It's 8:00 A.M. local time and the weather is good with temperature 24C, no wind, and some broken clouds. We continue on the tour with a 2 hour flight from Tambacounda, Senegal (GOTT) to Banjul, The Gambia (GBYD).
We head out into the warm air on runway 06. We'll get turned around and head to the SouthWest staying below 3000 ft for the entire flight.
Eventually we come upon the North Bank Road. It seems there is only one major road in The Gambia and it encircles the Gambia River with a North Bank and South Bank component.
The river eventually widens. We could follow the water all the way to the ocean, but we can save some time by crossing to the South Bank Road and following that to Banjul instead. Along the way we'll pass over the Kiang West National Park.
Nearing Banjul, the South Bank Road meets back with the river and now we can just follow the river's edge toward the ocean. The Gambia has a border which closely follows the Gambia river. This area is rich in agriculture thanks to the river.
Closer to Banjul we see signs of nearing the ocean as waterways and tributaries of the Gambia river dominate the landscape.
Wind is calm here on the coast and we're given straight in for runway 32 at Banjul International. The city of Banjul sits out on Banjul Island some ways North of the airport. Although Banjul is the capital of The Gambia, it is a fairly small city of some 35,000. The much more populated urban area of Serrekunda sits between the airport and the capital. We'll make our stay in that area for the day.
Now just to put the 152 down and find a parking spot before heading off along the Brikama highway into Serrekunda and Banjul.
Welcome to Gambia and thanks for viewing.