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ABOUT Explore Galloya and Kubuneh

Galloya and Kubuneh are two villages located close to Makasutu, offering a visitor a welcoming experience of the local community and insights into the traditions of the people living there. Enjoy the street art of Galloya, join ladies in the women's gardens, learn about palm wine tapping, be amazed by graceful baobab trees, visit the oyster collection site and take notes on the salt production process. After lunch at magical Wunderland, embark on the boat to ride into the sunset on the creeks of The River Gambia and get carried away by the unique cultural performance.
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Itinerary

Arrival

  • The starting point is Senegambia.
  • Pick-up at your location can be arranged for an additional cost.
  • Accommodation before the tour start can be arranged for an additional cost.

See the trail route:

 

Galloya

Wide Open Walls, Community Garden

Galloya is the village where authentic architecture joins with abstract street art. 

Abstract graffitis were accomplished by well-known international artists, who were part of a project named Wide Open Walls to promote peace and respect. The intercultural project started in 2010, when one of the founders of Makasutu Nature Reserve, Lawrence Williams, joined forces with respected Gambian artist Njogou Touray to enlive the area. Artists from all around the world visited The Gambia and added their artistic contributions through their graffiti and paintings on the walls of the homes and communal buildings in the village. 

Meet the alkalo and take a donkey cart around the village to be inspired by the work of various artists as well as the intimate atmosphere of the village. 

Women of Galloya and Kubuneh are doing their daily work in the community gardens, where they grow popular vegetables, amongst which are okra, hot pepper, spring onion, eggplant, etc. Discover what the plants look like and try out your gardening skills while enjoying the cheerful energy of the ladies, who are also part of the Kanyelenga performance group. 

Kubuneh

Secret site, Palm Wine Tapping

We reach Kubuneh, where a magnificent baobab tree is present on the spiritual grounds of the ancestors. There are many Jola people living in the area, and their connection with nature is something sacred. They pay respect to the trees as this is a way of communication with their ancestors. Although most of the Jolas in The Gambia are now Muslims, they still retain some of the beliefs and practices of their animistic religion. 

Jolas are also very famous palm wine tappers. The skills of climbing a tree with the help of a rope made out of leaves and fibres of a palm are a sight to embrace. You can even try it on your own but make sure you don't climb too high!

Wunderland

Boat trip, Salt production, Oyster Collection, Bougarabou

It's time to take a ride to the riverside. We are welcomed at beautiful Wunderland lodge, offering a peaceful moment just next to the water. We enjoy lunch here and board a boat to explore mangrove-surrounded creeks. We stop at the oyster production site to learn about this traditional practice and make another stop at the salt production area to learn how salt is extracted from the muddy river grounds. 

The highlight of the trip is Bougarabou cultural entertainment, a tradition that is dying out. The traditional Jola drum is a set of four drums intended to be played by a single drummer. The deep bass drumming is accompanied by the women's clapping, singing and dancing, inviting you to join in.  

End of tour

  • The finishing point is at the pick-up location, Senegambia.
  • Accommodation after the tour can be arranged for an additional cost.
  • Drop-off at your location can be arranged for an additional cost.

RATES

Please note the minimum number of tour. Your departure is 100% guaranteed once the minimum number of travellers book the tour. Rates are per person and might vary depending on the availability, requests for changes and number of travellers. For more information, send an inquiry. You can also book a private and customized tour, where a minimum number of guests is not required. For an exact quotation for the number of travellers, please send an inquiry.

PRICES

Group tour - departures every week (*min. 4 travellers)
100€
Group tour - departures every week (*min. 10 travellers)
80€

inclusions

What is included

  • All means of transport and road taxes
  • Boat trip
  • Lunch
  • All entrance fees
  • All activities
  • Professional guide
  • Guide tips
  • Community contributions

What is excluded

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Costs of Pick-up and Drop-off at your selected location
  • Some meals and snacks
  • Personal items (souvenirs, drinks with meal, travel insurance, visa fees)
  • International flights to and from The Gambia
Private or Group Tour
You can attend this tour as a closed group or individual.
Customization Option
You can request minor changes to the tour.
Can start any day
Depending on availability, the tour can start in any day of the week.
Family Friendly
Tour is suitable for families with kids more than 6 years old.
1 day trip
This trip starts in the morning hours and ends in the evening hours.
Light activity
This trip requires light activity.
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FAQ

Can I adjust my trip?

You can adjust your trip as a private tour. With the group tour slight adjustments are possible. 

How demanding is the trip?

The trip is easy to moderate. The most activity expected from you is when you have to board a boat. It will include some walking, but there will be no serious activity. 

What should I bring with me?

We recommend bringing sun protection (headwear, long, lightweight clothes, sunglasses, sun cream) and mosquito repellents. Make sure you bring enough water (you can also buy it on the way) and some snacks if you get hungry quickly.  We recommend comfortable wear. 

Explore Kubuneh and Galloya with us

My Gambia enjoyed a journey through the hidden villages while interacting with the people living there sharing their traditions with us. We enjoyed the nature in a peaceful environment of Wunderland where we boarded a boat down the creek.
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OFFERED BY

ITTOG & NNE

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.

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