The Gambia

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March 11th 2010
Published: April 9th 2010
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12 people plus the driver

The Gambia - The African Jamaica

The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, engulfed by Senegal. Its borders follow the Gambia River, which flows through the country's centre and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
We entered the country in the east, staying one night in Basse Santa Su, arriving from the Senegalese town of Velingara, in a taxi that had more rust than metal and carried an amzing 13 people (including 3 on the roof).

We spent 4 days on Janjanbureh Island in the town of Janjanbureh, formerly known during colonial times as Georgetown. Here we met some very friendly people and were encouraged to stay just because of peoples hospitality.

The slave house was very interesting. The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was key to the establishment of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese and later by the British.

Georgetown used to be one of the most important trading cities existing on the river Gambia, and it was a very important resting place for slaves continuing on to the Americas. Nowadays the slave house is a museum to the atrocious bad handling of human stock, with evidence of the heavy shackles and chains the aggressive, resistant slaves had to withstand.

We traveled downriver from Janjanbureh, paying 700 Dalasi (20 Euros) for a river trip down to six junction, an area where the river splits into six branches. We were extremely lucky and observed hippos, crocodiles and many monkeys and baboons.
I also used the opportunity to eat my Gambian corn flakes.

From Janjanbureh we went to the coast. We found a nice hotel at Sanyang beach and enjoyed the gorgeous weather, the drum playing, the Bob Marley cigarettes and watching the Male prostitutes strut their stuff.

After 11 days we ran out of money and crossed back into Senegal.

Additional photos below
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Georgetown Slave houseGeorgetown Slave house
Georgetown Slave house

The underground dungeon for the resistant slaves
Janjanbureh Slave houseJanjanbureh Slave house
Janjanbureh Slave house

The heavy shackles
Palm WinePalm Wine
Palm Wine

Interesting how they collect it
Gambian FlakesGambian Flakes
Gambian Flakes

Shared on the river trip
The river tripThe river trip
The river trip

We saw many monkies
The river trip - baboonsThe river trip - baboons
The river trip - baboons

We saw a family of about 20
The river tripThe river trip
The river trip

A big baboon climbing a tree

Different country, same river

Look at them, they were really cool .... huge things
The river tripThe river trip
The river trip

A crocodile
Sungyang beachSungyang beach
Sungyang beach

The hotel we stayed at
Sungyang beachSungyang beach
Sungyang beach

Look how happy I am

6th May 2010

Great pics.....Gambia is a wonderfull country You may find this site interesting *****ExperienceGambia*****

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