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Jinack Island

Listed under Islands in Senegal.

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Africa is undeniably a harsh and difficult continent to survive in and this is the reason why many find it such a beguiling place to visit. Jinack Island is yet to be ‘discovered’ by tourism, and lacks amenities such as electricity, running water and cars, so is a more authentic Africa. Approximately 15km long and 2km wide, Jinack Island is a sand spit running parallel to the coast, which becomes detached at high water. One side of the island has one of the most beautiful beaches in Gambia, with relatively safe swimming, while the other side is a maze of mangrove creeks or ‘bolongs’.

The northern tip of the island crosses the Senegalese border. The island is part of Nuimi National Park and both the Gambian and Senegalese governments are working together to make sure the conservation area is protected and that the leopards, hyena, monkeys and hump-backed dolphins can continue to survive alongside visitors.

Written by  John Johnston.

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