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ABOUT The Islands - Kunta Kinteh & Jinack

Follow the footsteps of Kunta Kinteh, the strong-willed Mandinka man who was enslaved and taken to America in the 18th century. Learn about the history of the slave trade and visit the remains of the forts on the Kunta Kinteh Island and Barra peninsula. Take a boat ride to a paradise island, disconnected from the developed world, with the forbidden treasures on the plantations, which you will be able to enjoy.
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communities
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Itinerary

Arrival

  • The starting point is at 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.

You will visit: 

Roots

Albreda, Juffureh and Kunta Kinteh

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.

Disconnect

Jinack Island

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.

Barra

Fort Bullen

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.

End of tour

  • Finishing point is at the pick up location, Senegambia.
  • Accommodation after the tour can be arranged for additional cost.
  • Drop off at your location can be arranged for additional cost.

RATES

Prices are per person. Please note the minimum number of travellers for the 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 completely customized tour, where the minimum number of guests is not required. For an exact quotation for the number of travellers, please send an inquiry.

PRICES

Departure 15.11.2022 (*min 4 travellers)
120€
Group Tour - departures every week (*min 4 travellers)
120€
Group Tour - departures every week (*min 10 travellers)
95€

inclusions

What is included

  • All means of transport and road taxes
  • Meals: 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
  • Breakfast, dinner 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 early in the morning and ends in evening hours.
Activity type: Light
This trip requires light to moderate activity.
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FAQ

How to get ready for the trip?

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. 

Is this trip suitable for families?

This trip is suitable for kids older than 6 years. 

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. 

Explore Barra village & Kunta Kinteh Island

Following the footsteps of slavery, Kunta Kinteh is one of the significant memorials of the dark ages. 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.
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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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