The Gambia's sleepy river capital, Banjul, and the surrounding area (the towns and beaches around the capital are sometimes collectively referred to as Kombo
) offer good food, beaches and great bird-watching, all of which can make it worth a stay of a couple of days. The area is the focus of the package-tour industry, so it offers plenty of accommodations and services (which will be particularly welcome if you've been spending time in less-developed parts of Africa).
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