Basse Santa-su – Janjanbureh

Locals by the rivers edge

Trip Summary

Basse Santa Su to Janjanbureh

4-day / 3-night residential river adventure (Sleeping onboard the Fula Princess). Full Board.

Group Size: 1 – 4 guests (unless by special arrangement)

From: Basse Santa Su to Janjanbureh

Via: Diabugu Tendala, Sami Karantaba and Bansang

Cost – 4 people is £1620 ( £405 each )

3 people – £1575 ( £525 each )

2 people – £1530 ( £765 each )

1 person – £1485

Basse Santa-Su – Janjanbureh

Janjanbureh – Basse Santa-Su


Day 1: 

Join the Fula Princess in Basse Santa Su, the most Easterly town on the river in Gambia at 1 pm. After lunch take a stroll around the town and Basse’s bustling market or relax onboard and watch the world go by. Basse is jokingly referred to as ‘The Vegas of the East’ and has a number of bars that offer a very local experience for adventurous visitors who would like an evening out. Sleep onboard the Fula Princess near Basse.

Day 2: 

After breakfast, you will cruise West to Diabugu Tendala, a two-compound village located on the river bank at a local crossing point. Diabugu Tendala is very ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and you will receive a traditionally warm welcome with drumming and dancing. You will also meet the silversmith and perhaps see him at work with his hand-bellowed furnace. Sleep around Diabugu Tendala.

Day 3:

Depart Diabugu Tendala after breakfast and head to Sami Karantaba where you will disembark and visit the small memorial to Mungo Park, who famously camped there in preparation for his explorations inland. Return to the Fula Princess and head on to Janjanbureh, calling in at Bansang on the way if you wish to visit the market. Your evening meal can either be served onboard the Fula Princess or at a local restaurant. Sleep around Janjanbureh.

Day 4:

After breakfast, take a walk around the town and visit the Kankurang Centre, an exhibition dedicated to the West African masquerade culture, and if you wish, try one of our optional activities. Check-out is at 12pm.

Notes on Road Transport

Janjanbureh is approximately 4 – 5 hours from the coastal resorts of Gambia. Book your taxi with us for £140.

Basse Santa Su is approximately 6 hours from the coastal resorts of Gambia. Book your taxi with us for £190 and we will collect you from your hotel on the Gambian coast and call into Tendaba camp for lunch and a small boat trip into Baobolong Wetlands, arriving in Basse at around 5 pm.

If you are arriving from or departing to somewhere other than the coastal resorts of Gambia please ask for more information about road transport.

Optional Activities in Janjanbureh:

Kayaking: Two to three-hour guided excursion. £30 per person.

Bird Watching: Two to three-hour guided walk with highly-rated local birder Bakary Manneh, at one of a choice of local sites. From £50 per group. 

Local historical tour: With one of the trained and licensed tour guides. £10 per person.

Speed boat ride: Half an hour around the Island in the Karalou. £80 for up to 4 people.

Tigerfish fishing: Three hours of trolling for the famous African Tigerfish at one of our local fishing sites. £100 for up to two people. Includes equipment hire.

Riverbank fishing: Equipment hire. £10 per rod per day

Silversmithing Experience: Try your hand at silversmithing with local smith, Papa Cham at his hand-bellowed furnace. £20 per person including handmade souvenirs.

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