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Taking a safari ride on the red road towards Albreda and Juffureh will give you the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the villages on the North Bank of the River.
These two villages lie so close to each other that it's difficult for a visitor to tell where one ends, and the other begins. Albreda is famous for its old trading post and slave factory, which is another name for a fortified trading post. Juffureh is renowned because of Alex Haley's 1970’s book Roots, in which he, an African-American, investigated his ancestry. Juffureh is the place from where Kunta Kinteh, one of Haley’s forebears, was taken as a slave around 200 years ago.
Kunta Kinteh Island is a small rocky outcrop in the River Gambia which holds the extensive ruins of Fort James, among a small grove of Baobab trees.
Visiting the museum of slavery in Albreda and stepping on the vanishing island of one of the most known names in the history of slavery, will not leave you senseless.
Board a boat and disconnect from the developed world entirely as you cross the creek to reach the long stretch of sandy beach. Without electricity and water, the island seems like a forgotten paradise of tranquillity.
Take a walk through plantations and enjoy the peace and quiet of the place. Discover the true meaning of the "treasure" island.
On the north bank of the river Gambia estuary, in the community of Barra in the Lower Niumi District, is where you'll find Fort Bullen. In 1826, the British constructed it. It is located across Banjul, formerly known as Bathurst, the capital of The Gambia.
Fort Bullen is the only fort in the region built with the purpose to put an end to the slave trade from The Gambia, which the British Empire enforced after the passing of the Abolition Act in 1807.
In 2003, Fort Bullen was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites. Today it hosts a small museum showcasing the history of the slave trade in the region together with a smaller ethnographic and historical exhibition.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as trip will include some climbing on the boat. Safari Jeep will be taking you around on the red dusty roads so we recommend you to avoid white clothes. Don't forget about sun protection, mosquito repellent, water and snacks if you get hungry fast.
This trip is suitable for kids older than 6 years.
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.
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.