"Wassu Stone Circles" Wassu by johnsakura

Wassu Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 19 photos

The stone circles

This is an important pre historic place in the Gambia, but of course no Stonehenge. This is a circle of stones that seems to date from 1300AD to 750AD by some analisys made to found carbon. It seems that vefore the stones were actually there, the place was sacred and used to make rituals and used like a buriel site.

The red highway

This is the begining of the well know "Red Highway" in Gambia. The dirt is dark red, that along with the strong green of the surrounding vegetation create an astonishing view.
The road starts on the North Bank in Lamin Koto and goes all the way to Kerawan and Barra (port to get to Banjul the capital).
From the North Bank coming from Janjanbureh (aka Georgetown) there is about 20km of road.

The river Gambia

The river Gambia separates the country in 2 different part, The North and South bank. Here on the picture you see the coast of Janjabureh or Georgetown. I got the boat (1000CFA) to Lamin Koto during the morning to head west to Banjul, passing Wassu, Kuntaur and Kerawan. All the way on the "Red Highway".
The river extends all the way to Senegal and Guine, and has only in Gambia almost 380km long.

  • Last visit to Wassu: Apr 2004
  • Intro Written May 28, 2004
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2005 at 6:49 AM

    A long way to go to see some stones. Thanks for sharing.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 8:46 AM

    The red highway really lives up to its name. I wonder how many local theories there are about the significance of the stone circles. Very interesting.

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2004 at 6:26 AM

    Interesting place, that road has some fascinating colors, so red ans so green...

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2004 at 10:39 AM

    Nice page of these interesting and fascinating stone circles of Wassu !!!

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