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The longest-established of the resorts fringing The Gambia's sun-bleached Atlantic coastline, Kololi is a mixed bag of dignified, low-rise hotels and rustic guesthouses jumbled together with tourist-trap restaurants and brash nightspots. The quarter known as the Senegambia area, a development hotspot, is the hub of The Gambia's mainstream tourist industry; in peak season its main road is busy with vendors, taxi drivers and touts, all vying for the attention of the tourists who come here to eat and drink. A little further inland is quiet, leafy Kololi Village, and to the north is the Palma Rima area, with a great beach and more tourist hotels.Kololi's beach is a generous sweep of sand that's almost entirely man-made: tidal erosion sweeps away sections of the shore on a regular basis. Gambian beaches are common ground and sunbathers share the sand with local youths fishing, jogging, working out or peddling fresh juice; there's plenty of room for all. The beach hotels provide sun-loungers, shades and attendants for their clientele and tend to keep their patch clean. Powerful currents occasionally make the sea unsafe for swimming: it's important to heed local advice.Kololi has a tiny nature reserve, the Bijilo Forest Park, graced by attractive palm trees and dense shrubs. Red colobus and vervet monkeys are easy to spot here - they're wild but surprisingly tame, thanks to thoughtless tourists feeding them titbits. On a sandy backstreet in Kololi Village is the Village Gallery, an interesting, right-on local venture which showcases art and photography from The Gambia and elsewhere in West Africa.

SOGNO ATLANTICO

Spiagge infinite con pochissime persone e spazio per ogni tipo di attività,questa è Kololi beach,la spiaggia della zona turistica del Gambia conosciuta anche come Senegambia.Le spiagge del Gambia sono una sorta di seconda casa per locali e turisti,dove si lavora,si pesca,si vendono succhi di frutta e si puo' praticare ogni tipo di attività fisica,sono rimasto sorpreso quanto i locali siano attenti alla forma,al tramonto la spiaggia si trasforma in una vera palestra dove i grassi europei come me fanno una magra figura..ehehe..

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