The Gambia River is now home to a brand new solar-powered hybrid boat, the first in Africa,
which is operated exclusively for clients travelling with Hidden Gambia holidays.
The "Solar Queen" - Africa's first solar powered boat
This exciting development further enhances The Gambia's reputation as a growing and successful
destination for eco-tourism holidays. At Hidden Gambia we have always believed in the need for a
sustainable approach to tourism which not only helps to empower local people economically but also
protects The Gambia's ecological wealth. Jobs which depend upon the natural environment
being safeguarded provide an economic incentive for environmental protection. Therefore, simply by having
a great holiday - you will be contributing in arguably the best way possible towards The Gambia's
development - both today and for future generations.
The Solar Queen was launched in January 2011 and is based at
the lower end of the Gambia River where she operates as part of our unique adventure and wildlife holidays.
She can either run on solar power alone for steady speeds of up to 6 km/h, or additional electricity can
be supplied by a small, quiet highly-efficient diesel generator in order to reach speeds of up to 16 km/h.
The ecological benefits of such a hybrid boat are considerable. Compared to our previous boat's two 250 HP outboard
engines the Solar Queen saves burning almost 1,000 litres of fuel per week - an incredible 85% saving in fossil fuels!
Solar panels supply 2.2KW of power
The boat was built by Kopf Solarschiff,
the same pioneering company that created one on Lake Constance in Germany and the Serpentine in
Hyde Park, London. We figured that if it can cope with the grey British weather, it would work wonderfully in
sunny Gambia - and we weren't wrong! Our design is slightly different - it is a monohull with open
sides, benches which can be converted into a sleeping area and there is also a solar-powered fridge/freezer, a bar and
We hope you'll be as excited about the "Solar Queen"
as our staff!
For the full story, you might like to further photos on Flickr
or read a review written by one of our guests.
Or, if you fancy sailing on the Solar Queen, start planning your Gambia river holiday.
With flights to The Gambia typically around £300-£400
and our "Discover the River" itineraries from as little as £595 for 7 nights or £849 for 14 nights,
your next holiday needn't cost the earth!