Explore Gambia culture

David, founder of Footsteps
David, founder of Footsteps

If exploring the history and culture of the places you visit is what excites and drives you, this itinerary Gambia culture week is for you!

The Gambia has a wealth of tribal and colonial history. During your “culture week” you will meet with tribal elders, see traditional ceremonies and visit our nation’s capital city of Banjul.

What to expect?

This is not one of those tours where you are jumping on and off a big bus. No, this is a much more immersive experience. In groups of between 2 and 6 people, you are guided by our local expert Lamin. This means you can spend more time in the places you love. And get right into the heart and soul of The Gambia.

Let’s take a quick look!

Gambia’s culture is rich and diverse. It has been colonised more than once, first by the Portuguese, during which time it was known as A Gâmbia. This is when the trade in human slaves began and was famously documented in Alex Hayley’s novel “Roots”. Later, in 1765, the Gambia was made a part of the British Empire and remained so under its protection for 200 yrs when it gained independence.

Banjul is its capital city, a bustling vibrant hub that is home to Gambia’s port, national museum, and also Albert Market, the largest in a country where everything from spices to fine tailoring can be found.

Gunjur has its own museum which we have been supporting since its start and is a must-see while at Footsteps.

Likewise, we lay on the edge of one of Gambia’s largest villages, Gunjur. It is home to 18,000 residents and has several schools, a vibrant daily market, and lots of local shops selling everything from candles to local meat pies.

  • View of Banjul
  • Banjul
  • Gambia culture week
  • Lamin's museum
  • Gambia culture week
  • Gunjur with Sarani
  • Gunjur
  • Gunjur Village shop
  • Smokehouse
  • Traditional wrestling
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  • Gambia culture week
  • Gambia culture

Gunjur also has its own vibrant busy fishing centre where fishermen bring their Bonga fish catch to be smoked, straight from the smoker it’s really delicious!

Senegal and Gambia share a rich and complicated history. But one thing has survived to the present day and that is the art of traditional wrestling. Each Sunday there is an exhibition of these skills down the coast aways at Sanyang.

Your itinerary and what you get!

On your days out lunch is provided as well as all entrance fees, transport, & guide!

The Gambia culture week itinerary!

  • Day1 – Welcome to your “Gambia Culture Week

  • Arrive from the airport to Footsteps, settle in and grab your welcome drink, a freshly squeezed juice. Now to meet your guide for the week Lamin. He has worked with Footsteps for the past 13 years. And has more than 20 years of experience as a nature and tour guide. He will talk through your itinerary for the week and personalise it for your enjoyment.

  • 2 –Gunjur local village tour, fishing centre & lamins museum

  • After a leisurely breakfast, In our vehicle, take a short 10-minute drive to the local village of Gunjur. Lamin will be your personal guide today. You will visit a local compound to see the first-hand day-to-day life of a family in The Gambia. Visit a local Mosque and meet tribal elders as well as spend some time in Gunjur’s marketplace. From there we rejoin our vehicle and travel to Gunjur’s fishing centre. Here you will have some lunch and see boats going out and coming in with their catch. Fishermen mend their nets on the beach and also visit a traditional working smokehouse. here you can taste some smoked Bonga, fresh from the smoker, delicious! Rejoin our vehicle and you’re off to Gunjur natural history museum. Lamin Bojang actually founded this museum to prevent local history from being lost to future generations. He is one of the foremost experts in the history and culture of Gunjur. Here you will learn about tribal & ceremonial customs. Even some ancient medicinal cures for anything from a verruca to sleepless nights. (5-6 hrs)

  • 3 – Capital city tour

  • After breakfast, a little further afield today. We drive approx 1hr 20 minutes to the capital city of Banjul. After finding a suitable place to park Lamin will be showing you the sights in Banjul. Not just the incredible Albert Market but also the real Banjul including some interesting architecture left over from colonial days. (6-7 hrs)

  • 4 – Rest & relax

  • By now you may want to explore on your own so today is yours, go out, stay in, relax, it’s up to you. 

  • 5 – Traditional music

  • Today music is in the air, we will be visiting one of Gambia’s most famous Kora musicians ( Griot, Jeli Yankuba Conteh ) at his academy. He will explain the cultural and historical importance of this amazing 21-stringed instrument and also play a special concert just for you.

  • 6 – Traditional wrestling

  • After a long day yesterday, we start a little later today by having a leisurely breakfast and the morning is yours till 11 am. Join David the founder of Footsteps for a beach walk/Q&A down to Sanyang approx 2 hrs. Our destination is paradise beach. And here we will enjoy some lovely fresh fish (or alternative) on the beach and see some traditional Gambian/Senegalese wrestling. If the walk seems too much, don’t worry you can go with our vehicle there and meet the walkers ready for lunch. Back to Footsteps by vehicle, no more walking today folks!
  • 7 – Rest & relax

  • 8 – Say your goodbyes & begin your journey home, we miss you already!

Prices & what’s included.

Dodou Touray
Dodou Touray

Single x 1 week £549
Included, lunch & entrance fees
Guides, transport

Buba Lowe
Buba Lowe

2 sharing x 1 week £469pp
Included, lunch & entrance fees
Guides, transport

Lamin Bojang
Lamin Bojang

3 sharing x 1 week £459pp
Included, lunch & entrance fees
Guides, transport

David, Founder of Footsteps
David, Founder of Footsteps

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