Accommodation options on our unique Discover the River itineraries include the following carefully selected small Gambian hotels and river side lodges. They attract an interesting mix of travellers with an independent spirit who seek a friendly, clean and comfortable stay away from the main tourist resorts. Unless otherwise specified, coastal accommodation is on a B&B basis and up-country accommodation is full-board. Unlike most adventure travel companies, we don't charge single supplements, except for coastal accommodation (typically £15 pppn).
At the coast, you can choose between Lemon Creek, Hibiscus House, Farakunku Lodges, Footsteps Eco-lodge, Nemasu Eco-lodge, Boboi Beach Lodge and Sandele Eco-Retreat (or any combination of these). Lemon Creek, with 36 rooms, is the largest of our coastal accommodations and is a friendly, welcoming place to begin your Gambia adventure holiday. It is located directly on the beach in pleasant, spacious gardens in Bijilo, just outside the main tourist resorts of Senegambia and Kololi. It is therefore only a short taxi ride from a variety of bars and restaurants. Hibiscus House, available for a surcharge (from £15 pppn), is a small family-run boutique hotel in a quiet residential area of Brufut. The rooms are of a good standard, there is a pleasant swimming pool (holistic treatments are available) and the food is excellent. You'll find the comfortable and secluded Farakunku Lodges (surcharge: £5 pppn) to be a haven of peace and tranquility with a warm, 'home-from-home' ambiance and superb food. It is a popular choice amongst birdwatchers with some good birding sites within walking distance. Highly recommended.
A short distance further south, Footsteps Eco-lodge is another little gem - adjacent to some pleasant woodland and close to a beautiful, practically deserted beach. It is included in your Discover the River itinerary on B&B basis. For simple, rustic accommodation with miles of sandy beaches and great wildlife watching on your doorstep - why not spend some nights at Jinack Lodge on Jinack Island on the northern border between Gambia and Senegal? Or 'chill-out' at Boboi Beach Lodge on The Gambia's southern coast (included in your Discover the River itinerary on B&B basis). A new addition for 2013/14 is Nemasu Eco-lodge which offers a delightful collection of 8 round huts surrounded by a mature palm forest on a beautiful unspoilt beach. For those of you seeking a special touch of beach-fronted luxury, we highly recommend a stay at the Sandele Bay Eco-retreat (supplements apply).
The highlight of your holiday, however, will undoubtedly be up-river Gambia. You'll love the peaceful relaxing atmosphere of Bird Safari Camp with its wonderful riverside setting, starlit night skies and amazing cacophony of bird song which simply has to be experienced. It's also much loved by anglers as these waters are home to one of the most ferocious freshwater predators - tiger fish. Just downstream, in the River Gambia National Park, the Chimpanzee Project is home to over 80 chimpanzees and although you can no longer stay here, there is every chance you'll see some of these fascinating primates (as well as baboons, monkeys, hippos and several species of birds) as you sail up to Bird Safari Camp onboard the Lady Hippo. Tendaba Camp (half-way upriver), though basic, provides a convenient base on the way up/down the river and is an outstanding location for birdwatching: the creek boat trip (included in your Discover the River itinerary) is a wonderful experience - well worth it, even if you wouldn't normally consider yourself to be a "birdwatcher".Coastal accommodation: