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Fort James Island

James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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Avoid the Land Tour !!!!

When we wanted to do this trip, the boat was broken so had to do it by land (normally done by... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2018
carrijed
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Came away concerned

Just back from a two week stay. Took the Roots trip by boat which became quite concerning. As we... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2018
jenandrich
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

When we wanted to do this trip, the boat was broken so had to do it by land (normally done by boat). The worst experience of my life. Thankful that I am alive to write this review!!! To get there, the bus had to use...More

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

Just back from a two week stay. Took the Roots trip by boat which became quite concerning. As we were leaving James Island an elderly lady missed her footing and fell into the pirogue from the jetty where there was no proper handrail. She was...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

We came here not knowing what to expect. There is small museum there and a cafe, but the main part is the boat trip to the island. Again, a little Gambian randomness but every trip has a police man on. It makes you stand and...More

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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

Everyone should visit James island and learn more about its history. It’s too much to take in all at once, but definitely recommend a visit.

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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

There is not much left of the island or the fort and it’s dungeons, as the land has eroded and little effort if none has been put in place for it’s restoration. You have to get a boat @ 800GMD (£13.00) across from Albreda to...More

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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile

Went on a boat trip to see fort James island which is now called junta minted island as that was his last stop. For me it was very emotional going to see the island and knowing how they suffered 400 years ago. Well worth the...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

This was a very impressive visit. It brings you back to realise that what happened here so long ago should NEVER happen again! We had good experiences with local tour guide Omar. Omar makes sure you have a wonderful day. He speaks Dutch too, which...More

1  Thank Sjoukje K
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

We organised a the trip to 'Kunta Kinte Island' and the associated slave museum and Kunta Kinte's village compound privately (via our guide at the Mandina Lodge) but it was exactly the same as you'd get from The Gambian Experience, Black & White Safaris, etc....More

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Reviewed September 29, 2017

I was brought up with the TV series roots, so for me this was the place to see in Gambia. We traveled from Barra to Albadar by car. It is a typical African dirt road full of pits. When we arrived we had to take...More

1  Thank normandic
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

I learnt so much from this trip. The stories we were told were so touching and interesting I never once got bored! I watched the program roots before I arrived and being able to see where everything was going on was interesting. So much history...More

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jackiLondonUk
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Response from Sjoukje K | Reviewed this property |
I recommend a local tour guide (This is usually cheaper). Of course they want to sell you things. Isn't this why you go to the market? 😉 If you go with a local tour guide they will keep a little more distance. We had good... More
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