Cotton Trail Gambia
The Gambia is a country which its coast is often perceived as a smiling one. This is due to its glorious sunshine and fabulous narrow beaches along the Atlantic Coastline. Because of this some travellers only come to know about the Gambia for its scenery and that it’s the smallest country within the African continent. However, there’s more to the Gambia than the picturesque destination that is portrayed. Did you know, the Gambia used to be one of the leading countries in West Africa for cultivating cotton?
Over thirty years ago cotton was one of the staples of the Gambia. It was harvested and sales were made based on a fixed price per ton. Throughout time the industry became very competitive and lost out to its neighbour, Senegal. There was more opportunity in Senegal to grow greater quantities at reduced prices. Due to this competition, it’s caused the cotton industry in the Gambia to decline.
Here at Ethical Travel Portal, we delve deeper into the routes to see the underdogs behind the country who still work with cotton today. You will learn about the history all the way to its origins, where cotton is still grown, far East of Gambia. This journey will be truly authentic as you’ll greet the farmers, learn their way of life and how they cultivate cotton.
Moreover, you will progress and meet the inspirational women who spin the cotton and are very enthusiastic about the environment. This journey will round-up at an eco-lodge next to the enticing Gambian coastline. Throughout your time with us, you will discover the culture, learn from the local people’s way of living and their traditions. Likewise, your knowledge will be expanded of the River Gambia. Similarly, if you’re lucky you may befriend some chimpanzees and spot some exotic wildlife on the river.
- Stroll in the sun on the enchanting beach
- Handicraft workshop and meeting a weaver
- Witness the sensational scenery on the way to Janjanbareh
- Walk in the forest
- Witness a majestic sunrise over the river
- Visit JanJanbureh
- Meet the cotton farmers
- Learn about recycling and reusing art from the woman’s initiative
Interested? Enquire with us today. Want to know more? Click on the trip plan above for further information!
IncludedCotton Trail Gambia
Not IncludedLocal GuideTransportationDinnerLunchBed & Breakfast
Day 1: Arrive Gambia
Included: Airport pick up
Day 2: Meet the weaver and get hands-on
- Meeting with weaver and handicraft workshop.
Day 3: Get lost in the beautiful scenery of Georgetown
- Visit to horse and donkey centre
- Visit to WASSU Stone Circle
- Boat trip on the river
Day 4: Visit Basse and meet the farmers
- Meeting the farmers
- Learning about WASDA
Day 5: Get to know hands-on about the woman's initiative
- Visit to the woman's initiative
Day 6 - 8: Spend the rest of the week by the coast
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