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The Gambia

A small country with an important aviation history

date of entry 09/01/1991
mileage 60,479

capital Banjul

area 11.295 km²

population 1.713.267

GDP 653 M. US-Dollar

official language English

Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa and except for a short strip of coastline is completely surrounded by Senegal. On Otto’s tour Gambia was just the destination for a day trip while travelling through its big neighbour. For the former Lufthansa manager Gunther Holtorf, Gambia played an important role in the development of aviation. Before the Second World War the German airline operated its transatlantic airmail services from there to Brazil.
  • Hand-carved figures such as these are popular, especially among the around 25,000 tourists who come to Gambia every year
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  • In 1991 Otto travelled through Gambia on his journey through neighbouring Senegal
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  • Along the way there were opportunities to impress the locals with a few off-road tricks
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  • Video: Gambia – tourist country of historical importance

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date of entry 09 January 1991
mileage 60,574