Boat trip to James Island:
James Island and Related Sites present a testimony to the main periods and facets of the encounter between Africa and Europe along the River Gambia, a continuum stretching from pre-colonial and pre-slavery times to independence. The site is particularly significant for its relation to the beginning of the slave trade and its abolition. It also documents early access to the interior of Africa.
Transport to the Slavery museum:
Albadarr is the tranquil village community which is home to the Slavery Museum opened in 1996 in the Maurel Fréres building which was built by the British in the 1840’s. Here you will find some historical artefacts of enslavement on display such as chain neck-locks, foot-locks, yokes, Kissi pennies & Bronze Manillas as well as a comprehensive historical testament to the diabolical trade in ‘Black Ivory’ which shows that 10% to 20% of people died on the so called ‘Voyage of No Return’. Another attraction that eco-tourists come to see in Albreda are the ruins of the ‘factory’ – a fortified slaving station built by the French in the late 17th century.
Entree to the Slavery museum
Village Tour Bakalarr -garden, school, family visit
The ecological farmer gardens will be visited during this excursion. In the direct surrounding of Jimbana Park, the Jimbana Foundation started a garden project years ago. This project is executed to develop the area in the surrounding of Jimbana Park. Nowadays, the gardens are producing fruit and vegetables on a ecologic way. The guests will visit those gardens where the way of working will be explained. Visitors will be invited to taste some of the fruit and vegetables in the Garden House.
After the fruit and vegetable snack, a school will be visited in Bakalarr. Visitors will be invited to join the little children (4-8 years) in one of the teaching rooms. The basic facilities and the way of working will be shown and the children will sing a song together with the visitors.
Visiting a Gambian family will enrich your life. The basic houses and compounds show the day to day life of a Gambian family. The guests will visit a compound and will first meet the grandma which is the most respected member of the family. The visitors will be invited to drink tea and have a chat with the oldest son of the family. Together with some fruit, the visitors will feel very welcome and will be touched by the real Gambian openness.
Sleeping in a compound at a Gambian Family. This experience will never be forgotten. Including Gambian Bed & Breakfast
Bird watching with experienced guide:
Burama Keita has been bird watching in Gambia since he was a young boy and is now among the most professional and experienced bird guides in Gambia.
Bird watching in The Gambia is fantastic for both expert and occasional birdwatchers. Gambia has a very wide variety of habitats such as forest, wetlands, mangrove swamps and bush which together support over 500 bird species. With a bird guide you will be guaranteed to get an amazingly rewarding experience.
Boat trip to Pelican Island:
This 2 hour boat trip is a unique experience for every nature lover. Pelican island is a famous small island in the Gambia river. Behind Pelicans many other bird species can be approached by boat quite easily. Bird photographers can make photos of the birds easily. Bird species like Sandwich Tern, Eurasian curlew, Black headed gull, Black tern can be spotted and photographed.
Mangrove Seed – Compensate your flight and plant Mangrove:
In the direct surrounding of Jimbana Park, the mangrove is damaged due to human interfering. The guests of Jimbana Park can help to stop the erosion of the mangrove by plant new mangrove. The park manager Yusupha will help the guests looking for mangrove seed. A mangrove disperses in a similar way to that of the coconut palm. A seed germinates on the parent tree and drops to the water’s edge. As the tide rises the seed is lifted, being buoyant, and is carried away with the outgoing tide. This seeds can be found and planted on the by Yusupha defined location.
Canoe rent per hour:
Rent a canoe including guide (otherwise you get lost in the mangrove) to explore the richness of the mangrove nature. Many birds can be approached easily and probably a crocodile can be spotted. The crocodiles are shy and donot attack canoes.
Fishing – rent a fishing rod
In and around Jimbana Park, there are many possibilities for anglers. Jimbana also builds a bridge over the creek which is excellent for anglers to stay on.
One of the top excursions is the Donkey Safari. On this excursion you meet different local people and villages, mixed with beautiful nature and great views.
Jimbana will arrange the transport to Barra for the guests. In Barra the guests will be guided to the ferry to Banjul.
Car rent with driver: www.gambiadriver.com
Relationship with taxi driver who can offer different trips for guests.