Safari Lodges in Gambia

Mandina lodge has been uniquely tailored for the sophisticated adventurer, looking for a first class eco retreat.

Four solar powered floating lodges and one stilted house are nestled into the privacy of the encompassing mangroves. Reached by elevated walkways or by dugout canoe – paddled by your own ‘man Friday’.

The lodges offer 180-degree views of the Mandina Bolong (an idyllic tributary off the main river Gambia). Each handcrafted wood lodge features a four-poster carved bed fitted with crisp white linens.

The en-suite eco-friendly bathroom with tiled shower, state of the art composting toilets and solar heated water, opens on to the mangroves for a truly unique bathing experience.

Fall asleep to the rhythmic sounds of the bush and awake to the distant call of the Muezzin from the neighbouring Kembujeh village.

Adji’s Lodge is located 150 metres from the main coastal road in Bijilo. 6 self-catering tourist chalets, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom / sleeps 2 or 3 guests, En-suite bathroom Flights to Gambia, Lounge area, Laundry service, Wi-Fi internet access, Satellite TV, Swimming pool, Free airport transfers, Breakfast & dinner on request , Tropical garden setting with small relaxing huts, Solar powered lights, Mains water & electricity, Stand-by generator, Table tennis table.

The Avalon Garden Lodge is in a quiet residential area of Kololi, 500 metres from the Senegambia strip.  12 double bedroom lodges, extra single bed – charged, En-suite shower / WC, Fully Equipped Kitchen for self-catering, TV & separate living room, Bed linen and towels, Beds made up for your arrival, Air conditioning in bedroom charged by the hour, Electricity included, Cot – charged, Food starter pack, Strong box storage (Refundable deposit on padlock), Garden area, 24 hour security guard, Back-up electrical generator, Back-up water tank

Bakau Lodge is ideally suited for independent travelers and is open all year round. Bearing in mind the location of the accommodation the rooms are surprisingly quiet and peaceful alongside family compounds.

There are no kitchens within the grounds however; the lodge lies just behind Oasis Bar and Restaurant as well as other restaurants, take-away services, bars and supermarkets situated within a short distance by foot selling European as well as Gambian food. There is a taxi rank just 54 yards away.

The Banana Lodge Apartments are   self-catering studio   accommodation in the   Brufut area, within easy walking distance to the local beach & amenities like supermarkets, restaurants, banks and local transport.

6 large apartments, rooms with double beds, En-suite bathroom walk-in shower, WC, Open plan kitchen for self-catering, Fridge, gas cooker, oven, generous living area / lounge, Satellite TV & sofa bed, Ceiling fans throughout, Spacious living area, Private rear garden & terrace, Large swimming pool, Tropical garden with fruit trees, Tiled walkways, Sunbeds and chairs, Safety deposit box – £10 / 11€ per week, Standby generator & water tank, Wi-Fi internet access – £10 / €11 per week, Guided tours, 24 hour security

Baobab holiday resort

Built in 1999 it was originally name the Baobab Lodge from the same site that Rosemary Long, an English author, lived and wrote “Under the Baobab Tree.”

Set in 5 acres it was intended to be an up-market compound where fully grown palms led their shade to 6 octagonal bungalows which enclose 2 apartments each.

The furniture is made up of mostly polished pine with fitting comprising a ceiling fan, a wedge shaped toilet, gas cooker, oven and fridge.

There is a convenient 5 minute walk across the road and down a sandy walkway to this part of Bijilo Beach which is fairly deserted.

The accommodation in Bijilo is ideal for tourists on holiday to Gambia looking for quiet and rest away from the more crowded Kololi hotels area.

Bendula Lodge is certainly off the beaten track, away hectic tourist scene. Fortunately, just 10 minutes away from the accommodation, you can catch a bush-taxi to take you towards Kololi (18 km), Serrekunda, Gunjur and Sanyang beach (10 km).

A 5 hut eco-lodge in large garden and a drinks bar. Each hut has a double bed, bathing and toilet facilities are shared, and Breakfast is included in the room rates. They use wind-power for lighting.

The rooms at the lodge are clean but fairly basic and simple with no en-suite bathroom or toilet. The seating and tables are of basket ware.

What it lacks in room facilities is more than make up for its restaurant and bar as well as the almost constant peacefulness and quiet interspersed with birdsong and conversing guests and staff.

The eco-lodge is set some distance away from the idyllic beach of Batokunku but it is walkable in around 15 minutes, especially in the morning and late afternoons

Bintang Bolong Lodge, in Foni Bintang Karanai, is located on the side of a river tributary. Gambian styled huts set on stilts, 2 to 3 single beds in each accommodation, Mosquito nets, Bar & restaurant located on the river-side, Boat & nature trips up-river & down-river to Juffure, Fort James Island & Tendaba Camp, Crocodile pond, Cultural lessons including drum & dance, The lodge is set in over 7 hectares of wilderness, Accompany local fishermen, Excursions by boat, foot or with a local tour guide

Boboi Beach Lodge is an eco-lodge on the seafront in Kartong, in south west Gambia, 60km from Banjul. Going strong since 1998 Boboi Beach Lodge can certainly be considered as being off the beaten track.

Committed to responsible tourism it is tucked in amongst majestic Rhun palms, undulating sand dunes and tropical gardens it offers a truly unique experience of a simple retreat.

Facilities at the eco-tourist lodge are basic and could do with some improvement. The beach however is superb and almost deserted most of the time. Tip: take along a good torch, spare batteries and travel solar accessories such as chargers for torches and mobile phones.

Bwiam Lodge is located in Bwiam Village in the Foni Kansala district. The accommodation buildings were started by Ding Ding Bantaba (a child and family support association). The organisation mainly reliant on child sponsorship funds to respond to community needs.

The lodge is built to generate sustainable income to support the organization’s development programs for the village community.

Camping Sukuta & Lodge

The specialised holiday campsite is in Sukuta Village on Bijilo Road. Backpackers can bring their own tents & other guest can stay in various lodgings.

18 rooms from suits to single bedrooms, Self-catering apartment (hot shower, WC, veranda, kitchen, TV, fans, safe), Double bedroom with en-suite shower and WC, Wi-Fi internet access, Guest kitchen with cooking pots & utensils, Communal showers & WCs, Restaurant serving breakfast, drinks, snacks & daily dinner menu, Souvenir shop, Solar power, electricity, water tanks, Lots of shaded areas within 6,000 sq. m, Washing facilities, Car parking space & vehicle rental, Inland safari trips, Tents for hire, Airport transfers (fee payable