Best Time to Visit Gambia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Gambia. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Banjul. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Gambia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 15 °C to 34 °C
Waves Symbol 21 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 015.94 in (0 – 17 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

The smallest country on the African mainland is Gambia. It shares its name with the main river that divides the country along its horizontal axis. About 1.7 million people live on an area of 7000 square miles. This results in a population density of 152 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The country is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, so there are no other neighbouring countries. In the west of the country, the Atlantic Ocean is a natural border. Because of this rather small border area to the sea one cannot call Gambia an enclave, although the small state is called as such in many travel guides.

The capital Banjul is also located directly on the Atlantic coast. The City of Banjul is relatively small with around 32,000 inhabitants and is only the eighth largest town in the country. However, it is an important economic centre and is home to the International Airport, which connects Gambia with numerous cities around the world.

The seaport also plays an outstanding role for the Republic of West Africa and is the most important transhipment centre for the distinct peanut export industry.

Climate in Gambia

Cow on Kotu Beach (Leonora Enking)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in the Gambia is tropical and warm. In the course of the year there is both a pronounced dry season and a rainy phase. In spring, temperatures inland can reach 43 °C during the day. Temperatures on the coast rise to a maximum of 34 °C. From October to June the average temperatures vary between 31 °C to 34 °C.

Thus a quite constant temperature is to be registered at this travel time. During the summer the humidity increases and it often becomes unpleasantly humid. The official rainy season begins in Gambia in June. The intensity increases to around 15.94 in of precipitation per month by August and slowly levels off again by October. Very little rainfall of about 3.35 in is expected in October.

The dry season begins immediately afterwards and runs from December to April. During this time there is almost no precipitation and a cloudless sky and warm temperatures determine everyday life in the Gambia. This dry period is mainly caused by trade winds from the Sahara, the so-called Harmattan, which mainly transports dry and hot air to West Africa.

Best Time to Visit Gambia: Overview

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When to go to the Gambia?


The months October to June can be recommended by us without reservation as the best travel season in Gambia. As already described, this is the climatic dry season. At daytime temperatures of about 30 °C, it is particularly pleasant near the coast. Water temperatures of 21 °C to 25 °C create perfect conditions for a bathing holiday.

For a more solitary beach holiday, however, the months of October and November are suitable. The sea is still heated by the rainy season and the beaches are relatively empty. The rainy season, on the other hand, is less suitable for a trip. For Europeans, the high humidity is hard to bear. A journey through the country is now made very difficult by the heavy rainfall.

The partly unpaved roads are difficult to pass. You should therefore trust in the best travel time possible and travel to the beautiful Gambia during the dry season. Speaking of streets: Until 1965 left-hand traffic prevailed in the Gambia, but this was abolished.

Climate Chart Gambia

Banjul

Climate Chart Banjul
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Gambia

In the following, you will find the climate table for Gambia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Banjul (Gambia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°32°34°33°31°31°30°29°31°31°32°31°
Night Temperature15°16°17°18°20°23°23°23°23°22°19°16°
Water Temperature22°21°21°22°24°26°27°27°27°27°27°24°
Precipitation (inch)0.040.04000.162.4410.5115.9411.263.390.240
Rainy days000005151715500
Hours of Sunshine789877666787
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Banjul is 25.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: June (27.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (23.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Banjul is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 44.02 inch on 57 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 37.72 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Banjul.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 8.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


During the dry season from December to April, numerous migratory birds hibernate in the Gambia. This time is ideal for birdwatching. Here you can join professional guides (e.g. about “Birdwatching in the Gambia”) and learn more about the flora and fauna of the country. Safari tours are also coming slowly, and wildlife watching is still taking place mainly in the area of the big river Gambia.

Another attraction is the Bijilo Forest Park in Banjul. Bakau is only a few kilometres from the capital. The Katchikally Crocodile Pool should also be on every Gambia itinerary.

For most travellers, the main holiday destination in the Gambia is the beach. One of the absolute dream beaches of the country is Kotu Beach, a highlight for every traveller. Most holiday hotels with a good standard can also be found here. Our favorite beaches in Gambia are Cape Point, Jinack Island Beach, Sanyang Beach and Kartung.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Banjul
clear sky     clear sky, 19 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 7 mph NNW
Air Pressure: 1015 hPa       Humidity: 55 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 03:00 am
The next days …
21st Jan 201922nd Jan 201923rd Jan 201924th Jan 201925th Jan 201926th Jan 2019
sky is clear21 °C to 29 °Cfew clouds21 °C to 27 °Cscattered clouds21 °C to 27 °Clight rain19 °C to 28 °Clight rain17 °C to 27 °Csky is clear16 °C to 28 °C
21 °C to 29 °C21 °C to 27 °C21 °C to 27 °C19 °C to 28 °C17 °C to 27 °C16 °C to 28 °C
Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 12 %Clouds: 48 %Clouds: 72 %Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 19 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.04 in of rain0.02 in of rainNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Gambia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Gambia holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    Theodora, 67 years old was there in February

    I was there for the second time in 2017 and it was very nice and warm. Sun every day. Anytime again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Stefan , 48 years old was there in January

    I fly next week for the 3rd time to Gambia last year and before that also in January must honestly say I can only report good very pleasant warmth around 30 degrees only sun every day beach super nice always nice nice and helpful services

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Frank, 50 years old was there in March

    The warmth in Gambia was very pleasant. I can highly recommend the travel season March/April.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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