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A young local boy peers up at the camera surrounded by a dusty street in the charming village of Boboi in Gambia.

A young boy looks up straight to the camera, after playing with his friends on the sandy path of Boboi Beach village in Gambia, Africa. No other continent comes close to it for scale, variety and pure, raw impact. Africa offers a travel experience a hundreds of miles from the well-backpacked, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the cash-cow adventure parks of USA or Australia. But Gambia is easy to miss on a map of mighty Africa. This tiny sliver of land is a mere 50km wide and 500km long, and, with the exception of an 80km shoreline, it's entirely enveloped by the much more talked about and supposedly 'colourful' Senegal. But, since when has a 'real experience' been about following the crowd along their 'beaten track' ..Those that do make it to Gambia often come home with fantastic tales from the depths of the River Gambia or one of the countries superb national parks. From the first rays of sunlight, visitors will boast about the symphony of baboon barks, bird calls and the playful shrieks of the endless chimps but personally, I think the real 'heart of Gambia' lies in the country's vibrant culture and the incredibly warm and open locals. Yes of course there is the chance to laze and linger in anything from a luxurious beach resort to a deserted bay just outside a bustling fishing village but if you're in search of atmosphere and memories of thought provoking encounters, then forget where you come from for a minute and let the friendly youth of Gambia show you there lives, their homes and their hearts. ..Being a relatively poor Western African country, Gambia is not without its social & environmental issues. Political instability & corruption, poverty and severe littering are all common problems throughout the country but after an afternoon spent in one of the many dusty seaside villages, one learns that the Gambians are far prouder of their colourful identity and their passion for football, music and art and if you take the chance to open your eye

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A young boy looks up straight to the camera, after playing with his friends on the sandy path of Boboi Beach village in Gambia, Africa. No other continent comes close to it for scale, variety and pure, raw impact. Africa offers a travel experience a hundreds of miles from the well-backpacked, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the cash-cow adventure parks of USA or Australia. But Gambia is easy to miss on a map of mighty Africa. This tiny sliver of land is a mere 50km wide and 500km long, and, with the exception of an 80km shoreline, it's entirely enveloped by the much more talked about and supposedly 'colourful' Senegal. But, since when has a 'real experience' been about following the crowd along their 'beaten track' ..Those that do make it to Gambia often come home with fantastic tales from the depths of the River Gambia or one of the countries superb national parks. From the first rays of sunlight, visitors will boast about the symphony of baboon barks, bird calls and the playful shrieks of the endless chimps but personally, I think the real 'heart of Gambia' lies in the country's vibrant culture and the incredibly warm and open locals. Yes of course there is the chance to laze and linger in anything from a luxurious beach resort to a deserted bay just outside a bustling fishing village but if you're in search of atmosphere and memories of thought provoking encounters, then forget where you come from for a minute and let the friendly youth of Gambia show you there lives, their homes and their hearts. ..Being a relatively poor Western African country, Gambia is not without its social & environmental issues. Political instability & corruption, poverty and severe littering are all common problems throughout the country but after an afternoon spent in one of the many dusty seaside villages, one learns that the Gambians are far prouder of their colourful identity and their passion for football, music and art and if you take the chance to open your eye