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A hotel in Banjul is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Banjul hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Banjul are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Banjul hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Banjul hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Banjul have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Banjul
An upscale full service hotel facility in Banjul that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Banjul hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Banjul are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Banjul boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Banjul may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Banjul is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Banjul bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Banjul B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Banjul
Banjul hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Banjul hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Banjul hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Banjul lack an on-site restaurant.

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Banjul timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Banjul often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Banjul on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Banjul motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Banjul for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Banjul motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Not to be confused with Bangui.
King Fahd Mosque and surroundings
King Fahd Mosque and surroundings
Banjul is located in The Gambia
Location of Banjul in the Gambia
Coordinates:  / 13.45306; -16.57750  / 13.45306; -16.57750
Country The Gambia
Division Banjul
Founded 1816
• Mayor Abdoulie Bah
• City 12 km (5 sq mi)
• Urban 93 km (36 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2013 census)
• City 34,828
• Density 2,900/km (7,500/sq mi)
• Urban 357,238
• Urban density 3,800/km (9,900/sq mi)

Banjul, officially the City of Banjul and formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. The population of the city proper is 34,828, with the Greater Banjul Area, which includes the City of Banjul and the Kanifing Municipal Council, at a population of 357,238 (2003 census). 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.

Banjul: Toponymy

Banjul takes its name from the Mandé people who gathered specific fibres on the island, which were used in the manufacture of ropes. Bang julo is the Mandinka (Mande) word for rope fibre. The mispronunciation led to the word Banjul.

Banjul: History

View of Banjul from NASA

In 1651 Banjul was leased by The Duke of Courland and Semigallia (German: Herzog von Kurland und Semgallen) from the King of Kombo, as part of the Couronian colonization.

In 1816, the British founded Banjul as a trading post and base for suppressing the slave trade. The British renamed Banjul Island as St. Mary's Island and first named Bathurst after The 3rd Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at the time. The name was changed to Banjul in 1973.

Arch 22 at the entrance to Banjul

On 22 July 1994, Banjul was the scene of a bloodless military coup d'état in which President Dawda Jawara was overthrown and replaced by Yahya Jammeh. To commemorate this event, Arch 22 was built as an entrance portal to the capital. The gate is 35 metres tall and stands at the centre of an open square. It houses a textile museum.

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.

Banjul: Economy

Banjul is the country's economic and administrative centre and includes the Central Bank of the Gambia. Peanut processing is the country's principal industry, but beeswax, palm wood, palm oil, and skins and hides are also shipped from the port of Banjul.

Banjul is also the home of the Gambia Technical Training Institute. GTTI is currently engaged in a partnership with non-profit organization Power Up Gambia to develop a solar energy training program.

Banjul: Climate

Banjul has a very warm climate year round. Under the Köppen climate classification, 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.

Climate data for Banjul
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.2
Average high °C (°F) 31.7
Average low °C (°F) 15.7
Record low °C (°F) 7.2
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.5
Average rainy days 0 0 0 0 0 5 14 19 16 6 0 0 60
Average relative humidity (%) 47 47 50 58 67 73 81 85 84 80 69 55 67
Mean monthly sunshine hours 207.7 237.3 266.6 252.0 229.4 201.0 182.9 189.1 183.0 217.0 246.0 210.8 2,622.8
Mean daily sunshine hours 6.7 8.4 8.6 8.4 7.4 6.7 5.9 6.1 6.1 7.0 8.2 6.8 7.2
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization
Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (extremes, humidity, and sun)

Banjul: Transport

Banjul ferry
Albert Market
A street in Banjul

As of May 2014, ferries sail regularly from Banjul across the River Gambia to Barra. The city is served by the Banjul International Airport. Banjul is on the Trans–West African Coastal Highway connecting it to Dakar and Bissau, and will eventually provide a paved highway link to 11 other nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Banjul: Districts

Districts of Banjul

Banjul Division (Greater Banjul Area) is divided into two districts:

  • Banjul
  • Kanifing

Banjul: Education

International schools:

  • Banjul American Embassy School
  • École Française de Banjul in Bakau.
  • Marina International School

Banjul: See also

  • Divisions of the Gambia
  • Districts of the Gambia

Banjul: References

  1. "Gambia Regions". Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  2. Historical Dictionary of The Gambia - Arnold Hughes, David Perfect - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  3. "History of Banjul". Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  4. "Banjul Gambia | Travel information". 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  5. "Gambia, The". 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  6. Gambia: Banjul Risks Sinking As Sea Level Rises, Africa:, 2012, retrieved 11 October 2012
  7. "World Weather Information Service – Banjul". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  8. "Klimatafel von Banjul-Yundum (Flugh.) / Gambia" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  9. Virtual Tourist, The Gambia Transportation,
  10. "École française de Banjul Bakau, Gambie" (Archive). Agency for French Teaching Abroad. Retrieved on April 27, 2015. "Adresse Atlantic road - Fajara, P.O. Box 4682, Bakau Ville: Bakau Pays: Gambie"
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