We leave the Kololi area in the early morning hours. The first sunbeams should meet you on the kayak on Tanji Creek.
Your adventure begins at Gambia Kayaking base in Tanji Fishing Village.
Even if you are not a birdwatcher, enthusiastic nature and animal lover, or have never kayaked before, we promise you will enjoy this trip. Experience Gambia's unique nature coming alive as the sun rises over the tranquil mangroves.
Enjoy a peaceful breakfast on the lonely island and dip your feet into the healing muddy water while reconnecting with nature.
Your journey will be accompanied by the sounds of the birds residing in the waters. You will not miss seeing The Great Egret, African Darter, Pied Kingfisher and Cormorant. If you are lucky, you might even spot Blue-breasted or Malachite Kingfisher!
After a three to four hours trip on the creek, it is time to learn about the history and culture of The Gambia. The Tanji Village Museum is a natural history and ethnographic museum divided into different galleries which exhibit the authentic Gambia.
With accurate and detailed explanations and guidance, your knowledge and understanding of The Gambia will expand strongly. The museum has a unique reconstruction of the traditional village layout, where you can even try out the bed and traditional utensils.
After having lunch in the idyllic welcoming environment of the skill centre, you are in for a 2-hour cultural experience of djembe drumming or African dancing, both skills being of strong importance in The Gambian culture. Your dancing and drumming masters will introduce you to the world of expressing happiness.
A visit to Tanji would not be a proper visit without stopping at the colourful coastal fishing market. The village market is most frenetic in the morning and evening when the traditional fishing boats come to the shore with fresh catch. The market is usually bustling with the fishermen and the locals hauling the fresh catch in big buckets to make the sale.
We return to the starting point of the trip in the early evening hours.
Accommodation after the tour can be arranged for an additional cost.
You can adjust your trip as a private tour. With the group tour slight adjustments are possible.
The trip is easy to moderate. You will need some physical agility for the kayaking trip, but if you feel too tired, the kayaking team will help you reach your goal faster. You will also need some strength for the drumming/African dancing workshop as it is normally quite energetic.
We recommend bringing sun protection (headwear, long, lightweight clothes, sunglasses, sun cream) and mosquito repellents. Ensure you bring enough water (you can also buy it on the way) and some snacks if you get hungry quickly. We recommend comfortable sportswear and fast-drying clothes (you can also bring swimming suits) as you might get wet during the kayaking trip.
The trip is organised by the Insitute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG) in collaboration with Ninki Nanka Encounters (NNE).
ITTOG specialises in hands-on training mainly in the Travel and Tourism sectors with special emphasis on travel agency, tour operations, tour guiding, ground operations, events management, entrepreneurship/business skills development, responsible/sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, and general tourism business management.
NNE Foundation is a small, new Gambian charity and UK community interest company (CIC) working towards the responsible development of the Ninki Nanka Trail as a community-based tourist destination.
They work on projects with communities, tourism businesses and local government to develop experiences, products and community-based tourism designed to create inspiring, cultural interaction between travellers and local people and use tourism to create livelihood opportunities for host communities along The River Gambia.
We do believe it's time for another adventure. Don't spend all of your time in The Gambia in one place. Go out and explore! There are so many beautiful experiences waiting for you. Let us help you pick one - and take care of all the rest.