Sometimes just a simple walk down the beach of Atlantic ocean can bring unexpected and pleasant experiences. If you are located in the Senegambia area or you are visiting the Senegambia craft market, you are within walking distance from the beach. When walking down the small hill, you can find the protected area on your left side, Bijilo Forest Park, and Kololi Beach Club on your right.
Bijilo Forest Park (locally known as Monkey Park) is home to Red Colobus monkey and the callithrix monkey (also known as Green Velvet monkey). It is important to know that it is not a ZOO, where monkeys are kept in cages, waiting for visitors. It’s designed as a natural habitat for monkeys, so you can’t always spot them. Sometimes you can see many, sometimes you may be lucky to spot one. It is forbidden to feed them, because feeding makes them aggressive and stops them from foraging for food as they would normally do.
The long, sandy beach is a place for many people who enjoy walking, jogging and exercising at the beach. As wrestling is a popular sport here, you might see a group of men training for the wrestling competition.There are also many fruit and juice sellers that offer really delicious, fresh, tropical fruits juices! You should try it when visiting The Gambia!.
Many birds can be spotted, when walking along the beach, but also expect to see some dead fish, jellyfish, cuttle-bones, shells and other natural sea decorations on the sand.
The beach is approx. 30 km long with palm trees rising alongside. In the time of the low season, you will feel like you have the beach all to yourself.
Welcome to the Smiling Coast of Africa!