Katschi-Kali, the sacred crocodile pond, is one of the tourist attractions in Gambia but lacks infrastructure. It's a sea of interesting things. We conjecture of all kinds, but still do not know why many crocodiles that live in a pond are barely flinching. Although it claims to be sacred, and therefore do not attack, and you must have a lot of hesitation to approach these vermin ... but, you know, still not dead any "foreigner". In Katschi-Kali there is also a large baobab inside which makes a ceremony of initiation or circumcision of boys. The site also links to female fertility rites, so that women who want to become pregnant are washed with the water of that pond to do.
Here in Farafenni the transfer of Gambians and Senegalese traders is endless. Its proximity to the border makes it a strategic point between the 2 countries. Access is via the Trans-Gambia in the North Bank Division, to the city of only about 30,000 inhabitants it's also known as Chakubanta or Faracity. Its inhabitants mostly speak Wolof although the Mandingo and Fula are also spoken. There's a large market on the outskirts of town called Lumo where you can get lost for hours and discover the traditional way of life. Farmers, healers, everything here is mixed and space makes this one of the most interesting places in Gambia.
To get to Banjul, the capital of Gambia, you have to go a little to the north to catch a ferry across the mouth of the Gambia River to the city of Barra. The paths are continuous, but the large number of people moving makes this journey seem endless, not only when you're waiting for the barges, but because of the time it takes to cross to the other side of the river. The operator of this ferry is Gambia Public Transport Corporation, and it takes roughly 90 minutes to complete the journey. During the trip you can see all types of vehicles, pets, travelers and traders who go or come to the big city to sell their products. Taking this tour and watching the different boats carrying different goods is an unforgettable experience.
Women and children flock to the beach in Tanghi to help fishermen bring their catch to shore. While waiting for the boats, they sing and dance on the sand, braid each other's hair, and take care of the little ones. Each person is given two or three fish, in many cases it's the only protein the family will have. Gambia sells fish to other countries in Africa. Close to the beach you can see the precarious "industry" of salted and smoked fish.
Mankoadze, Ghana is a small town about two hours drive from the capital, Accra. Called via Accra-Cape Coast Road, then there is a small sign that says Mankoadze and arrow indicating a small road that leads to this small town. Much of this community still depends on a small lake for water. Some of their homes are built with concrete and some were built with coconut. Their food and livelihoods depend on fishing. In general, it appears that lack much their lives but also are privileged to not have to worry about maintaining a level or lifestyle as the events developed. They are proud of their culture, carrying in their blood generating power of music. A Christian population, every Sunday they sacredly devote about four hours in the church. Personally, what reason my trip was to do volunteer work with the community but I can happily say that the community has given me much more than I have received in years. And my experience in this small town will never be forgotten. Medase Mankoadze Pa! (Many thanks Mankoadze).
We found this school wondering around Brikama. We arrived at 12 which is when children leave school, but that didn't hinder their seeing us and following behind the car shouting "TUUUBAAAAAAB". We just got out of the car and we were surrounded by kiddies between the ages of 3 and 5, kissing us, touching us and showing us the school. Inside was its director, Mr. Mustapha Jammeh, who very kindly welcomed us and put some order to all children. And he thanked us for all the material we provided. We sang a lot of songs, and I uploaded this small sample so you can enjoy. If you want to know more, don't hesitate to visit our blog, the Gambia.
We found this school while wandering around Brikama. We arrived at 12 which is when children leave school, but that did not stop them from seeing us and shouting. We got out of the car and we were surrounded by kiddies aged between 3 and 5 years, giving us kisses, hugging us and pulling us into the school to show it to us. Inside was its director, Mr. Mustapha Jammeh, who very kindly welcomed us and calmed the children down. We sang a lot of songs and did lots of activities and here is a small sample for you to enjoy. If you want to know more, do not hesitate to visit our blog at the Gambia.
In Gambia, nothing happens - that's what you'll hear while in Gambia. And it's actually true. I've never been in a place without danger, but you can go down the street alone at night without any worries. The people are poor, but happy. The wonderful children are full of joy and they offer all of their love. It was really a great experience.
In April 2009 we spent 4 nights at the BITANG BOLONG LODGE IN GAMBIA, a place in an excellent location, far from tourist sites and deep amongst nature. There are some wooden bungalows on the river between the bolong mangroves. The accommodation is basic but very clean with a bed with a mosquito net and a bathroom with sink and running water and a shower. It is brought through a system of pumps (though there is little pressure) and the light comes from a generator that runs until 23:00. The meal of rice and meat or fish is very traditional and actually very nice. We went fishing, to see animals (especially birds) canoing, we visited the village (they do not have much here, so it is great to be able to take them clothes, balls, or anything they can use in school...). We organized a party one night with dancing and traditional music here. The truth is they are very welcoming, pleasant people, without being intrusive as in some other places. There are many things to enjoy, you can even learn to play djembe and dance if you like. A great place to visit if you love nature and want to get to know the real people of Gambia . Http :/ / www.Bitang-bolong.Com
In the main urban area of The Gambia, the capital of Banjul delights with a bustling market. Albert's Market covers an area of more than eight city streets, consisting of many small shops offering visitors different trades divided by sector. The smells, the bustle of people and the unique and traditional products for sale transport you straight to Africa. You can spend a whole morning trying to walk through the market, as the sellers stop you every few steps to offer you goods or to tempt you to their stalls.