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Kotu Beach Holidays

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Introduction

Boasting a delightfully energetic and welcoming atmosphere, Kotu Beach is the place to be if you want a top break in the Gambia. Often referred to as The Smiling Coast, Kotu is one of the Gambia's most prized possessions, owing largely to the phenomenal friendliness and warmth that the local people provide for holidaymakers from all over the world.
Its stunning beaches are a major draw, while its rich culture can keep you busy for the duration of your holiday. Whether you choose to browse the Kotu craft market to find some local handicrafts to take back home, or you'd prefer to save yourself for the safe and lively nightlife that the resort provides, Kotu Beach has all bases covered.
Boredom is definitely not a word that can be associated with any holiday on Kotu Beach. Sure, it's a little low key in comparison to some resorts you may have visited in the past, but that's what makes it so special. Kotu Beach is a real unique and stunningly beautiful West African gem and with great value holidays available to the resort, you can see what the fuss is all about in no time.

Places to Go

Lamin Creek
The Gambia is considered to be a real haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers, and with a well planned trip you can see as much as you like. Head to Lamin Creek, where you can canoe through the creeks while spotting birds and wildlife as you go, before embarking on a drive to the blissful Abuko Nature Reserve, where forest walks and observatories provide you with some simply stunning views and experiences that will remain in your memory forever.
Banjul
As the capital of The Gambia, Banjul is chock-a-block with experiences that will help you to understand and appreciate the local culture as much as possible. The hustle and bustle of the main market is a must-see, while the surrounding streets help to showcase the best of the Gambia's culture.
James Island
This UNESCO listed World Heritage Site can be found in the Lower Gambia River. Now known by its Gambian name, Kunta Kinteh, James Island is home to Fort James, which has various ruins to explore including a single cell which was used for particularly awkward captives. It's an important historical site, especially with regards to the West African slave trade, while the views are stunning too. Take the opportunity to capture the sights of the island before erosion makes it disappear forever.

Things to Do

Take a Trip Down River
Embark on a trip down the river, starting in Kololi. Along the way, you'll be able to spot some of the local wildlife basking in the sunshine or heading for the shade of the canopies and reeds. Species you will find include hippos, monkeys and crocs, so don't forget your camera for some hard-to-get snaps!
Dive in the Atlantic
Grab your flippers and scuba gear and head for the seas! Diving is a popular activity here, with many people using Kotu Beach and nearby Kololi as their diving base. Whether you're PADI qualified or you need a little help, there's bound to be the perfect opportunity for you to head underwater.
Tee Off on the Fairway
The local 18-hole Fajara golf course is available to play if you fancy a day on the green, while clubs, balls and caddies are available for hire so that you don't have to worry about supplying your own. Improve your handicap on this recent addition to the resort.

Top Holiday Resorts

Kotu Beach
An idyllic retreat for anyone who wants to enjoy the tranquillity and exotic shores that The Gambia has to offer. If your idea of paradise includes a stunning sandy beach, a friendly welcome and a relaxing atmosphere, Kotu Beach is the ultimate place for you.Kololi BeachIs just 2km away from Kotu, Kololi is another typical beach haven in The Gambia, surrounded by the mystifying Bijilo Forest Park. Golden sands seem to go on for miles, while the relaxing atmosphere is second to none, perfect for couples and families hoping to completely let go of the toils of everyday life.
Escape the hubbub of home with a superb Kotu Beach package holiday from Direct Holidays, providing you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy West Africa at its finest.

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