Jinack Lodge, Jinack Island
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Jinack lodge is situated on the beautiful island of Jinack which is part of the National
Park of Niumi, a marine delta protected area. On one side you have the Atlantic coast and 11 km of probably
the most beautiful, deserted beach in The Gambia. In contrast, on the opposite side of the island are the
meandering, mangrove creeks which venture of into the African heartland. This unique location lends
itself perfectly for these eco-friendly lodges and provides a haven of peace and tranquility.
The area is very rich in birds and wildlife: You might see White-fronted Plover, oystercatchers,
Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Grey Plover, Whimbrel, curlew, herons, egrets as well as
Pygmy Sunbird. Among the mammals you might find in the area are hyena, red colobus & callithrix monkey, kob,
duiker, genet, civet and various mongoose species, clawless otter, manatee and dolphins. Green turtle and crocodiles
are also present, along with a wide range of other reptiles.
The lodge is located on the western seafront and comprises a restaurant & bar and 4 basic huts
sleeping 2 persons per hut. Each room has an en-suite shower, wash basin and WC. Jinack Lodge is staffed entirely by
local villagers such as Amadou, the lodge's manager pictured here. Friendly and professional, you will certainly
be made to feel welcome to the island.
You can include an overnight stay (or longer) at Jinack whilst on the coastal part of your Discover the River
trip. Due to the camp's remote location, accommodation is on a full board basis (£12 pppn supplement) and includes a delicious
dinner, full bar service and a generous breakfast. The supplement for transport to / from Jinack is £55 pp. We generally recommend
you travel to Jinack on your way back from up-country i.e. Bird Safari Camp as you will already be on the north
bank. Due to the sandy roads, you'll need to transfer to a 4 x 4 vehicle once you reach Barra. Returning to the main coastal areas
involves a one hour journey by boat to Banjul (sea conditions permitting) from where you'll drive to your accommodation. If the sea
is too choppy you will cross by ferry and return by road.
- Located in the Niumi National Park - plenty of birds and other wildlife
- 4 simply furnished rooms (with comfortable beds and en-suite WC & shower)
- Lighting is provided by kerosene lamps and solar power
- 11 km of deserted beach
- Watch the sunset over the sea
- Supplement: £12 pppn (full-board basis) + £55 pp for additional boat & vehicle transport
- No single supplements per night, however, the transport supplement for single travellers is £85
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