The Gambia, popularly known as the smiling coast, is situated on the beautiful West African Coast between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. It is a narrow strip of land on either side of The Gambia River from which this remarkable country of friendly peoples derived its name. Banjul, its capital city, is just 6-7 hours away from major European capitals and 4 hours from Lagos or Accra. The famous and historical village of JUFFUREH, the ancestral home of Kunta Kinteh and of Roots is located in The Gambia, about 18 kilometres from Banjul at the estuary of the great Kambi Bolong (River Gambia). The Sahelian climate is marked by a long, dry and cool winter season beginning in November and a short, hot, and wet summer season from early July to mid October. The average temperature for the summer is 27 degrees centigrade (81 F). There is usually however, a guarantee of at least six hours of daily sunshine even at the peak of the rainy season. Of course it does not rain every day and of late the rains have not been starting in earnest until the last week of June continuing to mid October.