Njawara Cultural Camp
The camp is situated right in the middle of the village under big Mango and Cotton trees. There are five smaller round houses and two VIP-houses that can accommodate 20-30 persons and toilet and shower facilities separate. The restaurant and bar can cater for 50 persons where traditional food and cold drinks are being served. The villagers can offer you a cultural experience, with their old Griot tradition. The Griots are traditional musicians and storytellers and the Secka, Marr and Saine families are big names in the region. In Njawara you can also experience the every day life in a multi ethnic society.
Berefet Cultural Camp
The Berefet village has together with ECCO Gambia built a beautiful camp on the River Bank. The houses are made of hard-wood cut for the fire-alleys in the community forest, all the houses have electric light and running water. The camp management are working on constructing an artificial beach for the guests to have a chance to swim during their spare-time. Berefet Village consist mainly of Mandinkas and Djolas and they are a very well functioning community when it comes to securing sound developments for all members.
Tumani Tenda Katchokor Eco-Tourism Camp
This was ECCO`s first sustainable cultural camp, the camp is situated outside the Tumani Tenda Village on the banks of the river. There are five houses that can accommodate 20-30 persons and a house with toilet- and shower facilities, down by the river you find the bar and restaurant area where you can buy cold drinks and traditional Djola food. Tumani Tenda is a typical Djola village and consists of five large families, including one Manjaco family. The Tumani Tenda camp has been developing links with the tourism industry in The Gambia and is now a part of several national tour-operators` alternative trips. The camp and its management are members of Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET), and they have through generating of funds renovated the camp in order to fit into tourism Authorities` requirements for operation.
The sustainable concept
The concept of the full community ownership is materialised through the dividing of the income. 50% goes to salaries to the camps staffs, 25% goes to the upkeep of the camp, 25% goes to the Village Development Fund managed by the VDC. This is an example on how to create income to a community through cultural activities and cultural education.
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