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Tendaba camp proprietor speaks

Sep 6, 2010, 3:42 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

(Friday 3 September 2010 Issue)
Sarjo Touray proprietor of the famous Tendaba Camp in the Kiang Central District of the Lower River Region has been recalling how Tendaba Camp started in 1972 with a Swedish national. This was when the Maria ship ferried tourists from Banjul to Tendaba Camp. 

Then the former Radio Syd would usually announce that the Maria ship was leaving for Tendaba Camp, most times with as many as 50 tourists.

This was how tourists were informed, and got to know how to come to Tendaba Camp.

According to Mr. Touray, tour operators also brought tourists to the provincial camp, which has several facilities.

These include 150 beds, a bar and restaurant, swimming pool, organises a Jeep safari to the Kiang West National Park and other parks in the country, boat trips, bird watching, holds nightly African entertainment, and a conference hall with facilities for 150 persons.

Mr. Touray said he employs 45 Gambians, both male and female, from across the country, including his camp drummers who entertain guests.

He thanked the Gambia government, UN agencies such as UNICEF, NGOs such as the family planning association, AATG, the National Assembly and all sectors in the country for always patronising Tendaba Camp.