This page is dedicated to the Mother Continent. How else to describe the cradle of the human race? Africa is, in effect, the mother of us all. Let’s get this journey started!
Dreaming out loud — a pilgrimage of Africans
In the tradition of the Mandinka people of West Africa, the men gather under the shade of a large tree to discuss important matters. In the Gambia, that meeting place and that tradition came to be known as the Bantaba.
This will be our Bantaba. Here, where you’ll find posted items of interest, relevance or important to the Mother Continent as a whole. Comment, discussion and exchange of views — in a polite, respectful manner — are always encouraged.
Looking at Africa
CYCLING: Africa Gets Her Roll On, Part 1
CYCLING: Africa Gets Her Roll On, Part 2
AFRICA: The Delta Connection
Africa can’t wait
Africa versus Malaria, Part 3
Africa versus Malaria, Part 2
Africa versus Malaria, Part 1
JetBlue + South African Airways: More wings to Africa
Language: A message for your mind
AFRICA: Not a country, not a cliché
Delta does Africa
Legacy of war
Imaginary Journey, Part 3 — Conakry to Lagos
Imaginary Journey, Part 2 — Banjul to Conakry
Imaginary Journey, Part 1 — Dakar to Banjul
High-speed rail for West Africa? Why not!
An African super visa?
THE AFRICAN TRAVELER: Hassled twice?
AFRICA: One visa fits all?
The ultimate travel document
The Middle East & North Africa in Black
US-Africa Travel Seminar: Wrap-up
US-Africa Travel Seminar: AM Session
US-Africa Travel Seminar: Going live
The Gambia has some nice restaurants with traditional Gambian dishes, and some truly bangin’ nightlife. It also has a great stretch of beach, one of several that extend south of Banjul. Some seaside restaurants have troupes of drummers and dancers who perform at night on the beach, including a guy on stilts who dances in soft sand that’s a challenge just to walk on!
Along this highway are several good hotels, as well as short-term vacation apartments. Some of the hotels also offer that option. The Seaview Gardens Hotel in Kololi, where our group stayed, featured three one-bedroom apartments for the equivalent of US$75 a night. That’s a steal almost anywhere in the world.
Notice how smooth the road is. We learned to appreciate that smoothness whenever we traveled outside of Gambian territory!
WEST AFRICA: Losing a US connection
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: A new Gold Coast?
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: more on Xandi
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: Xandi
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: Freedom is a wooden pole
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: 1 + Gambia = 3
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: Images and impressions
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: My name is Yaya Colley, Part 3
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: My name is Yaya Colley, Part 2
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: My name is Yaya Colley, Part 1
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: Back in the USA
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: The death of James Island
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: There are no niggers here
WEST AFRICA JOURNAL: Stitches in Time
A “new” resort in the Gambia
OUT THERE: Lola Akinmade
WEST AFRICA — culture and cooperation
TRAVEL WARNING: Ivory Coast
AFRICA: New Reasons to Go
Intl Roots Festival: The Gambia says, “Come Home!”
NIGERIA: One BAD brother
OUT THERE: Khary & Selena Cuffe