Quite simply, this changed the way I holidayed in the Gambia. I have been on previous occassions and followed my rep's advice or locals' suggestions.... but this brought me the freedom to explore so much more. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that you buy this book, whether you are going for a week's winter sun or a month cycling though central or eastern Gambia or doing community work for many months. The only negative is it's slightly out of date as the beaches around Kololi are now restored and several new restaruants, bars and hotels are now open! A wonderful guide to a fantastic country!