Day 5 - Banjul city tour
10.02.2009 - 10.02.2009 32 °C
After a long but interesting day yesterday we were happy that today would be more relaxed. Mohammed who would be our guide today picked us up at 9am for our tour of Banjul. There would just be the three of us on this trip.
Banjul is the capital of Gambia and has a population of less than 50,000. It's not the kind of city that we are used to so it was interesting to see what this city would be like. It is very undeveloped and locals go there to do their everyday shopping or business.
First of all we visited the National Museum which exhibited many interesting artefacts from agricultural tools to the musical instruments used in villages. Mohammed told us that it was his first time there and was happy to be able to look around, so we took our time looking and reading about the exhibits.
Afterwards, Mohammed took us to Albert Market which is more organised than Serrekunda . We had a quick look around just to see what it is like and then moved on.
Finally we visited Arch 22 which is a free standing monument which was built to commemorate the coup of July 22, 1994. We went to the top which gave us unobstructed views of Banjul. From there you could see the Supreme court , the House of representatives and the mosque.
After taking pics, enjoying the views and looking at some exhibits inside the arch we headed back to the hotel , reaching there about 2.30pm
The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the beach