Your Guide to Bijilo

23rd September 2020
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The Bijilo resort and Bijilo village are in the West Coast Region of the Kombo North St. Mary District of The Gambia. This picturesque village is around 23km southwest of the capital of Banjul. The old village and its new residential areas are about 2 km south of Kololi and the Senegambia Strip area. 

Why Invest In Bijilo?

The village of Bijilo can be considered almost a hidden gem for anyone looking to invest, visit and settle in Africa. The tourism industry continues to grow at a steady rate and Bijilo is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Being located in and around the capital increases the appeal of a property in Bijilo. Therefore, it is easily accessible from other areas of the world, and if a direct flight is not available, commuters can take short connecting flights. The Gambia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and is known for the friendly culture, this is just one of the reasons why many people choose to reside in The Gambia.


The Gambia is renowned for having two very different seasons. Dry and rainy seasons are common in a few countries, including The Gambia. Despite the warm temperatures, a wet season hits this part of Africa from June to October. During these five months, Gambians tend to experience a mixture of sunshine and showers as well as varying humidity levels. August typically sees in and around 500 mm of rain. In most cases, rainfall happens during the night, so you’re still able to get out and enjoy the warm weather throughout the day. 

Even when the showers hit, they are generally short-lived. So, even if you do get caught out in the rain, you know that it shouldn’t be too long before the sun is shining once again. Because the land is fairly dry, any water is immediately soaked up, resulting in lush, green land that is able to play home to an assortment of wildlife.

It’s because of this that this time of year is also referred to as The Green Season. Having been starved for so long, the plant life in The Gambia bursts into life as soon as the rains start to fall.

Things To Do in Bijilo?

There are a range of things to do in Bijilo and The Gambia as a whole. The country is known for its wildlife and fantastic scenery. There are a huge range of animals including birds, hippos, crocodiles and more. Therefore some of the best things to do in Bijilo relate to the fascinating wildlife.

Bijilo Monkey Park Gambia is a forest park around 4.5 km long. The park has a diverse range of invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. There are troops of green monkeys, Temminck’s red colobus, Campbell’s mona monkey and patas. There are troops of monkeys that reside there and the park staff still regularly sell visitors peanuts to feed to them.

Check out the stunning coastline. The strip of beach in Bijilo is one of the quietest on the west Gambia coastline. You can relax for hours, when the waters are calm they’re great for taking a refreshing dip under the toasty African sunshine.

Exciting off-shore fishing trips are also a brilliant way to take in the African coastline. Baba Bijilo Sport Fishing, a few minutes north of the village, can set you up with some exciting trips offshore where there are plenty more fish to catch. 

The restaurants and bars in Bijilo are a reminder that when it comes to great food, it is quality over quantity. Many of Gambia ‘s finest seafood dishes are served up in the village’s handful of dining places, including delicious fish balls and spicy yassa that go down nicely with a refreshing wonjo juice. There are four main traditional Gambian dishes which can be made with fish, meat or chicken: Benachin - Rice cooked with meat or fish and vegetables and tomatoes. Domoda - Meat stewed in peanut puree and served with rice. Superkanja - A mix of okra, fish or meat, palm oil, onions and pepper boiled together.

So, what next?

When it comes to The Gambia real estate market, Blue Ocean Properties know it well. There are many reasons why you could buy a property and many why you could rent. Depending on your circumstances, we will be happy to guide you in the right direction giving you advice on what will work best for you. If you are interested in any properties on our website or if you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Telephone: (+220) 3972583


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