Hey! Hey! Hey! Come with us and step into 5 centuries of history tracing the origins of Kunta Kinteh- the Gambian who was taken to the Americas. This is another trip, which makes you meet fellow brothers and sisters from the Diaspora and also gives you a chance of visiting many historical sites.
You Depart Banjul ports on M/V Joven Antonio your cruise ship for the day where you will enjoy a lovely lunch while being transported to all the various sites on this Roots trip.
Passing an Island called dog Island; you visit your first port of call, Albreda. Here you visit the freedom flag pole and also visit a slave museum. Albreda used to be a French trading post during the slavery era. There is also a church here, which was the first of its kind to be built in West Africa by the Portuguese. The essence of stopping here is to explain how the freedom flagpole came into being, which is nowadays one of our national monuments since 1970.
From here you proceed onto Juffureh, which is the home village of the famous slave who was forced into slavery in the mid seventeenth century: Kunta Kinteh. It is on whom, Alex Haley has based the history of his best seller Roots, which retraces the events of the transatlantic slave trade.
You also pay a courtesy call to the chief, at the bantaba (meeting place), where the chieftaincy rule will be explained as well as how to become a chief in The Gambia.
You then come to the main highlight of the roots trip, the visit of the Kinteh clan. On the way back to the boat a stop is made to the museum, which retraces more than 400 years of slave trade that contributed considerably to the depopulation of the continent.
Following the walk to the boat we then all proceed for a 2-mile sea cruise to Kunta Kinteh Island (former James Island). This is an Island, which used to play a vital role during the slave trade, it is located about 3 KM away from the village Albreda. This tiny Island, which used to be six times bigger than its actual size, was used to keep slaves for 2 weeks maximum, before they were shipped to Goree Island. The most characteristic thing is the dungeon remaining on the Island, out of 14, which were washed away by the erosion or the gunpowder explosion, which occurred in the mid eighteen century. Those dungeons were used to punish slaves who used to rebel against the slave master; hands and legs chained, and served one meal a day in order to weaken them.
After the sights and information on this other historical landmark in The Gambia, you join your boat and cruise back to Banjul port where your vehicle will meet you and drop you back to your respective hotel.
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Calabash Residence is a deluxe, self-catering apart-hotel with charmingly-furnished Studios.
Pick up from the hotels and drive to the first village in the South of the Country, Sukuta Village. Here we visit the local fish/vegetable market. This gives you a real taste of Africa ...