Jufureh & James Island
When Alex Haley, the American author of Roots, traced his origins to Jufureh, the tiny village quickly turned into a favourite tourist destination. There's little to see, though the small slavery museum, which traces slavery in The Gambia and includes a replica slave ship, is worth a visit. One of Gambia's most significant historical sights is James Island.
Baobolong Wetland Reserve & Kiang West National Park
The mangrove creeks and mud flats, dry woodland and grassland of Kiang West (admission US$1.10, payable at the parkheadquarters in Dumbuntu), The Gambia’s largest national park, are home to an extraordinary variety of species, including bushbabies, baboons, colobus monkeys, warthogs, marsh mongooses and bushbucks. Rarely sighted species include hyenas, dolphins and crocodiles.
Ten kilometres south of Sanyang lies the tranquil fishing village of Gunjur, one of The Gambia's largest fishing centres. This place is all about fish, guts and nets, though the Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group can introduce you to the ecological side of town, notably its community reserve and lagoon.