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This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
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Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting Dakar for the first time then for sure you will be heading here. I strongly suggest working with a local guide and ensuring that you can arrange for a guided tour. You MUST have the curator guide you through otherwise the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learn about the history and experience yourself the horribel conditions of millions of people. This was the place where they stayed the last days on their continent. The island of Goree stood full of these houses and it is the symbol of slavery.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very interesting and humbling visit to see the maison des esclaves with my friends, to see how the poor living conditions and the upper areas stark contrast and the horrific trades that passed through here with slaves. The island of goree was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely an eye opening experiencing touring this site especially as an African American. You should definitely have a plan as far as tour guides going in, because you will be hounded to pay for a tour guide. We had a guide "Poppy" and he was...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Brandon A
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Grab a taxi to the ile de Goree ferry terminal at Dakar port. The ferry cost is 5200 CFA for adults and 2700 CFA for kids. The ticket has a bar code which needs to be scanned at the turnstile. There is an ID check...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank liverpool1023
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Goree Island, in spite of what its function was for a significant part of its history, is a very pretty island of only 100m by 200m. But behind its pleasant facade, it was one of the most significant slave processing areas on the African Continent....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We went to see the historical island in Senegal Africa 20 minutes off the coast of Dakar via ferry. Where many salves were shipped off to other parts of the world to be sold as salves. Heart wrenching stories, beautiful historical buildings in their original...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Patricia N
Reviewed 28 September 2018

I'm morally opposed to tell people something is a "must do," but people really should go here. You learn so much about what happened to the people kidnapped from their homes, dragged across the ocean and sold into slavery.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Misha1by
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Must-do expérience. Most information in French. The island is really nice to visit also for a break from Dakar.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JeniF19
Reviewed 18 September 2018

I have been twice and it is thoroughly worth both visits. Try and arrive early an be inside before group tours arrive.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Najwa D
7 March 2018|
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Response from seed37 | Reviewed this property |
You can actually travel to the island on the ferry. Just ask the cab driver to drop you at the ferry. Be sure to check the ferry timetable. And allow half an hour before ferry departure since there are plenty of security and... More
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travelbug1956pa
17 January 2018|
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Response from WanderingTom2008 | Reviewed this property |
I got to the dock at 9AM and got to the island before 1000. I was the first to the Maison des Esclaves. I got a private guide and was done before the crowd. I had to bring my passport. They did not accept drivers license.
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15 March 2017|
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Response from PABADOU | Reviewed this property |
about 30 minutes by cab. suggest you call a company called "pick me +221781169691 or +221338250111". very clean air con wifi cars. take you to the port from airport usd 10. last boat from goree is not at 4pm . you can even... More
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