Janjangbureh overview

Located on McCarthy Island on the River Gambia, Janjangbureh or Janjanbureh was founded in 1823 as a settlement for freed slaves by Captain Alexander Grant. Originally known as Georgetown until 1995, it was only accessible by ferry until July 2010 when a 100m span bridge was opened, linking the south bank of McCarthy Island to the Sankulay Kunda village on the mainland.

Janjangbureh is a quiet sleepy town, which provides an escape for the country’s president to take some time off the day to day running of affairs of the state. The town is as rustic as it gets and the atmosphere is calm and peaceful as locals go about their daily lives.

At present, there is not much to see in Janjangbureh in terms of outlandish buildings or spectacular monuments. However, it is a good place to head to if you want to shut out the world and ignore civilization for a while. Eco tourism is a good reason for a trip to Janjangbureh, especially on the Gambia River.

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The quiet sleepy island town of Janjangbureh, formerly known as Georgetown is as rustic as it gets and the atmosphere is calm and peaceful as the locals go about their daily lives. There is not much to feast the eyes on, in terms of exquisite attractions and breathtaking natural or manmade wonders. However, Janjangbureh is a great place for eco-tourism and a good escape from the hustle and bustle of an urban city like Banjul. Some attractions in Janjangbureh include the Presidential Lodge – unfortunately pictures of the place are not allowed. Other points of interest are River Gambia, the underground Slave Museum, Freedom Tree (Foroyaa Yiro), Ruins of CFAO Building, and Armitage Senior Secondary School which was established in 1927.

Food and Drinks in Janjangbureh

Outside of the lodges and available accommodations, there are a few local restaurants in the town offering good food. There are a couple of Lebanese and Indian merchants operating shops where one can easily buy supplies, groceries, cold drinks and snacks. Nightlife is down to the barest outside the lodges where people can hang around to play snooker and some games, while getting some drinks and music plays in the background. Most of the few available restaurants operates from 11am and shut down at 9pm.

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