gambia roots


 Day 1, May 4, 2016:

Arrive Charlotte Airport (CLT) in time to check in for United Airlines flight 521, departing at 10:20 a.m. for Chicago, arriving at 11:19 a.m. Connect with UA flight 333 departing Chicago at 1:25 p.m. and arriving Dulles International International Airport/Washington, D.C. (IAD)at 4:14 p.m.   Connect with South African Airways (SA) flight 208 departing to Dakar at 5:40 p.m.

Day 2, May 5th: Goree Island

Arrive Dakar at 6:30 a.m. After assistance through customs and immigrations by our local representatives, you will be transferred to the Novotel Hotel in downtown Dakar. After checking into your rooms, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the hotel restaurant and relax the remainder of the morning. After lunch on your own, you will depart for the harbour to board the ferry to Goree Island. Goree Island is the infamous departure point where for three centuries several million African slaves were shipped to the Americas. Visit the Slave House & the historical museum of Ifan. Then stroll through the narrow streets of Goree where you will see many colonial houses with their original balconies. After enjoying lunch at one of the seaside restaurants, you will board the ferry for the return ride to Dakar.                                   


Overnight at Novotel Hotel. B

Day 3, May 6th: Banjul/Roots Festival Welcome

After breakfast at 6:00 a.m. the hotel, depart the hotel at 7:00 a.m. to transfer to Banjul in a 25 seater air conditioned bus. Arrive at the border to have your passports checked for visas to The Gambia. After crossing the border into The Gambia, proceed to the ferry and the capital city of Banjul. Check into Laico Atlantic Hotel. In the evening depart at 7:00 for the official Festival welcome reception and dinner, “Night of the Griots” at the Ebunjan Theater location in Kanifing.

Overnight at Laico Atlantic Hotel. B

Day 4, May 7th: Official Festival Opening

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for the Official Opening of the 12th Edition of the International Roots Festival, presided by His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhagi Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Enjoy and participate in the carnival procession of masquerades and cultural groups. Later that evening a Musical Jamboree is scheduled in the Independence Stadium Bakau featuring local and international artists.

Overnight at Laico Atlantic Hotel. B

Day 5, May 8th: City Tour of Banjul

After breakfast at your hotel depart for a city tour of Banjul,

capital city of The Gambia, a former British colony. Visit the historical museum, the Anglican Church, the huge Alberta Market, colorful with medicinal herbs, colorful tie dye fabrics, etc. Continue on to visit places of cultural interest including the

National Museum, Kachikally, the sacred Crocodile Bakau. In the afternoon enjoy visual arts, a craft exhibition, cultural entertainment and shopping at the Bakadaji Hotel grounds in Kotu.

Overnight at Laico Atlantic Hotel. B

Day 6, May 9th: Roots Pilgrimage

After breakfast you will depart for the Roots Pilgrimage, a day’s journey by road and by boat to the villages of Juffureh, Albreda, and Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly James Island, where you will meet the village elders and the Kinteh family. The day’s pilgrimage will also include a visit to other sites of historical importance including the Slavery Museum.

Accommodations at Laico Atlantic Hotel. BL

Day 7, May 10th: FUTAMPAF

After breakfast, depart from your hotel and drive straight to Kanilai Village, Foni Kansala for FUTAMPAF, the full day’s Rites of Passage, wherein you will be adopted by a Gambian family and become a Gambian citizen. FUTAMPAF is a Jola initiation ceremony hosted by His Excellency The President of The Republic of The Gambia. Gambian names will be given to initiates, cultural dances and kumpo masquerades will be featured.

Dinner and overnight at Kanilai Village. BL

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Day 8, May 11th: Symposium, African Gala Dinner & Awards

After breakfast depart in the early morning for return trip to Banjul. A symposium will be held at Kairaba Beach Hotel featuring various national and international speakers.

In the evening, enjoy an African Gala Dinner—The Taste of Africa—and Awards Night at Senegambia Beach Hotel Garden.

Overnight at Laico Atlantic Hotel. BD

 Day 9, May 12th: Depart for Dakar

After breakfast check out of the hotel by 12:00 noon, transfer to the ferry ad begin your drive back to Dakar. Upon arrival in Dakar, check into Hotel.

Overnight at Novotel Hotel in Dakar. B

Day 10, May 13th: City Sightseeing in Dakar

After breakfast check depart for a tour of the city, visiting

Interesting sites such as the IFAN African Ancient Arts Museum, and pass through Independence Square, stopping by the Presidential house and the National Parliament; continuing on to visit the African Renaissance Monument, stopping by the sand painting gallery, Soumbedioune Handicraft Center and Kermel market etc.

Enjoy Dinner in a local restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste one of the Senegalese national dishes.

Overnight at Novotel Hotel. BD

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Day 11, May 14th: Day of Leisure in Dakar

After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure, exploring the city on your own or relaxing at poolside. Check out of the Hotel by noon and be prepared for pick up and airport transfer at 10:00 p.m.

Day 12, May 15th: Departure Home

Check in and depart via your South African Airways flight 207 departing Dakar at 1:55 a.m., arriving Dulles at 6:25 a.m. Connect with United flight 6234 departing IAD at 10:00 p.m. and arriving Charlotte at 11:24 p.m.



  • Roundtrip International Airfare IAD/DKR
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare CLT/IAD
  • Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Dakar
  • Roundtrip Ground transportation to Banjul
  • Ferry crossing fees in Banjul
  • All tours as noted in Dakar (City and Goree Island)
  • Registration to the Roots Festival & all Festival Activities
  • Breakfast Daily and other meals as noted in itinerary
  • English speaking guide in Dakar and assistance in Banjul.


  • Meals Not mentioned
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Gratuities/tips for drivers, guides and hotel
  • Any Visa Fees
  • (Travel Insurance is recommended and available through Henderson Travel Service.)

TOUR COST for a Minimum of 15 to 25 passengers:

NET Per Person based on Double Occupancy = $3,275.00

NET Single Supplement: $300.00

Note: All 2016 rates are subject to change.











Novotel: 4*

Avenue A.Fadiga

BP : 20 73

Tel: 22 33 849 6161

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Laico Atlantic Hotel

Tel: (to be provided)





HENDERSON TRAVEL SERVICE, 7961 Eastern Avenue, Suite 301, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301)650-5700 EXT. 504













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