Georgetown – 2 days trip into the traditional African life.
The tour begin at 07.30 int he morning from the hotels to Banjul, where we ferry to the North Bank town of Barra. From there we drive for 100 km to the main commercial town of FARAFENNI, which links many towns and villages in the Gambia and Senegal. The town is busy and colorful especially on “LUMO” Market days, and another 45 minutes’ drive will take you to WASSU village where the mysterious stone circles are located. The stones are believed to be burial grounds for past kings and their belongings. The 11 circles of stones are considered as sacred places and serve as tourist attraction site.
Another 25 minutes drive will take you to the old historical and trading post KAUR from the British during colonial times. Here we leave the vans and will board on a double decked west African boat for another 4 hours river cruise. On our way we will stop at BABOON ISLAND to visit the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. While we have a good opportunity to spot hippo’s and crocodiles in the wild. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.
We will end the day in GEORGETOWN. Locally called Jangjang Bureh it is an island founded in 1823 when the king of Naini, Kolli Camara ceded the island to Britain. It is the headquarters of Central River Region with about 3600 inhabitants. Your overnight stay will be in typically African round houses in Jangjang Bureh Camp. The camp has no electricity and only local round huts with beds and solar fans. And where you will be entertained by the local Mandinka traditional group with music, dance, drumming and feel the taste of Gambian tradition. What better way to end a beautiful day.
On the second day, we depart at 08.00 in the morning after a breakfast on the river side restaurant. From there we visit the many historical places. Like the old slave trading post, the colonial governor’s office, the slave market and remains of colonialist era. After this city tour on foot, we join the vans to cross over the Sulayman Junkung Jammeh Bridge to drive through the South Bank Region of the Gambia.
On our way back we will stop at Bintang Bolong village for lunch and our final drive back to the hotels. This trip is a must do if you want to experience the diverse culture, tribes and history of The Smiling Coast.