The capital city of Gambia is Banjul. The city is located within Banjul Island. It sits near the point at which Gambia River pours its waters into the Atlantic Ocean. Several bridges link Banjul to the mainland and there are ferries used for transport to and from the city. Banjul became the capital of Gambia in 1816.

The population of Banjul as of 2013 was 31,301 residents. However, the urban population of the city stood at 413,397 people. Consequently, the population densities of the city and urban population were 2,600 and 4,400 per square kilometers respectiviely. The urban area includes the city of Banjul and the municipal council of Kanifing.

Some of the major tourist attractions in Banjul are the beaches along the coastline and the stunning nature reserves. Lovers of birds are bound to be drawn to the area as there are close to 100 different species of birds that may be spotted on a single river cruise. Other beautiful places worth touring are the Abuko Nature Reserve, the Ma Cumba Jallow Street, Bijilo Forest Park, Brufut Beach, Sanyang Village and Beach, the National Museum of Gambia, and the Wassu Stone Circles.

Banjul’s climate is tropical, with dry and wet seasons. It enjoys warm temperatures throughout the year. Nevertheless, the temperatures are cooler during the rainy season. The city has a long dry season spanning from November to June. The wet season only covers four months with the wettest month being August. The average amount of rainfall experience in August is 500 mm.

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