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Our exploration begins in Bakau, one of the oldest settlements in The Gambia, also regarded as the third largest town in The Gambia. Known for its fishing tradition and many skilled artisans who found their place at one of the friendliest craft markets, this town is well-visited by local and international travellers for various reasons, activities and attractions.
Kachikally is one of the most known places in The Gambia, but mainly by the touristic aspect of it. Many people visit it because of the unique experience of touching the real-life crocodile. Alongside more than 100 crocodiles living in Kachikally, you can also do the forest walk and learn from the exhibits in the ethnographic museum. But amongst the locals, Kachikally is known for its healing powers of water.
As an important strategic point of the country, it played a crucial role in history. The city lies on a peninsula, surrounded by river Gambia at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Its position makes it impossible for urban sprawl. It leaves Banjul solely as the administrative and economic centre of the country.
Besides the vivid combination of architecture, Banjul is also attractive because of the many points of interest. You would not want to miss visiting the Never Again Memorial Arch (The Arch 22), The Gambia National Museum, Albert Market with craft market, and stroll down the streets to see King Fahad Mosque, MacCarthy Square, main port, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, St Mary's Cathedral and more. On the city's outskirts lies another architectural beauty, The National Assembly of The Gambia.
This massive, 36m high gateway, built to celebrate the military coup of July 22nd 1994, grants excellent views of the city and its daily activities. It was built to remember the former president's Yahya Jammeh coup to take control from the then-president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara. The arch was recently renamed to Never Again Memorial Arch in honour of all the victims of gross human rights abuses and violations under former president Yahya Jammeh. The third-floor museum about the coup d’état now tells stories of the victims of the former regime. The bar and restaurant on the same floor are soon to open again, as well as the gift shop.
The National Museum has the most extensive collection of artefacts and documents documenting The Gambia's culture, nature, and history over the last 70 or more years.
Opened in 1985, The Gambia National Museum plays an important role in tourism promotion and education of visitors and residents about the heritage of The Gambia.
The wooden building, which is very rare to see in The Gambia, houses three floors with different collections. The basement level presents musical heritage and a vast array of instruments played throughout the country, tribes and historical periods. The ground floor concentrates on the capital city, Banjul, showcasing political and historical development as well as its cultural aspect of it. The top floor covers the natural history exhibit. It portrays historical periods from early-age excavations up to post-independence.
Wear comfortable shoes as the tour will include some walking. Don't forget about water, sun protection, mosquito repellent, and snacks if you get hungry fast.
This trip is suitable for kids older than 6 years.
The trip is easy. It will include some walking, but there will be no serious activity.
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.