The Jimbana Foundation
Jimbana is an old trading place and the objective is to get that alive again. For that purpose the Gambian Yusupha Saidy and the Dutchman Tino Boleij founded the Jimbana Foundation in 1998. The foundation has the objective to initiate, manage and finance small projects to develop the direct surroundings of Jimbana Park in the field of healthcare, education, agriculture, tourism and small businesses.
Why Jimbana Park is a good place for eco-tourists
We believe Jimbana Park will bring the visitors the real Gambia experience. At the same time sustainability (“green”, social and economic) in the broadest sense of the word is “key” for all activities developed in and by Jimbana Park in that way that the old trading place will become and stay alive.
How Jimbana will meet or exceed the expectations of eco-tourists
Jimbana Park will operate as the coordinating party in a multi-cycle platform (collaborations with other parks and in close relation with locals who can provide excursions). By coordinating activities in and around Jimbana, the eco-tourists will discover “the real Gambia”.
The Jimbana foundation stimulates and expands business in Jimbana Park in order to revitalise the old trading place. Eco-tourists, visiting Jimbana Park and enjoying the activities, are the providers of the financial means to develop Jimbana Park. The local people will help to promote eco-tourism by creating, acquiring and building the, for eco-tourism needed, facilities. Because of that we expect an upgrade of the standards of living and enhancing entrepreneurship for the local people who participate in or benefit from the eco-tourism in and around Jimbana Park.
What Jimbana is offering to eco-tourists
Jimbana will offer basic facilities and meaningful experiences to their guests.
In terms of facilities, only simple board and lodgings are offered to the visitors of Jimbana Park at this moment. Without abandoning the “real Gambia experience”, Jimbana Park will be upgraded and expanded to meet the standards eco-tourists expect to find in a basic eco-tourism park like Jimbana Park. Another goal is to welcome more guests. Recently the manager started to organize eco-tourism trips like excursions to the village, boat trips to interesting (nature) sites and bird-watching trips. These activities will be upgraded in terms of quality and quantity.
Jimbana Park wants to be in the eco-tourism business. Eco-tourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means Jimbana Park will offer the following ecotourism principles:
- Minimize impact on the environment.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.