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Serekunda

Point of Interest

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Makasutu Culture Forest

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Serekunda Market

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Batik Factory

Bundung Mosque

Bundung Mosque

 

History
The former village of Serrekunda market town (also spelt Serekunda) is the Gambia’s largest town, and its name means the ‘home of the Sayer family’ (Sayer Kunda), named after its 19th century founder, Sayerr Jobe, a Wolof royal from Koki, Senegal. Serrekunda has a population of about 390,000, and is 13km to the southwest of the capital, Banjul. It is actually made up of nine villages which have merged into an urban sprawl, that incorporates the villages of Latrikunda, Dippa Kunda, Bundung and London Corner, and effectively forms the Kanifing LGA, in the Kombo St. Mary District. The urban settlement is about 3 kilometres inland from the coastal resorts of Kololi and Kotu.

Makasutu Culture Forest
Makasutu Culture Forest is a private, ecotourism woodland reserve in the Kombo Central District, of the West Coast Region of The Gambia in West Africa. The woodland is 5 kilometres to the northeast of Brikama town, and is directly south of the Banjul capital. The nature park has a land area of 405 hectares (1,000 acres) and encompasses the Mandina Bolong, a tributary of the Gambia River. The protected wilderness is a pristine expanse of riverine, palm and hardwood-forest, mangrove creek, savanna and salt-flat ecosystems.

Serekunda Market
The Gambia’s commercial centre and heart of the town is said to have been originally started by several women regularly setting up their stalls by a dirt path selling a few fresh vegetables and dried fish. As time went by other local food sellers joined them and it subsequently grew into the bustling market it is today. It has now effectively spread out to encompass nearly all the nearby roads leading into the market area and many of their side streets. Pavements merge into the road with pedestrians dominating half the road on either side, letting vehicles through occasionally.

Batik Factory
The batik factory is very closed to the serekunda market and this is the place where the make tye and dye materials.
It is cheap and you can have a range of materials like table cloth with napkins, bed sheets, rap-rounds etc.

Paper Recycling Skills Project
One place worth visiting is the Paper Recycling Skills Project (PRSP) in Fajikunda. You can buy various paper products; and any profits generated goes back into the community. PRSP is located a little further south of Serrekunda’s centre, in the ‘Craft Village’, in Fajikunda, near Latrikunda. It was founded in 2001 by May Rooney, an English artist, to create job opportunities and training, support education projects and encourage a recycling culture in The Gambia, the project produces attractive, handmade paper, school exercise books and covers, cards, albums and lampshades and more from discarded materials. Profit is used to buy school equipment and other community items. In early 2012 the charity launched a biomass recycling research and training centre at Fajikunda–Abuko. It involves creating doughnut briquettes made from waste paper and waste agricultural materials to be used as an alternative fuel in cooking stoves. This was set up to support the local community in enhancing their capacity to better preserve and protect the country’s forest areas.

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