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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).

Gambia map

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:
Lemon Creek Hotel, Bijilo Lemon Creek (B&B), Bijilo
A friendly hotel with 36 rooms set in pleasant, spacious gardens in Bijilo, directly on the beach. Good food & drink; close to other bars & restaurants.
Half board supplement: £10 pppn.
Hibiscus House, Brufut Hibiscus House (B&B), Brufut
For those seeking a little pampering, Hibiscus House provides a peaceful haven of quality and style. It is located in the village of Brufut halfway between Fajara and Tanji.
Supplement from £15 pppn.
Footsteps Eco-lodge, Gunjur Footsteps Eco-lodge (B&B), Gunjur
Further south along the good coastal road, adjacent to some pleasant woodland and close to some of the best (yet virtually deserted) beaches in The Gambia, you'll find Footsteps to be a great place to relax and unwind.
Half-board supplement: £10 pppn.
Farakunku Lodges, Tujereng Farakunku Lodges (B&B), Tujereng
A collection of 4 comfortable, well designed lodges with solar-heated showers in a quiet, secluded area. Your friendly Anglo-Gambian hosts, Heather and Moses, will do everything possible to ensure you have a memorable stay.
Supplement from £5 pppn.
Nemasu Eco-lodge, Madina Salaam, The Gambia Nemasu Eco-lodge (B&B), Madina Salaam
A delightful collection of 8 round huts surrounded by a mature palm forest on an unspoilt sandy beach in the south of The Gambia.
Half board supplement: £10 pppn.
Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong
At the most southern tip of The Gambia, stunning eco-architecture and a breathtaking beach-front location makes Sandele a truly special place to relax in style.
Supplement: from £30 pppn (on half-board).

Further afield:
Bird Safari Camp, Georgetown Bird Safari Camp (FB), MacCarthy Island
Deep in the bush, on a tranquil island 300 km up-river, this is an ideal base for exploring the unique fresh water habitat upcountry. Wake up each morning to an unforgettable dawn chorus of bird song and fall asleep to the sound of cicadas, owls and nightjar.
Tendaba Camp, Kwinella Tendaba Camp (FB), Kwinella
Great location opposite the Baobolong Wetlands, the salt water mangroves here are some of the tallest in West Africa. Even non-birdwatchers will be amazed at the rich variety of birdlife in the area.
Jinack Lodge - Paradise Island Jinack Lodge (FB), Jinack Island
On a peninsular by the northern Gambian - Seneglese border, Jinack Lodge is a simple collection of raffia huts and a seaview restaurant set on 11 km of deserted beach.
Supplement: £12 pppn (inc. full-board) + £55 pp transport.
You can choose from the following small hotels/lodges at the coast:

Each of these accommodation options has its own special charm and none features in any mainstream package holiday brochures. They attract an interesting mix of travellers with an independent spirit who seek a "friendly, clean and comfortable" base in a pleasant location with good company.

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Swimming pool Distance from beach Board basis Supplement (pppn)
Single Double
Lemon Creek Hotel, Bijilo Tick Directly on the beach B&B £15 £0
Half board option: £10 pppn
Footsteps Eco-lodge, Gunjur Tick 30 mins walk B&B £15 £0
Half board option: £10 pppn
Nemasu Eco-lodge, Madina Salaam Directly on the beach B&B £15 £0
Half board option: £10 pppn
Farakunku Lodges, Tujereng Tick 45 mins walk; free transfer by car B&B £20 £5
HB (recommended) £30 £15
Hibiscus House, Brufut Tick 15 mins walk B&B Garden room £35 £15
Cassurina £40 £20
Hibiscus Suite £50 £30
Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong Tick Directly on the beach Guest rooms HB £40 £30
FB £50 £40
Lodges HB £55 £45
FB £65 £55
Jinack Lodge, Jinack Island Directly on the beach FB £12 pppn
+ boat & vehicle transfers £55 pp

Jinack Lodge, Jinack Island

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Jinack Lodge - beach Jinack Lodge - rooms Jinack Lodge - Amadou
Lemon Creek Hotel, Bijilo

