The Roots sites are a popular destination for tourists in The Gambia. This is due to Alex Haley’s novel Rootsfrom the 1970s. “Roots” paints a dramatic picture of the slave trade of that time and the living conditions faced by the slaves. These are the years in which the story of Haley’s ancestor Kunta Kinte Gambian over five generations and two continents took place. The rousing family chronicle became an international bestseller and was even filmed in the 1970s.

Search for clues in Albreda and Juffureh

Albreda and Juffureh
Albreda and Juffureh

Today, visitors flock from around the world to Juffureh, the home village Kunta Kintes, one hand searching for one’s roots, on the other hand of historical interest. The village is located about 32 km upstream from Banjul, on the north bank of the Gambia River.
From Banjul from traveling most tourists by boat. After landing at the former trading post Albreda put visitors still a 15-minute walk back before they arrive in the village Juffureh. In museum of slavery, they have the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information on the subject before they are received by the village elder and out through the village.

Kunta Kinteh Island

Finally, is usually a visit to the island Kunta Kinteh Island (also called James Island) on the program. The island provides a comprehensive insight into the former fortifications, from where the slaves were downriver managed and subsequently deported to the United States.



The International Roots Festival in May offers visitors from around the world the unique opportunity to learn more about the history of the Gambia and immerse themselves in African culture. The Festival of African fellowmen leads from around the world in search of their roots on an emotional and spiritual journey to Gambia. Cultural events of different ethnic groups, traditional mask dances, drum concerts and boat races and excursions to historic sites in the country and the annual pilgrimage to the starting points of the slave trade are on the agenda.