Georgetown Travel Guide

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    georgetown janjanbureh gambia
    by johnsakura
  • georgetown janjanbureh gambia
    georgetown janjanbureh gambia
    by johnsakura
  • georgetown janjanbureh gambia
    georgetown janjanbureh gambia
    by johnsakura

Georgetown Things to Do

  • Warehouses

    Georgetown used to be one of the most important trading cities existing on the river Gambia, and for that, lots of warehouses also existed to put goods when they arived by boat. Georgetown is located on Janjanbureh Island.

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  • Fires

    This is a fire people use to clean their fields, also used to take bad spirits away. Its seems that April is the month to do that because its not very hot yet.

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  • Colonial time houses

    This is a way of getting to know a bit of Georgetown's histor. Getting to know the old houses existing on the Island. This is one, close to the Freedom Garden.

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  • River bank

    You can go to the river bank and watch the north bank in the Lamin Koto side. This river is very beautiful and is full of hippos. you can ask people to take you there paying a bit of money you will agree BEFORE YOU GO! remember that. also remember the majority of the youngters that make their living as guides are only interested in smoking drug so...

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  • City streets

    If you're coming Souht from senegal and like me, the first full time stop was in Georgetown, you'll enjoy seeing how do local people live and socialize each other. This is the main street Finlay street. You have many sops where you can buy almost everything.On the picture is the part of the city almost near the Slave House, close to the police...

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  • Sami Work Shoop

    This worshop is located on Finlay street and its a iron shop where you have Sami the woner working and melting iron. Its quite interesting and nice to see how he has his shop painted in cheerful colours like the ones you can see on the picture.

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  • Queen Street

    This is the Queen street and this house is very well preserved in order to keep apearance of the past colonial times. Its quite cool i should say. house is nice.

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  • Freedom garden entrance

    This is the gate of the freedom garden. There are lots of children that come from schools to visit the garden and learn about their city's or country history. to learn how their ancestres got free from slavery and all.

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  • Freedom garden house

    This is for sure the most cheerful and beautiful house in the whole island of janjanbureh. You have this house painted in sky pattern, looking so bright and nice on the dirt roads and gree vegetation around the area.

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  • Slave house

    People say this was the biggest slave house in upper river bank, but it seems that this now big roofless barn was probably no such thing, more likely like a warehouse for goods to be taken down and up the river.

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  • Freedom garden

    This seems to be the city most important monument to locals. This is the garden that represents the people's freedom from colonial times. You have a tree on the centre of the garden that simbolizes the growing life as free people.

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  • The coloured streets of Janjanbureh

    The city is very cheerfull. Houses are always painted in very coloured colours which will give you relax feeling and hapiness. Altouhg peopl dont seem to be as happy as the colour on their houses.This house on the picture is located on the main street of findlay street.

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  • Wooden house sign

    This is the picture of the wooden house. You can read a bit of the story of this place. It seems that in the process of liberating slaves back in 1832, they had the first 200 ones comming here and hosues like this were built to them to leave happy and prosper on their diserved freedom.

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  • Historical wooden house

    This is the historical wooden house of the Maccarthy Island. It seems this was one of the first houses to be built in 1832 when the first 200 liberated slaves arrived. Many people decided to leave the rural areas and go to some more developed places like the capital. ALtough in colonial times Janjanbureh was the second city of the country.

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  • Janjanbureh Island

    The name of the island where Janjanbureh is located was Maccarthy Island, now is Janjanbureh Island. During the steamboat era, Janjanbureh was the second city of the country and had actually a very important place on the slavery market down te river to Fort James island and Banjul. Also was a very important admnistrative outpost and a a major...

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Georgetown Nightlife

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    by johnsakura Written May 29, 2004

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    This is quite interesting to see cos you will not see much music activity both in senegal and gambia. if you're lucky and during holiday seasons they will play lots of music with drums and strange instruments. When we arrived it seemed to be a wedding and people were laying music o nthe street and because we had just arrived on the hotel they came in and played for us expecting some money back. hehe no money from me...

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Georgetown Transportation

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    by johnsakura Written May 29, 2004

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    To go to Georgetown, you have 2 ways. coming from the north bank from Lamin Koto or from the south bank having 100m seprating the Island and the south bank. 1000CFA
    by law, tourists have to pay boats and ferries in the country not with national currency but with CFA.
    The ferries are hand hauled. be careful and dont cut yourself on the iron rope. dont help people pulling the ferry or you will cut your hands like my friend did.

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Georgetown Local Customs

  • Posing for photo

    This was the head boy of the group of kids. Here he said, come one , pose please. check this out! hahanice shot I say.

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  • Happy kids

    Look at this smile! they're so cool. After I gave them the money they stayed there with me asking how my life was back in my country, which music I was keen into and all, funny, they cold talk more and have more interesting converstations than the majority of grown ups I've found in town.

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  • Children

    Here's another pic of the whole bunch of children that stoped me on the street to ask for money to get a soccer ball. They were nice and didnt push me to give them some money. They were maybe the most polite kids I've found in Georgetown.

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Georgetown Off The Beaten Path

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    by johnsakura Updated May 29, 2004

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    20km northwest from Georgetownyou you have Wassu stone circles. This Wassu consists on an important pre historic place in the Gambia, but of course no Stonehenge. This is a circle of stones that seems to date from 1300AD to 750AD by some analisys made to found carbon. It seems that before the stones were actually there, the place was sacred and used to make rituals and used like a buriel site.

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Georgetown Favorites

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    by johnsakura Written May 29, 2004

    Favorite thing: This house is located right in front of the slave house. It actually has one of the touristic highlights of the town which I didnt go. Its some quind of hole where slaves used to be put in. I didnt want to see that.

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