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We stayed in one of the river lodges which was a delight - a cup od the tea to start the day was a real treat.. We had a slight problem with the toilet and were immediately mpved to another lodge for the rest of...More
Stayed in The Stilted Lodge in April 2015 to celebrate our big birthdays and what a way to celebrate. Our whole 5 nights was fantastic, the staff and service is some of the best I have received and we have travelled a fair bit. The...More
The rooms here are very spacious and comfortable. We had a jungle lodge which was very spacious and very comfortable.
The room was kept very clean by the housekeeping staff who do a fantastic job.
The resort is very quiet and with the very comfortable...More
A special experience in a floating lodge! Unbelievable setting! Amazing pool and so well kept! All the personal guides were delightful and extremely knowledgeable. Linda the manager/owner was a truly welcoming person who was unflappable and attended to all our needs! Food was basic, but...More
Before talking about the lodge itself, it should be said that the Titan flight from Gatwick was impressive and considerably better that some scheduled airlines. Also The Gambian Experience, who seem to manage most tours to The Gambia, are totally dedicated to their task of...More
Hi, Gambian dalasi is a closed currency so you can only exchange your sterling once you arrive. There are a few currency exchanges in the airport when you land so that is the best option as Mandina is fairly remote from any... More
Hi, Gambian dalasi is a closed currency so you can only exchange your sterling once you arrive. There are a few currency exchanges in the airport when you land so that is the best option as Mandina is fairly remote from any major town where a bank will be available (I'm pretty sure you can pay your bill in part sterling at the end if needed). I can't remember exact costs but meals are reasonably priced & local beer (Julbrew, which is good) is a few pounds per bottle, wine is more but I think only around £20 which is good for the local area. We were half board so spent less than £60 per day on extras (you will need some tips for your guide at the end). We've been twice & love the peace & tranquility...... some recommendations for you, ask your guide to take you into the local villages & schools, if he offers to take you to his home make sure to do this but be prepared, they live a humble life (gifts for the children are a must), they may offer to feed you but I'd politely decline & take hand sanitiser, particularly when handling money. Our favourite guides are Lamin & Mamadi so ask when you arrive if they are free (both have adorable kids!). Engage with Lawrence who owns Makasutu/Mandina & he will tell you of the projects he is involved with & the history of the place, he is passionate about art also & some of the village artwork is stunning. If you haven't been to The Gambia before it can feel a little intimidating when you arrive in Banjul but don't worry, they are very friendly people, however if they can take advantage at the airport they will so don't exchange sterling for dalasi with the locals. The trolley porters may ask you to exchange English coins for notes, that is fine as these are their tips & they can only convert notes to dalasi in the banks. Finally, I think the currency exchange between passport/baggage had the best rates so ask a member of airport staff. Have a wonderful time, it is a truly magical place & tell Lawrence that Peter & Ann said hi!!
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Hi we got 60 dalasis to the £. Water was 80, large wine 275, beer 95, a portion of chips 150. We were on half board. They tend to collect tips for all to then spilt between the staff, but we paid our guide separately as we... More
Hi we got 60 dalasis to the £. Water was 80, large wine 275, beer 95, a portion of chips 150. We were on half board. They tend to collect tips for all to then spilt between the staff, but we paid our guide separately as we were with him for the 3 days. The staff only get around a £1 a day so tips are very important to them. Have a great time
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"To wake up to the river in front of you and the peace and quiet would mean I would recommend the floating..."