Duration: 08.00 a.m.-04.00 p.m.
Price: €80,- per person (a minimum of 4 persons)
This tour takes us back to the most tragic period in Gambia’s history – the Atlantic slave trade. Slaves from all over West Africa were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and America. James Island on the River Gambia became the largest slave yard where slaves were sold and prepared for transport across the Atlantic.
During this trip, we will use a traditional Gambian motorboat. We’ll begin our journey in the Bintang creek, navigating through the mangroves, and continue onto the main Gambia River. After two hours, we will arrive at James Island. With some luck, we may even spot bottlenose dolphins along the way.
St. James Island, officially known as Kunta Kinteh Island, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/761) to ensure that the tragic period of the slave trade is not forgotten. On the island, we will explore the remnants of this dark era, including the fort with its slave dungeons. The island was initially owned by the Portuguese in 1651 before it was ultimately seized by the English.
After visiting the island, we will cruise to the mainland and explore Albreda and Juffureh, two major villages that served as slave trading posts and loading bases. Juffureh is the birthplace of the famous slave Kunta Kinteh, born in 1750, who gained prominence through the book written by Alex Haley about slavery. We will visit one of the old trading houses that now serves as a museum.
Here, we can learn a great deal about the days of slavery and gain a clearer understanding of this dark chapter in Gambia’s history.
During the return trip we have lunch on the boat.
Take a look at our history tour video down below: