The transportation to LABE cost 10,000 GF each (plus bags). From there you get transport to PITA, costing 3500 GF each. Once in Pita a car can take you to DOUCKI for 5,000 GF.
At Doucki, you can get tours from Hassan in a variety of hikes (see below). He charges 20,000GF per person per night. Well worth it! If you choose to get public transportation back to The Gambia you must backtrack to Labe. From there you must hire a local taxi to take you to the garage park for Gambia. The ride back from Labe was 19 hours long, costing 40,000GF each, and took all night and morning. They dropped us off as close as they could and we had to flag down a vehicle to take us to Velingara to get back to Basse.
Both The Hike and Doucki are well worth the trip, the expense, and the days off. We each took 13 days off total for our trip. The costs varies, but I brought $200 for the two weeks and had money left over. At Basse the money was split up into three curriences ($83 = 2,490 Dalasis; $72 = 160,000 Guinean Franc; $45 = 25,000 CFA) and those proportions worked well.
Enjoy your trip!
Who is Hassan Bah?Enjoy Doucki and enjoy getting to know Hassan and his family!
Hassan Bah, your host and tour guide during your stay in Doucki, was born in 1962 in Sierra Leone. His family’s roots are in Guinea, though, and his father was born and raised in Doucki. In addition to completing high school in Sierra Leone (where his teachers included Peace Corps Volunteers), Hassan also earned an auto mechanics certification.
Leaving Sierra Leone in 1983, Hassan worked in hospitality for the Zaire Embassy in Mauritania for just over a year and in the process learned French. He then embarked for the Canary Islands where he spent the next 7 years as sea-going mechanic. His seaman’s life gave him the opportunity to travel to Morocco and Norway, as well as to learn Spanish (his favorite language).
In 1992, Hassan joined his family, who had since resettled in Doucki. He began his work as a community health agent at this time, educating himself in disease prevention through reading. In addition to health education, Hassan regularly visits Doucki’s valley, where he provides medicine to those with very limited access to health resources.
In 1998, Hassan met Adam Lebou, a Peace Corps Volunteer working in Donghol Touma Center, 13 kilometers from Doucki. Adam later moved to Doucki, where he built the hut that many Doucki guests stay in during their visit. The seeds for Hassan’s tourism business were planted when he gave Adam and many of his Peace Corps friends and American guests hiking tours of Doucki. Word of Hassan’s hospitality and Doucki’s beauty spread, and now Hassan welcomes visitors throughout the year.
Hassan’s family is also an integral part of his tourism efforts. Brother Theirno Maju coordinates transportation from Doucki’s carrefour. Brother Abdoulrahim is an assistant tour guide as is his nephew, Alhassane. Also critical to Doucki’s success are the chefs! Hassan’s wife, Moimouna, mother, Oumar Sudo and sister-in-law, Mamadou Binta prepare the meals. One can easily predict that Hassan’s son, Mamadou Taibou, born in 2000, will grow up hiking!
Hassan’s vision for your stay is for you to feel “at home, man” and to be part of the community. He greatly enjoys visiting with his guests and not only during the hikes, but also while just relaxing in the hammocks, exchanging ideas and experiences.
The Grand Canyon (Leye – Sere)
4km Round-Trip. Easy Hike but with some steep terrain A must-see, especially if you only have an hour or so to spare!
The Valley (Eiendeh)
20km Round-Trip. Count on a maximum of 3 hours to hike down. Difficult hike. Especially beautiful in the rainy season when the Kokulo River is full.
Hyena’s Rock (Tountin Bonodji)
4km Round-Trip. Easy Hike. Lots of large rock formations to discover and name.
The Bob Marley Stage (Fawre Kare)
14 km Round-Trip. A moderate hike, which brings you about half-way down into Doucki’s valley. Features waterfalls, stunning overlooks and a small cave. Good camping spot.
Chutes n’ Ladders (Balan)
16 km Round Trip. Difficult hike! Not for the faint of heart or foot! Most beautiful in the rainy season but also the most challenging – slippery ladders! It will bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
Vulture’s Rock (Petteh Djiga)
9km Round-Trip. Easy hike with a dramatic waterfall and rock formations. Enjoy a refreshing swim between the months of June and December!
Indiana Jones World (Chanji)
5km Round-Trip. Moderate to difficult hike, depending on the Indi in you! A trip into Doucki’s rainforest – swing on vines, crawl between boulders and enjoy a swirl in the Jacuzzi pool!
Wet n’ Wild (Sampirin)
13 km Round-Trip. An easy but long hike. Water, water, water! Lots of fun whether you want a long swim or just to get your feet wet. Meet King-Kong along the way.
The Caves (Lento)
8km Round-Trip, moderate hike. A limestone world of rock formations. Peer into and/or explore (if you dare!) caves of various dimensions.