More than 50,000 Brits flock to The Gambia’s beaches each year. And for a minority, it offers far more than your average holiday escapism.
The chance to feel young again in the arms of a young Gambian can be too tempting to resist. But women should beware – more than two per cent of the population are living with HIV, compared to just 0.2 per cent in the UK.
And according to the Foreign Office, attacks on tourists are isolated – but increasing. So don’t take valuables or large sums of money to the beach or display them in public, and take particular care when visiting isolated beaches.
“Bumsters”, or young boys offering help and advice on beaches and in bars, should be politely but firmly refused.
The country is desperately poor but holidaymakers spending cash on organised trips, in bars and restaurants and on local crafts, will help generate wealth far better than risking long-distance and potentially dodgy relationships.