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Janick Island: an Unspoilt Paradise in Gambia - Page 2

Written by Lies Ouwerkerk
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You may be picked up by motor boat from the capital of Gambia, Banjul, if the owner of Madiyana Safari Lodge happens to be in town. Though chances are you’ll have to find your way to this remote island by ferry, bush taxi, a pinasse boat, or perhaps … a donkey cart. Don’t let this discourage you; it will only add to your Robinson Crusoe experience!

 

Madiyana Safari Lodge, Janick Island: an Unspoilt Paradise in Gambia, travel Gambia, Banjul, Lies OuwerkerkThere are two villages on the Senegalese side of the island, and another two in The Gambia's most northern point. As you walk through the bush with your guide to each village, you’ll be amazed to see the extensive fields of marijuana plants. The fields are carefully tended to by most of the villagers, while the officials turn a blind eye, as it is their main source of income.

 

Madiyana Safari Lodge, Janick Island: an Unspoilt Paradise in Gambia, travel Gambia, Banjul, Lies OuwerkerkEach village is distinct and there are plenty to explore. You can visit a local school, a “hospital”, or just spend time getting to know the locals. All the villagers we met were friendly and seemed genuinely excited to have visitors.

 

The Gambia's main language is English, in contrast to the majority of West African countries where French is spoken. The Gambians also speak a several tribal languages.

 

While the West African franc (CFA) is used in most surrounding countries, the currency of The Gambia is the Dalasi (GMD).

Madiyana Safari Lodge, Janick Island: an Unspoilt Paradise in Gambia, travel Gambia, Banjul, Lies Ouwerkerk

For more information on how to get to Jinack Island or for reservations contact Paradise Tours at www.paradiseisland-gambia.com or Hidden Gambia at www.hiddengambia.com .

 

 

Lies Ouwerkerk

 

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