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La Maison des Esclaves

Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
+221 33 849 61 61
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sad but very informative

a short trip by ferry takes you to this island and a tourist guide will share with you the very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Terence T
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Translated in English as “The House of Slaves” this is the last point before slaves were shipped... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary S
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Detroit, Michigan
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This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“slave trade” (52 reviews)
“slave house” (27 reviews)
“sad history” (14 reviews)
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Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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+221 33 849 61 61
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"day trip"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

a short trip by ferry takes you to this island and a tourist guide will share with you the very interesting albeit macabre details of the slave trade on a past era.

Thank Terence T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Translated in English as “The House of Slaves” this is the last point before slaves were shipped from Africa to America and Europe. You can see where slaves were held, auctioned and the “door of no return” where thousands of slaves were taken from Goree...More

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide Bababcar a inhabitant of the was very good. We had a visit in French. It was very moving. Only thing negative . The tourists tend to behave like it is disney land. The inhabitants of the Island would appreciate more respect .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You choose your own guide and pay him as much as you want. They explain you every single aspect of the life of a slave, explain which rooms were used for whom and how slaves were treated. Walking around in the House of Slaves, you'll...More

1  Thank Masha_S2
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Do read up on the controversy around the story of this place before you go, but once you are there you can appreciate it as a powerful symbol

2  Thank Dina N
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Small place, but with terrible history of how the slaves were maintained there before being shipped off to another country through the door of no return, Saw some of the tools to control the slaves, really inhuman.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Goree Island Senegal , we will Forgive but we will never forget the suffering of our ancestors deported in the US and forced into slavery Goree Island you are the Home of millions Africans . We love you

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Reviewed 14 June 2018

a must to do, a very interesting and touching experience, I recommend to visit this place if you get the chance to go to Senegal,the guide will tell you a lot, everyone deserves to be Free!

Thank Afaf85
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

First of, it's a historic place. It's been through a lot of twists and turns and it's reflected in it's character. Also, it's just a pretty place and a boat ride makes the trip even better.

1  Thank heckfy
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Easy to arrange a visit to Goree Island -- a short boat ride and a modest fee. Be sure to hire a guide or you may miss some of the important historical aspects of the island (regarding the slave trade that funneled through this location...More

1  Thank Trup
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Najwa D
7 March 2018|
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Response from seed37 | Reviewed this property |
You can actually travel to the island on the ferry. Just ask the cab driver to drop you at the ferry. Be sure to check the ferry timetable. And allow half an hour before ferry departure since there are plenty of security and... More
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travelbug1956pa
17 January 2018|
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Response from WanderingTom2008 | Reviewed this property |
I got to the dock at 9AM and got to the island before 1000. I was the first to the Maison des Esclaves. I got a private guide and was done before the crowd. I had to bring my passport. They did not accept drivers license.
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RiRiAtlanta_Georgia
14 March 2017|
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Response from PABADOU | Reviewed this property |
about 30 minutes by cab. suggest you call a company called "pick me +221781169691 or +221338250111". very clean air con wifi cars. take you to the port from airport usd 10. last boat from goree is not at 4pm . you can even... More
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