240 pages, 16 with colour photos and 30 maps. Small in size but rich in African character, The Gambia and its resort-dotted coastline offer perhaps the closest English-speaking ´winter sun´ destination from Europe. The interior, dominated by the lush jungle-fringed Gambia River, is home to plentiful birds and monkeys, time-warped traditional villages and mysterious megalithic sites. Bradt´s The Gambia reveals all the background and practical information needed to explore arguably Africa´s most welcoming and safest country, alongside detailed coverage of the many new eco lodges and informed advice on the country´s birdwatching possibilities. The Gambia is a perfect destination for first-time visitors to the continent and remains popular with European visitors - regularly attracting over 100,000 arrivals a year.