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Interesting place, emotional

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
JeniF19
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Ile Gorée

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thomas M
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  • Average11%
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“slave trade”(53 reviews)
“slave house”(27 reviews)
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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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+221 33 849 61 61
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank JeniF19
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a must see on the island of Goree. We had a wonderful tour guide who outlined the history of the place and the story of Goree in English. There is also a small exhibit in what used to be the guest house,...More

Thank travelgirl179
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am one of the African Americans that have been fortunate enough to trace my roots back to Senegal. To enter the House of Slaves was a somber but yet proud moment. The conditions that my ancestors were kept under yet were strong enough to...More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This experience will forever be in my heart. A real first-hand view of what the citizens of Africa went through when they were captured and sent to America in the days of the slave trade. The visit to the slave quarters was very quiet and...More

1  Thank Jan S
Reviewed August 15, 2018

a short trip by ferry takes you to this island and a tourist guide will share with you the very interesting albeit macabre details of the slave trade on a past era.

Thank Terence T
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Translated in English as “The House of Slaves” this is the last point before slaves were shipped from Africa to America and Europe. You can see where slaves were held, auctioned and the “door of no return” where thousands of slaves were taken from Goree...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

The guide Bababcar a inhabitant of the was very good. We had a visit in French. It was very moving. Only thing negative . The tourists tend to behave like it is disney land. The inhabitants of the Island would appreciate more respect .

1  Thank Sophia N
Reviewed August 7, 2018

You choose your own guide and pay him as much as you want. They explain you every single aspect of the life of a slave, explain which rooms were used for whom and how slaves were treated. Walking around in the House of Slaves, you'll...More

2  Thank Masha_S2
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Do read up on the controversy around the story of this place before you go, but once you are there you can appreciate it as a powerful symbol

2  Thank DinaN50
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Najwa D
March 7, 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
January 17, 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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March 14, 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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