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Fort James Island

James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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A must see in Gambia

I was brought up with the TV series roots, so for me this was the place to see in Gambia. We... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
A must do experiance.

I learnt so much from this trip. The stories we were told were so touching and interesting I never... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Reading, United Kingdom
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Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.
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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible1%
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James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

I was brought up with the TV series roots, so for me this was the place to see in Gambia. We traveled from Barra to Albadar by car. It is a typical African dirt road full of pits. When we arrived we had to take...More

Thank normandic
Reviewed 12 May 2017

I learnt so much from this trip. The stories we were told were so touching and interesting I never once got bored! I watched the program roots before I arrived and being able to see where everything was going on was interesting. So much history...More

Thank Kaykbabes94
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Wow, so much history. One if the major stops for people coming to the Roots festival. I visited the island during a different part if the year. The island is small but many of the structures are still standing to give you a good idea...More

Thank derrick31310
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A must see with a local experienced guide. We arrived by our own hire car and were immediately welcomed by a group where we picked a guide who was unesco trained. Took a short and very pleasant boat trip to James island. The quality of...More

5  Thank Craig B
Reviewed 11 December 2016

It was Nice to see where the history came from, slavery,.... with a nice boat to the island, beautiful

Thank Ingridvp
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The Trip to Fort James Island (Now renamed 'Kunta Kinteh' Island) is in fact a trip to the villages of Albreda Village, Juffureh Village & Kunta Kinteh Island. The main boat stops at Albreda village, which now houses the new information centre and many historical...More

1  Thank BintaKinteh
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I attended James Island - renamed Kunta Kinteh Island as a part of the "Roots Homecoming Festival" Tour. It was highly emotional for many reasons. 1. because we are the descendants of the kidnapped and enslaved Africans 2. Because the language used...More

2  Thank Royal J
Reviewed 30 April 2016

My friend & I visited here on a day trip for the cultural history on the slave trade. It was very interesting to hear the history & make sure you visit the museum with awful slave manacles, weapons & photos! Only awful in the fact...More

Thank Clairethetravelbug
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Well worth a visit to gain a real perspective on how slaves were treated before there were shipped across the Atlantic.

Thank buster_bv77
Reviewed 4 March 2016

A place with the most wonderful view and interesting atmosphere. The museum is fascinating and the history is truly heartbreaking. Im glad I visited, but i came away heavy hearted. Highly recommended.

Thank JustGracie
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