Brikama Craft Market
Brikama Craft Market
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Nick P
Newcastle upon Tyne11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Real Gambia
That’s what we experienced in our tremendous three week stay in February-March 2009. We were based in Brikama – a medium-sized town about 20 kms inland from the Atlantic and an hour south of the capital Banjul. It’s a fascinating town with a vibrant feel but none of the tourist-area trappings and hassles.
People are very hospitable and very warm to strangers – especially those who are respectful and show a genuine interest in life there.
Our host, Abdoulie Sarr, is a young entrepreneur whose aims are to create a range of locally-based enterprises to enable visitors to genuinely engage in the life of an area: get to know local people in depth; learn something of a local language; be part of local events; explore the beautiful country areas, learn about a different culture and exchange experiences; and to spend their money in ways that benefit local people rather than international tour operators.

Accommodation and Food (Vegetarians catered for)
He provided excellent quality accommodation and three substantial meals a day whist we were in Brikama. Breakfast consisting of a choice of very tasty rice porridge or omelette was delivered to our accommodation every morning and we had the option of having the other meals brought to us or of eating with his family. My travelling companion is vegetarian and we thought this could be a bit of a problem; nothing could be further from the truth. He was served excellent food with his ‘not even fish’ requirements fully respected and catered for.

Local Life
Eating with the family was much more fun and gave us the opportunity spending time talking with people and playing with the children. In fact, we spent a lot of time just talking and debating a wide range of subjects and laughing a lot– a real exchange!
Brikama is a fascinating town to explore and Abdoulie’s relaxed but efficient style meant we could go it alone or have him take us to specific locations of interest.

Exploring The Gambia
We wanted to see the country and Abdoulie organised a three-day trip into the interior travelling by local transport and combining road and river journeys. We enjoyed travelling in the normal vehicles that Gambians used and not in luxury coaches or 4X4s – much more real.
Our trip took in the Wassu Stone Circles (evidence of ancient civilisation here); the wonderful Janjanbureh Camp with its perfect location on the River Gambia and good quality accommodation and food; the historic towns of Janjanbureh and Kuntaur, the bustling ‘crossroad’ town of Farafenni, the riverside Tendaba camp and the rural villages along the country’s South road.

Birds and Animals
We saw hippos and crocodiles and a huge variety of bird-life along small backwaters that make the Gambia so attractive to bird-watchers
Abdoulie was an excellent guide with a wealth of local knowledge and contacts which made the trip run smoothly and tailored to what we wanted to see we never felt we were being herded along on a package tour.

Music
Back in Brikama we became familiar with the local music scene seeing a number of bands and talking with the musicians. Brikama is major centre for music using the Kora.

A Real Experience
The trip was a mind-altering experience into the way of life of a country with wonderful people and beautiful scenery in which the hospitality was outstanding and where we felt welcome and safe at all times.
At the end we felt we had had a real experience and had got to know a place and some of its people in depth – a place that is now very special.

Contact details
Abdoulie Sarr provides a range of tailor-made options for accommodation, travel and local experiences across The Gambia and we highly recommend his professional yet personal approach.
Contact: Abdoulie Sarr Tel 00220-7722099/6720999;
email Abdouliesarr@hotmail.com
Written July 23, 2009
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Julie G
Chippenham, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Business
This is my third visit to the craft market and I'm beginning to recognise and name some of the sellers now. This is always greatly appreciated by the seller!
It is a little difficult to just browse here as all the sellers call out for you to visit their 'shop', however the atmosphere is friendly. It can be hard to choose who to buy from as most of the 'shops' sell similar goods. Try to haggle, I know it can be hard but it is actually good fun when you get into it for something that you really want to take home. I'm never cut throat though. If I would pay it at home then fair enough for me.
Enjoy chasing a bargain!
Written April 26, 2014
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Peter D
Southampton, UK78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
I understand this is now a new location, just outside Brikama (rather than closer to the centre). There are lots of traders and some lovely items, although obviously you have to be discerning. When we were there there were not many others around so traders were desperate for a sale, and even us, as seasoned travellers and hard hagglers, probably overpayed for a couple of things (as it felt harsh to haggle too hard), but it was a nice easy to walk around atmosphere, with plenty on offer.
Written April 27, 2018
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steve2705
London, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Quite small - but great value - depending on your haggling skills !!
Around halve the price of Senegambia and a nice day out.
Good selection of wood products all hand made - and they will make to order if you want - take a picture of the object - the Gambian imagination differs from ours !!
Written November 21, 2014
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BigDave1955
Axminster, UK201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Well worth a visit to see local carvers at work and displaying their item for sale if you see something you like always haggle and you will get it for somewhere half the asking price. It's amazing what the guys can produce and the quality is amazing!
Written April 2, 2019
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SueC1973
Warrington, UK149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
I've visited Brikama craft market a couple of times now. The shops each sell pretty similar things, although the style and finish may be a little different at each one. The shop keepers are of course very keen on encouraging you to visit their shop and even though you've already seen the content in a previous one it's courteous to go in anyway. The wooden carvings are fantastic and if you want to make a little change to something, they are very accommodating. For example, I didn't like the face on a model I picked up, so they chiselled it off for me there and then!
Written April 17, 2015
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PatMabon
Lechlade, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
We were probably the first there that morning so we got some really good deals. The first sale of the day can be really cheap. We went as part of a 6 in 1 trip so it fitted in well. This is where the bulk of the wood carvings sold in all the markets are made so they could be cheaper there.
Written December 22, 2016
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KarolaRS
7,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
This Craft Market at the border of the Senegambia is one of many in Gambia and displays a wide variety of hand made local products. A must do at least once whilst in the Gambia. Be prepared to haggle!
Written August 19, 2016
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steveb66uk
Birmingham, UK251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
I actually went here several years ago but remember it well.
Good market for good variety of wood carvings. I even exchanged the T - Shirt I was wearing for a carving when I ran out of Dalasi to pay for it. If you like wood carvings this is recommended.
Written June 9, 2016
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Travlintone
Chippenham, UK824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Visited as part of a 4 in 1-day tour with The Gambia Experience.
Lots of artisans making wooden items with some great large items to buy if only you could get them on the plane home!
Other reviews suggest the prices are generally lower than the tourist traps such as in Senegambia.
As with everywhere in the Gambia haggle! Personally I found that starting at a third of the initial price meant you ended up somewhere just over half the initial price suggested! Whatever you pay will however be a bargain!
If you have the time, cross the main road (carefully!) and visit the livestock market.
Written March 10, 2016
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