The Cape Point resort, in Gambia, is located near the beach in front of
northern most edge called the Old Cape Road and is exactly where the
beach meets the mouth of the river. It was given the name Cabo
de Santa Maria by the Portuguese navigators who landed there in the
15th century. The name St. Mary was derived from Santa Maria and was
given to the island where the settlement of Bathurst (Banjul) was on.
As well as being a resort area it is also a quiet, exclusive residential
area which houses the foreign diplomatic community, politicians, wealthy businessmen, old
established families as well as the UN headquarters which is on the
northern most road called Kofi Annan Street. There is also 'Admiralty
House' which is the British High Commissioner's residence. Because of this factor
the locality is one of the safest places to live or go on holiday in
Gambia as there are professional security guards and watchmen at almost
every compound. Furthermore the electricity and water supplies are
more stable here and you are less likely to suffer from power outages.
On the side nearest the Atlantic there are a
number of hotels,
restaurants, bureau de change and a craft market in
front of the Cape Point Hotel.
The beach area is very wide now since sand that had been lost
due to years of coastal erosion was replenished in 2006. Except on Sundays,
when local families come down for relaxation and sport, it
is a relatively peaceful beach compared to its southerly neighbours of
Kololi and Kotu areas.
For birdlife you can visit the Cape Creek
which is on the Cape Saint Mary Road. It is a sanctuary with various
types of habitat such as mangrove swamp, brackish mud flats, tall
grasses, rhun palms & mature baobab trees. Birds that can be spotted
locally include the black
Kite, kingfishers, marsh harriers and ospreys.
Places to Visit:
Gardens & craft market.
Kachikally Crocodile Pool
African Heritage - Tel:
Chapman's - Tel: 4497653
Frank's Hungarian - Tel: 4497362
Calypso's Beach Bar &
Restaurant - Tel:4496292
Sand Plover - Tel:9900231
Fang Fang (Shanghai) Chinese