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To learn about the wildlife of The Gambia visit [1] for information on newly published (2009) photo-based field guides, including general fauna and flora, butterflies, spiders and other arachnids.

How come the "sleep" section only refers to high-priced luxury hostels? It seems that low-priced bed&breakfeasts are quite common in Gambia...

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Gambia is absolutely tiny - no more than 30 miles wide in any part. It is though perhaps the least OtBP of all the West and Central African countries (thank the British package holiday industry!). As well as the obvious package deals, travellers and the ecologically-inclined take advantage of the very cheap charter flights (from Britain at least) for more adventurous exploits. But even given all that, I do not think the country needs travel regions. At the moment we follow the administrative split into 6 regions, but having been from one end of Gambia to the other, I can say that is not at all necessary. --Burmesedays 05:41, 27 January 2010 (EST)

I was looking at this earlier and was thinking there may be at least 2 regions...th coastal area where the Gambia River is wide and an upriver area. So there's really no difference?AHeneen 06:15, 27 January 2010 (EST)
It is small. The upriver areas do have some more wild stuff. But the major National Parks are actually in the western half, sort of middle river. The bucket-and-spade resorts are obviously all in the coastal bits. So you could at a pinch do a divide based on that, perhaps even into 3. I am though ever more wary of dividing these very small countries. --Burmesedays 06:25, 27 January 2010 (EST)
We only have 3 articles now, so subdividing it further doesnt seem to make any sense. And it is a small country. I wouldn't call it OTBP though, I see package deals to Gambia all over at the local travel agency here :) --globe-trotter 16:24, 27 January 2010 (EST)
I said it was the least OtBP of all the West and Central African countries! And my proposal is not to sub-divide further but to have no regions at all. Least is the key word :). --Burmesedays 03:18, 28 January 2010 (EST)
It surprises me that Gambia is so popular for Brits. Is it really the most visited nation in the region? I would have thought Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria would be the major destinations (Nigeria not being for tourists, though). ChubbyWimbus 02:21, 28 January 2010 (EST)
It would certainly not be the most visited country in the region. Nothing like, as it is absolutely tiny. --Burmesedays 03:18, 28 January 2010 (EST)
I was fully on board with having no regions... until I saw that the Western Gambia article is somewhat developed already. If for no reason than that it will make my content organization job easier, I'm now tempted to go with AHeneen's basic idea. That is: Western Gambia or perhaps Coastal Gambia and Upriver Gambia. The latter would be spare, but that's OK—while we don't have any content for it yet, there is potentially enough to fill a region article. --Peter Talk 22:52, 21 February 2010 (EST)
It will not do any harm to organise in that way. On the other hand, it is also not necessary in my experience. I would not object either way really. Nobody visits the upriver bits on anything more than an organised day cruise, bar a very few intrepid souls wanting to get into interesting parts of Senegal, and the keen wildlife observers (obsessive birdwatchers mainly I seem to remember). --Burmesedays 09:38, 22 February 2010 (EST)

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