Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland but that doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of things to see or do; starting with the unmissable Gambia river, which flows through the whole country, offering mangrove and fresh water swamps, islands created by river braiding and salt flats for a wide variety of bird and insect life, until it empties into the Atlantic. Take a river cruise to enjoy it to the full. Explore the small fishing villages and nature reserves, such as Abuko Nature Reserve, the Tanji River Bird Reserve, and Kachikally Crocodile Pool. For something rather more serious, you can visit the War Memorial and the Slavery Museum. In Banjul, shop till you drop at Albert Market, visit the National Museum, and, for a complete change, visit the Old Town, with its old colonial buildings and clapboard houses. After such a busy time, why not rest and relax on one of the glorious beaches?