Craft Market (Bakau)


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Craft Market (Bakau)

The small craft market of Bakau might not be enough for a separate trip, but is certainly worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. Expect to find sand art creations, wood carvings, statues, masks, and various traditional knick knack perfectly fit to become lasting souvenirs.


One rule to remember when shopping in Gambia is to be ruthless at haggling - in most cases, prices may be brought down by at least one-third of the original number. Neither Banjul nor its surroundings offer much of the western-style shopping some travelers may be expecting to find - there are little to none of glass display stores or shopping centres, with most shopping carried out at local markets or straight off hawker stalls. Items worth bringing back home include woodwork (masks, especially), fabrics, traditional jewelry and crafts, and even local treats and foodstuffs.