Go local

If you want to see what ordinary life in The Gambia is about, there are several options. Like visiting a school. Simply bring some pencils and books to give to the kids, and let yourself be guided around, chatting away with the children and teachers. Another option is a compound, the joined accommodations in which Gambians typically live. The people warmly welcome visitors to show them where they cook, wash and sleep. Just take some rice and oil to thank them for their hospitality.
If you are a foodie, a cooking class might be what you are looking for. Whether you choose benechin (fried rice with fish and vegetables), domoda (peanut butter sauce with chicken, fish or rice) or yassa (onion sauce, garlic and mustard with chicken and rice), first you’ll go to the market to shop for the ingredients before converting them into your favourite local dish.