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Juffureh is a small town in the Gambia on the North Bank of the Gambia River, most famous as the reputed origin of Alex Haley's ancestor Kunta Kinte, as described in Haley's novel Roots.


Get in[edit]

Map of Juffureh

The ferry to Barra from Banjul goes about twice an hour and take 40 minutes. Juffureh is a short ride away.

Get around[edit]


Monument against slavery
  • The Slave Museum, Juffareh. Free.
  • Slave monument, Juffareh.
CFAO building
  • CFAO building, Juffareh.
Kunta Kinteh Island
  • 1 Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island) (In the river off Juffareh). As an important historical site in the West African slave trade, it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Albreda, Juffureh and Fort Bullen. Kunta Kinteh Island is suffering heavy erosion, and is now approximately 1/6 of the size during the time when the British slave-trading fort was active. Ruins of several of the British administrative buildings (including a single cell, apparently used to house the most troublesome captives), a small jetty and a number of skeletal baobab trees remain. Kunta Kinteh Island (Q213188) on Wikidata Kunta Kinteh Island on Wikipedia
  • Fort Jilifree




  • Restaurant (at the pier). Serves mostly chicken and fish with rice. D200.




Go next[edit]

  • Karang and the Fathala Reserve in Senegal are just north of the North Bank.

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