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Lemon Creek Hotel, The Gambia Lemon Creek Hotel - swimming pool Lemon Creek Hotel - room
Hibiscus House, Brufut

Hibiscus House, Brufut - View details

Hibiscus House - swimming pool Hibiscus House - restaurant Hibiscus House - room
Farakunku Lodges, Tujereng

Farakunku Lodges, Tujereng - View details

Farakunku Lodges - restaurant Farakunku Lodges - accommodation Farakunku Lodges - plunge pool
Footsteps Eco-lodge, Gunjur

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Footsteps Eco-lodge - fresh water pool Footsteps Eco-lodge - restaurant Footsteps Eco-lodge - accommodation
Footsteps Eco-lodge, Gunjur

Nemasu Eco-lodge, Madina Salaam - View details

Nemasu Eco-lodge - beach Nemasu Eco-lodge - accommodation Nemasu Eco-lodge - bicycles
Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong

Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong - View details

Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - plunge pool Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - lodge interior Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - Kartong beach
Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong

Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong - guest rooms

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Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - guest room lounge Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - guest room bed
Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong

Sandele Eco-retreat, Kartong - lodges

Compare these with the more modest guest rooms.

Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - lodge exterior Sandele Bay Eco-retreat - lodge interior
Tendaba Camp, Kwinella

Tendaba Camp (155km inland) - View details

Tendaba Camp - Jetty Tendaba Camp - African huts Tendaba Camp - Restaurant
Bird Safari Camp, Janjanbureh

Bird Safari Camp (300km inland) - View details

Bird Safari Camp - Riverside tents Bird Safari Camp - Swimming pool Looking downstream from the Bird Safari Camp jetty
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Bird Safari Camp, Janjangbureh

MacCarthy Island

Bird Safari Camp - MacCarthy Island
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Chimpanzee Project, River Gambia National Park

Chimpanzee Project - View details

(180 miles inland)
Chimpanzee sanctuary Chimpanzee Chimpanzee tent
Solar Queen boat, The Gambia

Bintang Creek (80km inland)

The Solar Queen Bintang Lodge Bottlenose dolphins, The Gambia
Tendaba Creek

BaoBolong Wetland Reserve (155km inland)


Kau-ur Wetlands (160km inland)


Kaur swamp Malachite Kingfisher Egyptian Plover
Lady Hippo

Kuntaur Jetty (260km inland)


Baboon Islands

Baboon Islands (River Gambia National Park)


Chimpanzee Pied Kingfisher
Red-Throated Bee-Eaters

Bansang Quarry (310km inland)


Basse (360km inland)

Women washing clothes View of river from Traditions Northern Carmine Bee-Eater
Gambia map

Lemon Creek Hotel Hibiscus House Farakunku Lodges Footsteps Eco-lodge Nemasu Eco-lodge Sandele Eco-Retreat Boboi Beach Lodge Bird Safari Camp Tendaba Camp BaoBolong Wetland Reserve Bintang Bolong Lodge Jinack Lodge Kuntaur Jetty Kau-ur Wetlands Baboon Islands Bansang Quarry Basse Lemon Creek Hotel Nemasu Eco-Lodge Farakunku Lodges Sandele Eco-retreat Chimpanzee Project Bird Safari Camp Footsteps Eco-Lodge Hibiscus House Boboi Beach Lodge Bintang Bolong Lodge Tendaba Camp Jinack Lodge Lemon Creek Hotel Hibiscus House Farakunku Lodges Footsteps Eco-lodge Nemasu Eco-lodge Sandele Eco-Retreat Marakissa River Lodge Bird Safari Camp BaoBolong Wetland Reserve Bintang Bolong Lodge Jinack Lodge Kuntaur Jetty Kau-ur Wetlands Baboon Islands Bansang Quarry Basse Tendaba Camp Lemon Creek Hotel Nemasu Eco-Lodge Farakunku Lodges Sandele Eco-retreat Chimpanzee Project Bird Safari Camp Footsteps Eco-Lodge Hibiscus House Marakissa River Lodge Bintang Bolong Lodge Tendaba Camp Jinack Lodge