Situated on the edge of lush MacCarthy Island in the middle of the Gambia River, Georgetown (or Janjanbureh) is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. A former colonial administrative centre, it was founded in 1823 as a settlement for freed slaves. These days, Georgetown’s small local industry is centred on rice and groundnut collection, products which are still shipped downriver as they have been for centuries. There is not much other infrastructure in Georgetown. However the meandering bush and wetland scenery provides quite a bit for nature lovers, and an awful lot for bird lovers.