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ABOUT Jola Village Experience

This getaway in the Jola community is part of the Ninki Nanka Trail experience. It allows a deep insight into the daily life of the village not only by witnessing but also participating, engaging and tasting.
communities
responsible travel
tradition and culture
skills

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.

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Day One

The complete Jola Village Experience

In the morning hours, we set off on a 2 hours journey towards the country's interior. The pleasant route offers us many opportunities to observe the countryside. Local villages, thatched roofs and fences made of stakes or reeds near the mosque and, in some places, schools and authentic sub-savanna vegetation conjure up an image of authentic Africa. 

We arrive at Ndemban, the Jola village community, where you will be greeted by the hosts (the village guide), who will show you around the homestay and provide you with any necessary information.

The day will offer many activities where you will be able to experience the traditional lifestyle and learn about the culture. 

Upon arrival in the village, the first stop would typically be to visit the village chief. This is an important cultural tradition, as the chief is a respected leader in the community.

If interested in your future, you will be able to meet a village fortune-teller. 

A visit to the blacksmith in next. The blacksmith is a skilled artisan who creates a variety of items such as tools, weapons, and jewellery.

After visiting the blacksmith, you will return to the village riverside restaurant for a traditional meal and workshop of the traditional crafts of tie-dye fabric dyeing and soap making, which are commonly practised in the village of Ndemban.

Salt production in the village is done through traditional methods, which involve the evaporation of seawater to extract salt. You will have the opportunity to see the salt production process demonstration and learn about the traditional methods used to extract salt.

Oyster collection usually takes place in the estuary along the coast of the village, where oysters are found in abundance. You will 

have the opportunity to participate in the oyster collection as part of your homestay experience. You will learn about the traditional methods used to collect oysters and gain insight into the importance of oyster collection in the local economy.


In the evening, you will gather around a fire and listen to stories and songs played by the kora player.
The kora is a traditional stringed instrument played by the griot (a traditional storyteller and musician). The kora music creates a unique and mesmerizing atmosphere, while the stories and songs give an insight into the cultural heritage of the village.

Day Two

Living like a community member

After breakfast with the hosting family, a working day begins. 

Visiting a vegetable garden in Ndemban village is a great way to learn about local agriculture and sustainable farming practices. You will have the opportunity to participate in the farming activities, such as planting, weeding, and harvesting. 

After that, you will join a family or group of villagers in preparation of traditional lunch from start to finish.

During the cooking experience, the locals will guide you through the process of preparing a traditional meal, including the use of local ingredients and traditional cooking utensils. You may have the opportunity to learn about the different dishes that are commonly prepared in the village, such as stews, soups, and curries. You may also learn about the spices and seasonings that are commonly used in the local cuisine.

After a well deserved lunch it is time to pack your belongings, say your goodbyes and return back to coastal area. 

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)
210€
Group tour - departures every week (*min. 8 travellers)
175€

inclusions

What is included

  • All means of transport and road taxes
  • Meals: lunch and dinner first day, breakfast and lunch second day
  • Accommodation in a homestay for one night
  • All activities
  • Professional guides
  • 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 (breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, drinks with meal, travel insurance, visa fees)
  • International flights to and from The Gambia
Basic accommodation
You will be accommodated in a homestay
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.
3 days trip
This is a two days and one night trip.
Light to moderate activity
This trip requires light to moderate activity.
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FAQ

Can I adjust my trip?

Activities in the village can be adjusted or rearranged according to the group preferences. 

How demanding is the trip?

The trip is easy to moderate. The most activity expected from you is during the workshops, home cooking and visit to the gardens. The trip will also include some walking. 

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. Pack everything you need for a two days stay (we recommend bringing powerbank as well). We recommend comfortable wear. 

The land of the mystic creature, Ninki Nanka

By the oral legend, Ninki Nanka is a mythical dragon said to reside in the creeks of the River Gambia. It is said that whoever saw this mythical creature got seriously ill and died after some days. The only thing that can kill it is its own reflection in the mirror, so to protect oneself while exploring deep river creeks of the River Gambia, one should always carry a mirror with. People say Ninki Nanka has the head of the giraffe; others mention crocodile. The body should be one of a dragon, and some say hippo.
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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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