SPEND A DAY AS A LOCAL IN BARRA VILLAGE
Full day trip
Test your flexibility and give yourself more time to walk through the village, talk to the locals, visit their homes and have some unforgettable moments with kids.
We leave the place of accommodation early in the morning.
The road to Barra includes crossing a river from the port of the capital city, Banjul. There are two options to cross the river, by ferry or by local boat. The crossing itself is already a special experience. You might be crossing along with some goats, rams, or even camels if you are lucky and of course a lot of people, cars, motorbikes and cargo.
When you arrive to Barra, you will visit a host’s family compound. They will immediately take you as one of their own. If schools are closed on the time of your arrival, you will visit some families in the village and get to know their everyday life. There is nothing better than to be a part of a family if you want to be included in local life.
The boys will prepare Attaya for you (the famous Gambian tea). You will be able to participate in preparation of the tea, chat with locals or observe women with their cooking skills in the open kitchen.
Traditional lunch will be served at the compound. There will be special meal for vegetarians and special one for meat lovers, both of course with smaller amount of spices.
After lunch a fresh desert will await for you. If coconuts are ripe then you will taste it freshly cut from the tree and have a chance to see local skills of climbing the coconut palm. It is amazing to watch how quickly young man can climb a palm tree that is approximately 20 meters high. If visiting out of the coconut season, fresh mango will be served to you. If you are lucky, you will taste both.
There is a historical spot to visit, Fort Bullen monument and museum. The tour guide will take you on a historical journey from the beginning of a European slave trade in Gambia, to its end.
Fort Bullen was built by the British in the early nineteenth century to thwart the efforts of some European slave traders. The village used to be the exit point of the slave trade. They brought them from the mainland to Barra and from here to Kunta Kinteh Island (St. James Island) and then to America and Europe. Fort Bullen stands as a lasting reminder of the British campaign to eradicate slavery in West Africa. In the early 1970s it was declared a National Monument, and in 2003, along the Six-Gun Battery in Banjul, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also a small museum to see.
Visiting Barra includes also visiting a village market. The daily market, which runs from the terminal to the main market hall in the town center, offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, shoes, clothes, ground nuts, kola nuts, household items, different kinds of food, rice, oil, spices, etc.
In Barra, there are many fishermen and many men, who make fishermen boats. Must do is passing by magnificent boats, that are handmade from the beginning to the end.
There is always an option to stay overnight and be a part of the nightlife as well. Please note there will be more mosquitoes and less electricity as well as tourist luxuries. Test your flexibility and give yourself more time to walk through the village, talk to the locals, visit their homes and have some unforgettable moments with kids.