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Address: James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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Description: Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.

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Gambia International Roots Festival 6 - 13th May 2016

Had a fantatisc time with a group from UK, Europe, USA and Canada in the Gambia.. People with us stated that It was the most memorable event they have ever experienced. The whole... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Had a fantatisc time with a group from UK, Europe, USA and Canada in the Gambia.. People with us stated that It was the most memorable event they have ever experienced. The whole adventure from the trips to the Schools, Juffureh Island, Kunte Kinte Island, Initiation and Concert in Kanali, The Banquet - Africa Kings and Queens night, Property Excursion... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I travelled here by boat on a Thomas Cook excursion. Our guide Assan was very informative and knowledgeable about the slave trade

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cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

When my son in law mentioned this daytrip i was very excited and i wasnt disappointed. It was a very memorable informative trip. It starts with a boat trip to Albreda/Juffureh, we met the descendants of Kunta Kinte which was very intersting. We then had a short boat ride and had Africa food for lunch onboard, then to James Island... More 

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South Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This was part of our roots trip. An amazing and humbling trip. The fort ruins are so poignant. Our guide was dodo and he was really informative and knowledgeable. This is a must whilst in Gambia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

we've been last week by boat from Denton Bridge. It was a nice trip, nice food and good service. we choose the orange boat.

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Maesteg, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We didn't go on an arranged tour. My self and my husband went with a local lad. Crossed the river on the local wooden boats--- never seen any thing like them, an experience on its own - then hired a local taxi, that cost 600 d return. Museum Entrance fee 600 d, that's seems really high as it's only very... More 

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Kalmar, Sverige
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

we went to Kunta Kinta island with Lams tours. it was a whole day and very nice with lots of information. Wille recoment that for you who haven't been there its history and culture.

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This tiny island is located on the Gambia River, and is steeped with heartbreaking history of the slave trade. It was a short boat ride from the Gambian shore to the island, and once we arrived our guide gave an excellent presentation to the group. The island's size has been steadily decreasing due to erosion, but the ruins that remain... More 

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bracknell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Arrived via Boat trip which unfortunately seemed to go very slow and took ages to arrive and return. Not much space on board and would have been better to see what the boat was like before booking. Staff friendly enough. Roots village was very interesting and glad to have visited. Did refresh my memory from the series in parts must... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Me and hubby has just returned home, It was a wonderful holidays, I found the Gambian people very friendly, though I got few bad experiences, because I have been going there for several years, But I missed out bout 4 years, We met a Great Driver and he was superb. If any of you would like to use him he... More 

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