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Interesting but

The roots tour was very interesting in its self, however, I was somewhat baffled by the selling of... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Cheshire, United Kingdom
A long day but this "Roots" trip is a "must see"

A "Roots" trip was the one essential thing we wanted to do on our first Gambia trip and we took the... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2016
Roger V
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely terrible from the river trip onwards. Added bonus was the prawn salad gave us food poisoning. The whole visit is a money making machine with contrived children “begging” for money. The trip works on emotional blackmail and hopefully snares the apologists to contribute.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We opted to take the rive boat trip on our Roots Tour to Albadarr and Juffureh, the reputed home of Kunta Kinteh (it is possible to do the same trip by land). On arrival at the dock we were told things were against us, as...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

So glad I listened to the advice to set off on an early start. We decided to catch the first morning ferry at 6am from Banjul. We met our tour driver on the other side at Barra. From there it was a long drive along...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

When your dropped off at the island a local guide takes you round, and you are also chaperoned by a guard this doesn’t stop the hustling though. What I was most disappointed with was we were taken to a compound and sat in an area...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

The roots tour was very interesting in its self, however, I was somewhat baffled by the selling of pre purchased school supplies for the local school as I was sure the same books were being sold many times over. that said, when in Africa you...More

Thank Bushra18
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I travelled by boat with a friend on an organised excursion upriver 28 November. When we arrived at the village we were met by a guide who explained the background to the tour in front of a large anti slavery statue and an old rusty...More

3  Thank Thelonewolf2020
Reviewed 13 April 2016

This was our second visit to Albreda and Juffureh, this time with 3 children 12-15. We booked through Bushwacker Tours in the Senegambia strip who were cheaper than the Thomas Cook tour by about 30%, and really well organised. Overall it is a fascinating and...More

1  Thank DesMusic
Reviewed 4 March 2016

The journey here was long but it was worthwhile. A hugely thought provoking, inspiration place. Very informative, and very beautiful.

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Reviewed 20 February 2016

A "Roots" trip was the one essential thing we wanted to do on our first Gambia trip and we took the advice of regular visitors by supporting a local agent rather than using our Tour Operator. We chose Kawsu Tours (close to our Kotu hotel)...More

3  Thank Roger V
Reviewed 8 December 2015

There's not a lot to see, but it's the history you are here for and it is quite emotional to see the horrors of slavery as depicted in the museum and listening to the guide. My only complaint, is that too many children use these...More

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Raining season starts in May, but we think there is not much rain in that month and it shouldn't be a problem.
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