How it began

Jolanda & Roy

In January 2004 Jolanda and Roy travelled to Gambia for the first time for a holiday and that was when they met Ablie Manka for the first time. Ablie, became their guide for the time they stayed in Gambia and showed them his country in an unique way. When they flew back home, they were impressed with both the country as Ablie. To them it felt as they left a friend. In that time they already travelled a lot and saw a great part of the world and met some amazing people, but their meeting with Ablie was one of the most memorable ones. His way of showing the country, explain about traditions and nature and his very kind and honest way how he treats people from different cultures, touched them. It didn’t take long for them to travel back and again Ablie showed Gambia and this time also a part of Senegal.

They made this website for Ablie so that they could support him in having a way to earn money in an honest way to support his family.

Marillion, Yolanda and Annemieke

In October 2017 we travelled to the Gambia for the first time. Up front our holiday we made an appointment via this website with Ablie. During our holiday we did several safaris with Ablie and he showed us a lot of his country.

We really had an amazing time in the Gambia. We loved almost everything of this country. Except the coffee, because the coffee there is not that tasty. The joke during the rest of our holiday was that we would start a little coffee bar in the Gambia. After two and a half week we had to go back to Holland, but we could not forget about the country and the people. We actually were getting homesick to the Gambia. It is not without reason that they call this country the Smiling Coast of Africa.

Our idea to start a business in the Gambia was getting more and more serious. What started as a joke, became a real plan. We wanted to go back, so we decided to ask advice to Jolanda & Roy by who we booked our first safaris. It appeared that they wanted to sell this website and that is why we proudly announce that as from July 2018 we are the owners of this website.

We can recommend Ablie as a guide for anyone who is in need of a fun, sweet, kind, honest and wise guide in Gambia. You will get to know the country in an unique way, far from mass tourism. We hope that the ones who will go on safari with Ablie will have just an amazing time with him as we did and to experience a holiday that you will remember for the rest of your life.


Marillion, Yolanda and Annemieke