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The Roots Trip

James Island Photo,

This trip up-river to the land of Alex Haley's saga, 'Roots', is a great day out. The day starts with a long lazy cruise to the ancient Trading Station of Albreda, famous in the slaving days with its flagpole which was once believed to guarantee freedom to any slave who touched it, after escaping from James Island which is close by.

A fifteen minute walk takes you to the village of Juffere where Kunta Kinteh of Roots fame is said to have been born.
On the way back to Banjul we stopped in the estuary for a swim and were lucky enough to be joined by some dolphins.

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