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ABOUT Ninki Nanka Trail in One Day

If you don't have time to experience a proper Ninki Nanka Trail, let us take you on a one day tasting of The Real Gambia! Visit communities along the river Gambia creeks and combine it with exploration of the culture, traditions and lifestyle.
culture and tradition
boat ride
communities
responsible travel

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

We start our journey in Galloya - the village where authentic architecture joins with abstract street art. 

Abstract graffiti was 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. 

Stroll around the village with the eager young artists who are determined to continue the project and spread art pieces on the walls of the homes.

Baobab Island

Boat trip

It's time to take a ride to the riverside. We are welcomed at the beautiful Baobab Island lodge, offering a peaceful moment just next to the water. The island is believed to be the home of the mysterious creature Ninki Nanka. For many years, no one dared to set foot on the island until one day, a brave man decided to build a lodge which is now a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. After a quick refreshment, we board a boat to explore the mangrove-surrounded Magical Creek and spot some birds on the way. 

Ndemban

Jola Village Experience

Our last stop of the day is at the Ndemban village, a Jola village on the river's south bank, no more than 45 45-minute drive from Brikama.

We greet the alkalo first and have a chance to ask about the history of the village and daily life there.

After a delicious traditional home-cooked lunch, we walk to the bakery to have our hands-on experience of making a famous Gambian bread – tapalapa. In the meantime, we stroll to the women's gardens to help with the morning watering of their vegetable beds. After we put the bread in the oven, we head to the river, where we will see the process of cleaning and preparing oysters for sale at the market.

We return to the bakery to have a taste of freshly baked bread and gather some strength for the workshops. We will learn about and participate in the process of salt production by a traditional method and make our very special souvenir – a naturally dyed T-shirt or material made together with village ladies.

We head back in the late afternoon. 

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. You can join our scheduled group departure tours as individuals. Your departure is 100% guaranteed once the minimum number of travellers book the tour. You can also book a private and customized tour, where a minimum number of guests is not required. Rates are per person in GMD (Gambian Dalasis.
Please be advised that displayed prices are not final and can change based on factors such as availability, vehicle type, requests for changes and other potential amendments. The displayed prices are indicative and serve as a general reference. The final and accurate price will be provided upon inquiry, considering your specific requirements and any additional details that may impact the cost. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to reach out for the most precise information tailored to your needs. For more information and exact quotation, send an inquiry.

PRICES

Group tour (*min. 4 travellers)
5,600 GMD
Group tour (*min. 6 travellers)
5,000 GMD
Group tour (*min. 12 travellers)
4,000 GMD

inclusions

What is included

  • All means of transport and road taxes
  • Boat trip to Magical Creek
  • Lunch with one soft drink
  • Water
  • Refreshment at Baobab Island
  • All workshops and entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Local guides' and facilitators' 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
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal items (souvenirs, additional drinks...)
  • International flights to and from The Gambia
  • Travel documentation (permits, visa fees...)
  • Travel Insurance
Private or Group Tour
You can attend this tour as a closed group or join our group departures as 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. For scheduled group tours, please send an inquiry.
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. We recommend comfortable wear. 

Embark on Ninki Nanka Trail with us!

The Ninki Nanka trail is a responsible tourism product promoting Community-Based Tourism and dispersing economic benefits to rural areas. Travel responsible and feel the taste of the REAL Gambia!
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GET A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO YOUR ADVENTURE

Learn about one of the villages on the Ninki Nanka Trail - Ndemban.
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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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