BANJUL

Gambia

Info Banjul


introduction

Banjul is the capital of the Gambia and is in a division of the same name. The population of the city proper is only 34,828.

Banjul is on St Mary's Island (Banjul Island), where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. The island is connected to the mainland to the west and the rest of Greater Banjul Area via bridges. There are also ferries linking Banjul to the mainland at the other side of the river.

POPULATION : City: 34,828  /  Metro:  357,238
FOUNDED :  1816
TIME ZONE : GMT (UTC+0) 
LANGUAGE : English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars
RELIGION : Muslim 90%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 2%
AREA : 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 0 m (0 ft)
COORDINATES : 13°27′11″N 16°34′39″W
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.47% 
 Female: 50.53%
ETHNIC : African 99% (Mandinka 42%, Fula 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%, other 4%), non-African 1%
AREA CODE : 42
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +220 42
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Tourism

Banjul is the second largest city in and capital of Gambia. The city is on an island, which has constrained its size - population is only 40,000. Consequently much of the population now is based on the mainland between the airport and the city. The main tourist and business centres are around Bakau, Fajara, Kotu and Serrekunda.

Banjul has become very popular as a package holiday destination with British and other European visitors. Travel company 'The Gambia Experience' has been the market leader, but other operators are increasing their offerings too.

Attractions in the city include the Gambian National Museum, the Albert Market, Banjul State House, Banjul Court House, African Heritage Museum, two cathedrals and several major mosques.

Banjul is the destination of the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge, a charity road rally.


Climate

Banjul has a very warm climate year round.

Banjul features a tropical wet and dry climate.

The city features a lengthy dry season, spanning from November to June and a relatively short wet season covering the remaining four months. However, during those four months, Banjul tends to see heavy precipitation.

August is usually the rainiest month, with on average 500 mm of precipitation falling. Temperatures are somewhat constant, though it tends to be slightly cooler during the wet season than the dry season.

According to a Gambian government minister, Banjul is at risk of submerging under water by a metre rise in sea levels as a result of climate change and global warming.


Economy

The city is home to a shipbuilding industry, brewing industry and sawmills. The city exports raw materials such as wood, rubber and cocoa from the city's main port, and the deepwater port at Owendo.

Gabon Airlines has its headquarters in Libreville.Prior to their dissolutions, both Air Gabon and Gabon Express were headquartered on the grounds of Libreville International Airport.

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