Ecotourism on the agenda for the Gambian Tourism Minister

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Fatou Mass Jobe Nije, the minister of Tourism and Culture for Gambia, and her delegation, continued her pre-season tour of tourism facilities in the country Tuesday with a visit to Makasutu Culture Forest in Kembujeh, West Coast Region.

Upon arrival at Makasutu, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie and delegation were taken on a tour of the eco-tourism facility by its managing director.

Facilities available include floating house, jungle house and stilted house among other things.

The houses are built on top of the river, which is about one-and-half meter deep and surrounded by mangroves. According to Williams, Makasutu Culture Forest was designed according to the environment to make any visitor to this place feel the real nature.

The managing director also narrated how work started in the forest over 20 years ago, till it was transformed into what it is today. Their activities include proper Gambian cooking, palm wine tapping, and bird watching, among other fulltime cultural activities.

The minister and her delegation then sailed from Makasutu to Sitanunku in Upper Niumi through a boat named the Blue Albatross Gambia to visit the Sutununku Lodge in the North Bank of the River Gambia, about an hour sail from Makasutu.

The clean and colourful lodge was founded in 2010 and since then has been witnessing lots of activities like fishing, tackle and bait, bird watching walks with guides, access to Dog Island which is opposite the camp, visiting and transporting to local Sitanunku village.

Among the facilities in use are shore angling and sportive canoe fishing, local pirogue boat, among other activities.

To round up the tour of the clean and friendly lodge, the managing director, Marcel Hendrickx, who is also the vice chairman of GHA and Tourism Marketing Committee Working with Authority and World Bank introduced minister Jobe-Njie and entourage round the wonderful and mouth-watering cuisines.

He thanked the minister and delegation for having time to check on Sutununku Lodge to know how well prepared they are for the tourism season.

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