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ABOUT Ninki Nanka Trail in One Day

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.
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:

 

Ndemban

Jola Village Experience

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

We greet the alkalo first and have a chance to ask about the history of the village and daily life there. We take a tour through the women's gardens and head to the river, where we will see the process of cleaning and preparing oysters for selling at the market and learn about the process of salt production by a traditional method.

Our next stop is under a very low bantaba, where we will instantly sense the scent of smoke. In the shade provided by a cabana made of wooden stakes covered with fan palm leaves, we will learn about the importance, work and life of the blacksmith.

After a delicious traditional home-cooked lunch, we head back towards Galloya. 

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. 

Kubuneh

Secret site

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. 

Wunderland

Boat trip

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. After a quick refreshment, we board a boat to explore mangrove-surrounded creeks and spot some birds on the way. 

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. 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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