The Gambia is a small country in west Africa, named after the river Gambia which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the coastal capital city, Banjul. It is one of the poorest countries in the world but is a peaceful nation with a democratically elected President. English is the official language and is widely spoken alongside a number of tribal languages. The climate is tropical, with the hot and rainy season usually lasting from June until November.

The country is a popular tourist destination, with most visitors staying on the coast and few venturing inland to experience the vibrant culture of the true Gambia. It is easy to see why The Gambia has been described as the smiling coast of Africa when you experience the friendly welcome of its people.

Soma is a bustling market town located on the trans-Gambia highway, a 3-4 hour drive from Banjul. Kaira Konko Lodge and Scout Centre is on the left as you arrive in town, you can’t miss it!