Wassu Travel Guide

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Wassu Things to Do

  • Village

    Not far from Wassu, we visited a traditional village. The houses are made from mud and the people are very poor by our standards, with no running water or electricity. It was interesting to see how they live in this area.

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  • Baobab trees

    Known as the 'upside down' tree because its bare branches look like roots jetting out into the sky, the baobab tree dominates the landscape in this reagion. A local tale tells that devil himself uprooted the tree and placed it upside down. The baobab is also believed to have magical powers because of its ability to store water in the huge trunk....

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  • Stone circle

    The circles are believed by many to be burial sites, a theory which was enforced with the discovery of early skeltons in the centre of some of the circles, as well as tools and pottery, items which made have been left with the dead to help them on their journey into the afterlife. There is said to be a curse on anyone who is found disturbing this...

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  • More stones

    It seems that no one near by of the locals will know to explaine you the story of those stones, they will only tell you it looks good to leave stones up like that. In the Wassu stone circles you have at least 10 laterite pillars erected arround a tree.

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  • Other close stone circles

    It seems to exists more stone monuments besides Wassu in the region ofthe North Bank. I didnt see them but I have the info you can maybe use. On the road to Niani Maru you have stones on each side of the road. At Njai Kunda you have the largest stones of them all, up to ten tonnes. At Kerr Batch you have nine circles of pillars, including an odd...

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  • Stone circles

    Wassu is just the place of thiese stone circles, 20km northwest of Janjanbureh aka Georgetown. This place is quite interesting and you'll feel like you're actually almost in the begining of man kind here...but you're not, not at all, these rocks seems to be 750AD, so, quite recent I should say.The surrounding landscape is also very nice which give...

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Wassu Transportation

  • Ferryboat from Georgetown

    To go to Wassu from Georgetown, you have at least 20km separating. Wassu is located abit after Kuntaur. You have to take a ferry to the north bank division from Georgetown. 1000CFAby law, tourists have to pay boats and ferries in the country not with national currency but with CFA.On hte picture you can see my car on the boat.

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  • Bicycle from Janjaburek (Georgetown)

    Maybe if you can get a rented bicycle somewhere in Georgetown, offer some money to someone in the hotel to get you a bike, and they will. You can get there only making 20km on dirt road. is ok 40km on a bicycle.You have to get the boat to the north bank.On the picture you have the pic of the entrance of the boat from Georgetown to Lamin Koto....

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  • Taxi from Kuntaur

    You can get to Wassu from Kuntaur by taxi, maybe paying about D200 round trip.Wassu is located 20km northwest from Georgetown on the north bank of the river gambia.On the picture you have the red higway on the gambian north bank.

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Wassu Warnings and Dangers

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    by grets Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    The diver of this lorry got out of his cab near the top of the hill, in order to take a pee. Either he didn't apply the hand brake properly, or it failed, but the result was that the lorry started to roll backwards, gaining speed as it went.

    There were two problems with this:

    1. Three people were travelling on the roof of the cab - fortunately they managed to jump to safety.

    2. The lorry would soon be totally out of control, and it was a very long hill. It was fully laden and could easily turn over.

    Some very brave people ran over to the runaway lorry, placing stones underneath its back wheels. It took a great many stones, and a lot of courage by the local men, to finally stop the lorry.

    And we could all start breathing again.

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Wassu Off The Beaten Path

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    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2004

    It seems to exists more stone monuments besides Wassu in the region ofthe North Bank. I didnt see them but I have the info you can maybe use. On the road to Niani Maru you have stones on each side of the road. At Njai Kunda you have the largest stones of them all, up to ten tonnes. At Kerr Batch you have nine circles of pillars, including an odd V-shaped one.

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  • The sunset

    The sun sets relatively early in this part of the world, and we wer still on the road when it went down. I love sunset pictures and can watch the sun go down for hours. Of course, this near the equator it is over in just a few minutes.

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  • The people

    As you can see from this picture, the clothing in the village was not very new and modern. We had brought with us a huge bag of old clothes that we no longer wanted, and this was very gratefully received in the village. This particular young woman took a shine to David, and walked around the entire village holding his hand. It was very hard to...

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