The Gambia is a small country in West Africa, completely surrounded by Senegal and with a narrow coastal strip on the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia River, which flows through the country, is known for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. The country's history is marked by colonialism and slavery, which ended only in 1965. Today, The Gambia is a republic with a stable democracy. Typical for the country are its beaches, its music and culture as well as the tourism sector. Sights worth seeing include the capital Banjul, the Kiang West National Park and the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve.