La Sine Saloum Delta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its created where two rivers converge on the Atlantic Ocean, forming a region of great biodiversity with its estuarine environment, mangrove swamps and sand islands. Due to this ecological diversity, the delta is home to a wealth of fish as well as an amazing array of birdlife which includes flamingos, pelicans, herons and egrets. There’s nothing quite like spotting some of the area’s marvellous birds, whilst looking out for dolphins and local women harvesting oysters, as you gently float along the labyrinth of waterways in a traditional pirogue – a true gift from the delta. It's truly a place to unwind with a view that's is breath taking and magical to the soul. A great spot to do kayaking and alot more soul reviving activities.
Oysters, a popular delicacy in the Gambia, grow wild in the country’s delicate and scenic mangroves (located in places where seas and rivers mix). Mangroves are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on earth, but they are also in grave danger from development, deforestation, salt-panning, pollution and over-exploitation. In a mangrove forest, an oyster takes 6 months to grow, attaching itself to the mangrove root system.
Oyster harvesters in The Gambia gather the oysters from the mangrove roots using rudimentary tools. Often, these women cannot swim and therefore they their lives in small locally-crafted canoes in order to bring in a few dalasis a day for their families. Oyster beds are also sharp and dangerous; a risky place for a person without proper shoes or gloves. After carefully gathering the oysters, the women traditionally steam (or grill them), remove their shells, and then sell them at the market and to individuals, hotels and restaurants. The shells are often burned to white powder which is then locally use as white paint for painting houses.
One might want to know what is the best time of year to catch a sunset in the Gambia. Fortunately, sunsets happen the whole year round so no matter what time of year you go, you’ll be able to witness one.
If you’re looking for that beautiful, African red sunset, then you may want to visit between the wet and dry seasons as this tiny beautiful country lies on the equatorial region. During these seasons, the sky has enough cloud cover to create a stunning palette of colors and wispy swirls. This can make for a breathtaking sight.
The Gambia so small yet so beautiful is sorrounded by Senegal on all sides except on the Atlantic ocean. It offers a life changing experience and a true visual of what Africa has to offer in a sunset.
Situated in West Africa, and nicked name the smiling coast of Africa is the home of incredible birds and wildlife, it vast wilderness is second to none. The bright orange horizon, casts silhouettes of wildlife as the waves of heat blends with that of the coast melt the colours of the sky right before your eyes. It creates a deep resonance of heart that will get you to feel the serenity of nature that surrounds you.
Watching dolphins in the smiling coast is undoubtedly one of the most exciting wildlife experience. There're two common species of dolphin that are frequently sighted in the Gambia. They are the Atlantic hump backed dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin.
These species are mostlyseen off the coast, particularly in the Island of Jinack and the Niumi National Park. The bottlenose dolphin is also known to swim as far as the Lower River Region and are often seen at East of the wetland of Tanbi. They are as well known to enter tributary in Kiang West National Park and Niumi, the North Bank region.
Both species of the dolphins found in the Gambia can sometimes be sighted a top the deck of the Banjul Barry ferry during crossing.
Tourism that is eco-friendly and entails people touring virgin and delicate places that are normally secured is called Ecotourism. This type of tourism is aimed at being on small scale as well as creating low environmental impact.
The accommodations for the tourists are established in a way that they fit-in well with the natural world, with the food being domestically acquired and the garbage normally handled on the site. The visitors pay high costs because the tourist numbers allowed on such facilities is low to reduce on any environmental disturbances.
Sustainability is the core perception of ecotourism in order to allow the next generations to enjoy the unique beautiful sights that have been rather unaffected by human beings.
As a sector/industry, Ecotourism is rapidly growing into a significant sector for various countries that are developing by being a source of foreign income as well as conserving part of the delicate environment simultaneously. This concept could be accomplished if a number of countries conserve their tropical forests considering the fact that eco-tourists spend money to come view the natural attractions of the country and not the ruins made as a result of misusing natural resources.
Termite mounds are primarily composed of termite saliva, feces and clay. Termites carefully construct mounds that are composed of a series of tunnels for air flow and also traveling when they are foraging for food.
The walls are very porous, hence facilitating air flow.
A single termite can barely be bigger than the moon of a fingernail, its semi-transparent exoskeleton as vulnerable to sunlight as to being crushed by a child in flip-flops. But in groups of a million or two, termites are formidable architects, building mounds that can reach 17 feet (5 meters) and higher. The 33 pounds (15 kilograms) or so of termites in a typical mound will, in an average year, move a fourth of a metric ton (about 550 pounds) of soil and several tons of water. Termites can be found in most part of the world except on Antarctica.
More peaceful and more tolerant.
It helps promote tolerance between people as they learn and better understand each other’s cultures.
Tourism can help protect and finance the preservation of historic and cultural sites, and even prompt the creation of new community initiatives.
Preserving the wildlife we love.
Tourism can help protect and revitalise wildlife through preservation programmes against illegal poaching and creates conservation jobs.
Fuelling the adoption of sustainable tech.
Tourism helps accelerate the integration of innovative technologies, which can facilitate your everyday activities while enhancing sustainability and creating more touchless experiences.