It’s right here, a splinter of river and river bank surrounded on all sides by Senegal. The Gambia is a Mandinka island within a sea of Wolof, though that is a simplistic cultural breakdown of a place which has at least six distinct tribes. We will be traveling a counter-clockwise loop up and down the country (see red line on map below).
Our trip takes us east up the south bank, across the river at Farafenni, then further up to Sara Kunda, Tay’s old Peace Corps village. After three all-too-quick days there, we return to Kombo (Banjul, Bakau, and Serekunda) via the north bank road and Barra ferry.