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With its scenic surroundings and laid-back culture, there’s nothing quite like the experience of holidays to Bakau. The resort is in the West Coast Region of The Gambia, marking where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gambia River. With varied landscapes, you’ll come across coastal areas as well as picturesque suburbia. The coastline is fringed with gorgeous palm trees and gently shelving sands, while the beach area is filled with rocky terrain - ideal if you’re looking for a hiking holiday!
There’s a considerable history to discover in Bakau, with its Old Town proving particularly popular for tourists. Located around the Atlantic Road junction, there are a few areas to visit and the usual amenities to take advantage of - from banks, bars and restaurants to hotels. The biggest draw for holidaymakers is likely to be the unique Bakau market, where you’ll often encounter locally made arts and crafts as well as leather goods and even a fruit and vegetable stall.
Shopping fans or those seeking souvenirs will be well served on holidays in Bakau. The market is one of the focal points of the area and is a must, if only for its infectious atmosphere. Alongside every kind of local food imaginable, you’ll find clothing and shoes available to buy - although you may not want to! Alternatively, head to the craft market at Atlantic Boulevard for a plethora of excellent stalls. You’ll be able to watch the local craftsmen at work by the side of the road, under the shelter of the trees. Take advantage of the variety of things on offer, including African jewellery, wooden masks, batiks, tie-dye clothing and beads.
If you’d rather embrace the beauty of the great outdoors, why not experience a slice of paradise at Bakau’s botanical garden? Located on the Old Cape Road, this beautiful section of greenery is over 100 years old and is surprisingly often missed by tourists due to its understated exterior. Take a leisurely stroll through the meandering nature trail as you weave in and out of silk trees and lush greenery. If you’re eagle-eyed, you might even catch a glimpse of some of the birds that inhabit the gardens, including the strangely-named red-cheeked cordon bleu.
If you’re particularly keen on donning your hiking boots, holidays to Bakau are ideal. Alongside its varied landscapes and glorious views, there is a wealth of wildlife to uncover too. Visit the edge of the Old Town and you’ll discover the Kachikally crocodile pool, a must-see for holidaymakers. Shrouded in myth, it is said that this sacred pool was inhabited by crocodiles over 520 years ago, although now it serves as an excellent place to take the family! Its fresh waters are said to boast healing properties and even bestow good fortune, so it’s well worth taking a dip!
Alternatively, why not visit Cape Creek in Cape Point? Not only will you be treated to camera-worthy views, you’ll also find it a prime spot for birdwatching. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can get a snapshot of hooded vultures or eagle owls.