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Any trip to a foreign country starts with a lot of preparations to make sure that everything goes well. 

 

As usual I booked flight tickets, accommodation at the Senegambia Hotel, downloaded my Covid-19 vaccine certificate and paid for medical insurance for any eventuality while in a foreign land. 

Photo: The time difference between Nairobi and Banjul is 3 hours as you can see from the screenshot that I took using my phone.

 

In this short story I will share with you my experience traveling to the African Commission in the Gambia for the first time ever and what I think of The Gambia. 

 

Photo: The Gambia is a country in West Africa surrounded by Senegal on three sides and the remaining side is facing the Atlantic Ocean. The county is small in terms of land area with just 11,300 square kilometers. The Gambia is located along the meandering Gambia River.

 

The Gambia is slightly bigger than Kwale (8270 square kilometers) but smaller than Kilifi (12,245 km2). In fact, the Gambia is nearly the exact size as Baringo County in Kenya (11075.3). 

Photo: There are no direct flights from Nairobi to Banjul. There are a number of connecting flights along the way. From Nairobi – Addis Ababa – Accra- Sierra Leone – Banjul in the Gambia. We flew over Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and then to the Gambia.

 

The Gambia is well known for being the home of African Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). The ACHPR’s has a huge conference center at a town known as Serekunda which closer to the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

The Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre  was constructed and donated by the People’s Republic of China to the ACHPR. It was opened on the 11th January 2020 by President Adama Barrow of the Gambia. 

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Security Check fee $20

When you arrive and depart the airport in Gambia, you are expected to pay $20 in USD for what they call “airport security check”. That makes it a total of $40 dollars. However, I can confirm that no security check was conducted on us. In fact, the atmosphere was so relaxed that we sat down and took a selfie which is not possible at other airports such as in Accra or Addis Ababa. At JKIA in fact you find police presence everywhere you look. 

Hotels- Accommodation 

Photo: For the few days that we spent in Gambia we enjoyed the serenity of the Senegambia beach hotel in Serekunda. This is a huge hotel with numerous blocks of hotel looks and private beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo: Senegambia Beach Hotel is located in a secure section of town. When we entered the street on which it is located we were welcomed by armed police officers who screen incoming vehicles to ensure the place is sound and secure.

 

Photo: Senegambia Beach Hotel prominently advertises the prices of taxis to various destinations across the country. No fear of being extorted. 
Photo: The Gambia has a tropical climate. The place is hot and humid just like in Mombasa City in Kenya. This may be attributed to the presence of the Atlantic Ocean. So be advised that you only need to dress lightly. 
Photo: Once of the most important event that we witnessed was the change of logo and revamping of the website for the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights. See the great log above!

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