Fort James Island, North Bank Division

4.2
#1 of 11 in Historic Sites in Gambia
Tour the remains of a slave trade fortress at Fort James Island, a World Heritage Site. Originally built by a Baltic baron in 1651, the trading settlement was taken over by James, Duke of York in 1661 and subsequently used as an important slave trade outpost. Tour the fort's clearly marked rooms, including the remains of the governor's quarters, and check out four rusty cannons still standing on scanty embattlements under rare trees. Visit the slave yard and inspect a model of the fort as it was reconstructed in 1717. The words "Never Again!" mark a statue of a slave breaking his chains, and a colorful sculpture depicts a slave family. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for North Bank Division using our trip planner.
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  • Very depressing impression leaves this place. But it is also a part of the history of the world, which should not be forgotten. Jekskursovodah story about all the horrors of the slave trade and its extent is really impressive.
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  • We went to the island with the Gambia Friendly Tours and trip was as big a part of the experience as the island itself. If you like historical ruins in a natural setting is the island itself amazing and has also seen the Roots on Netflix (or motsvarnade), it is a truly historic experience. The island is a world heritage site and the guiding of the island comes from the villages nearby, but to get there you need to book a trip with a guide or means of transport because the island is located 40 km from Banjul. We took an all-inclusive where our guide Jason (who also owns the Gambia Friendly Tours) picked us up at the hotel. We went with a car to the ferry dock in Banjul and took the ferry to Barra where we jumped into a jeep which took us to Juffure, where slaverimuseet and Albadarr which takes the boat to Kunta Kinteh Iceland that the island now called. Then we took the same trip back home and ate late late lunch along with Jason. I liked the approach of engaging a local company and changes of means of transport because it gave us a chance to see more of life in Gambia. Because English is the language of the school and we are very keen to be a good tourist country, it is a good solution for all parties. With the right long journeys, it is also good to have a good guide on the road to Kunta Kinteh island and it was fun to be on the road to discuss lifestyle and business with Jason. I would make the trip again, I would do it the same way but took me more time to talk and watch a little of the country and talk to people in Juffure, or Albadarr to get a deeper insight into today's country life. It is worth noting also that in Albadarr, they have a small market with souvenirs as they try to sell when coming back from the island. The prices are alright but they can be quite assertive (not aggressive as in northern North Africa) and a good guide puts a time limit (e.g., we go about three minutes) so that, in a neat way, pull out after they made their purchases.
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