The best time to visit this part of the world is winter, when air humidity drops and temperatures become very bearable. The town of Banjul contains traces of architectural styles dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, brought in by African migrants, Christian settlers, and European merchants from Britain, France, and Portugal. The outlying settlements of Bakau, Koto, Kololi, and Fajara are where tourist infrastructure has been developed to accommodate international visitors (this includes some rather refined eateries, top-notch accommodation and bars/clubs, in pleasant contrast to Banjul itself, where nightlife and evening entertainment are virtually non-existent). Apart from the characteristic street life, Gambia is a country of rare natural beauty, where travelers will get the chance to come in close contact with indigenous flora and fauna. There are several locations to explore in the immediate surroundings of Banjul, but true discovery awaits at slightly longer distances – the River Gambia National Park, for example, just under 300km east into the country.