The Gambia , officially the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and often called simply Gambia) is a country in West Africa mostly surrounded by Senegal with a short strip of its coastline bordered with the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa.
The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of the Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Population of Gambia is 1,882,450 at the 15 April 2013 Census (provisional). Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama. The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River.
The Gambia is less than 48.2 km (30.0 mi) wide at its widest point, with a total area of 11,295 km2 (4,361 sq mi). About 1,300 km2 (500 sq mi) (11.5%) of the Gambia's area is covered by water. It is the smallest country on the African mainland. In comparative terms, the Gambia has a total area slightly less than that of the island of Jamaica.
Senegal surrounds the Gambia on three sides, with 80 km (50 mi) of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean marking its western extremity.
These are my first airmail covers from Gambia. I expected registered mail with blue barcode label but because of the new rule the registration fee must be paid in cash. so the stamps even we affix more than required, still won't be considered. The cover sent on April 18, 2016 and received in my hands on My 03, 2016. Gambia Post is known as one of the quick replying postal service to cover collectors, but once my packet lost with 5 covers inside for postmarking.