Barbarie
The Gambia
Bijilo Forest Park
Kachikally Crocodile Pool, Gambia
Serekunda Market
Albert Market
Africa on World Maps
Lompoul Desert Camp, Senegal
Travel Itinerary: Africa


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Hi Chris,

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

5 Responses to “Travel to Senegal and The Gambia – Episode 702”

Tom Lohrmann


Hi Chris,
I love west africa. I have been to Togo and Cameroon and completely agree with your guest. It’s hard to get to, but worth the adventure. People are extremely friendly and gracious. So helpful. A smile goes a long way! Dream of making it back to africa soon, but can live vicariously through your guests.

Have listened to all your episode and listen to it on Monday and work. I laugh so much!

I am a patreon supporter and wish I could give more.
Safe Travels



I’ve been waiting for an episode on The Gambia for years. I would have pitched it myself, but it has been years since I’ve been there and, even though I loved it, my memory probably isn’t good enough to guest on the show.

A couple of things that your guest did not mention: The Gambia has stone circles that date back to 3 BC. They’re in a place called Wassu, which is a half day drive from Banjul. Also in Katchikally, you can meet and pet Charlie the Crocodile … if that’s your thing.



Chris – Just a quick thank you for continuing to publish such a great podcast – especially now, when so many travel sites seem to not be covering actual travel. Your last two shows on Senegal/Gambia and West Virginia were both particularly fabulous. West Virginia has never been really high on my travel list, but now I’m ready to hop in the car and head there as soon as travel is allowed! On the other hand, Senegal has been on my travel list for a long time (mostly because I loved hearing Ofeibea Quist-Arcton’s melodious sign off for NPR from Dakar), but not as a place I really ever expected to go. A friend worked there a few years ago and said she thought it wouldn’t be that hard of a place to visit independently and now, after hearing your guest, I think I have to give it more consideration! Hoping to get there someday, but glad to at least travel there vicariously through your show. Please keep bringing us great stories and please do NOT switch to stories about what you can do when you can’t travel or speculating about what travel might be like two years from now. The world is a big and wonderful place, keep bringing it to us!

Daniël Cronk


Great episode. I’m looking forward to one day getting to this part of Africa. It appears as though the Brians website is no longer functioning.

Chris Christensen


Yes, looks like is gone.

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