Point resort, in Gambia, forms part of the
epicentre of the country's tourism scene. On the beach and away from the coastal highway are the
Kombo Beach and
Bungalow Beach which are situated in Kotu Strand and
Palm Beach by the
Stream (Creek) where you have to cross over the small Lower
Bridge. Just before you get to the bridge is the Tourist Guide's green
shed on the left hand side.
There is another hidden route cut by
foot from Fajara
which straddles the right side of the
and down onto the sand. This location is very popular with young
Gambians who come on mass in the early evenings or at weekends for
picnics & football matches.
The area is part of the
Kanifing Municipality in the
Kombo which in Mandingo is pronounced
"Kom bo" (meaning "the hatred has lifted") harking to the safe
haven that they found after their 14th - 15th century trek west into
Much of the area around the stream
(catchment area 65 km²) is
yet to be developed and is an ideal opportunity to do a spot of
or nature gazing. It is sometimes prone to flooding particularly
during the rainy season because the alteration of the hydrographic
network and local topography, in particular, were reported back in
1996 as the main causes of flooding. It is used occasionally by the local cattle herders
for grazing & by local farmers who regularly plough their
rice fields. However, there are not many good trails and
it is perhaps better just to stay with the main access roads though
there is a dirt trail that leads toward Kololi that is free from traffic.
The Kotu beach area is of a good size fringed by palm
trees and the sand is of good quality however, the water is not crystal
clear but a little sandy as you might find in other tropical resort destinations
however, the area around Palm Beach does have small lagoons.
Previously the beach had been retreating at a rate of 1 meter to 2
meters annually for the past twenty years as observed from the aerial
photos taken between 1964-1982. In the early part of this century a
scheme was executed which replaced much of the sand previously lost
over the decades. Water
ranges from flat calm to choppy with some delightful little waves
lapping towards the shore. It's shallow enough to get a reasonable
distance out from the beach (about 30 metres), but then shelves
steeply so do be careful. There are waves breaking 200-300m off shore.
You will find a lot chaotic waves sometimes building
fast and a nice flat shore break to surf.
fruit vendors spread out along the beach front who are closely
regulated by the local tourism authority and are under strict
instructions not to hassle tourists though this doesn't stop them
beckoning tourists for their custom.
Immediately by the local hotel resorts are several
bars, night clubs and
such as the Boss Lady (serving Chicken Domodah, Wollof Rice - open 3pm
to 11pm), Domino's (open 24 hours during the on-season), Blue Parrot,
Paradise Beach Bar, Captain's Table, and Tiger Tiger on the main access road.
little further up towards Fajara is Elite's
Club (tel: 446 4560 - a
deluxe restaurant and night club located right on the
sands with ocean views).
Kotu Bendula Craft
Market: (BB market)
The market is set in a circular shape and lies on the
entrance to the Kotu Strand beach and next to
Kombo Beach Hotel. It
was created in 1975 and you will find all manner of tourist trinkets
and souvenirs being sold such as local African drums, ladies tie-dye
dresses, locally made jewellery, kaftans and more. On the left
hand-side of the market you will find a number of bars & restaurants
such as the Jewel of India. On the side facing the Atlantic Ocean
there are women at various fruit stalls selling mangos, bananas and
other tropical fruits. This is an opportunity for you to act like a
responsible tourist and buy some of the above goods locally as the market helps
to put your tourist money back into the local economy as opposed to
hotels and supermarkets where the most items are imported and
profits leave the country. Tel: 9915538
The locality is an ideal
with a varied ecology attracting many resident and migratory bird
species particularly around the mangroves, Rhun palms and creeks. A few
examples of local species are the Long-tailed Cormorant,
Double-spurred Francolins & the Whimbrel.
Bicycles can be rented just outside most of the
hotels in the Strand
offering you the opportunity to discover the back-country within the
vicinity of your place of stay.
Kotu Travel Information:
on vacation to Gambia you need to find cheaper
accommodation you may need to go a little further inland (about a 150m
) from the eastern side of the main coastal road. Taxis run from
Badala Park or
Palma Rima Junction to London Corner in