The Kankurang Festival showcases the unique cultural expression of the Kankurang and other masking traditions of West Africa and takes place in January every year in Janjanbureh, The Gambia. The main purpose behind the festival is to attract more and more visitors who would like to experience an intangible authentic cultural heritage. Today, the festival has become an inherent part of the country's cultural calendar.
It is a Mandinka tradition and an integral part of the rite of passage of young boys. The Kankurang is a protective spirit and guarantor of order that shields the boys as they learn about cultural practices, social norms and the environment. The town of Janjanbureh is widely seen as the birthplace of the Kankurang, which was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2008.
With its unique cultural heritage, history and rich biodiversity, Janjanbureh offers excellent experiences for tourists. The Kankurang Festival is an important cornerstone for this destination while preserving its cultural heritage on the island.
The trip includes a visit to the following areas -
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The price for a three-day program includes transportation, accommodation (2 nights), breakfast (2), lunch (3), dinner (2), tips, entrance fees, boat trip, city tour, festival ticket, guidance, and community contributions.
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We are joining two beloved products in one – responsible community-based travel through The Ninki Nanka Trail and the cultural bonanza of the Kankurang Festival. Three days and two nights of feeling freedom, joy and togetherness through the celebration of mystical traditions is waiting for you!