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Bintang Bolong Lodge

Bintang, Gambia
Bintang Bolong Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The location is unique and views are stunning. The bungalows are basic and really need a bit of renovation but they are clean. The restaurant serves great food and staff is very friendly. Lamin the receptionist is doing an excellent job. He is interesting and very knowledgeable.

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Once your expectations are adjusted properly, you will have an experience of a lifetime in an authentic minimalist natural environment on an African river. Understand from the beginning that this is NOT a hotel. It is a minimalist wilderness eco-lodge without many comfort and conveniences due to its authenticity. Once you get over your pampered Western ways, you will experience... More 

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Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The setting of the lodge is just perfect! The bungalows are build on the mangrove. They have a balcony where you can sit, but there where no chairs. The room is simple and for the bathroom was only a curtain. For me traveling alone not a problem. The restaurant is also on the river, which was nice. The dinner was... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It may not be for everyone, but I absolutely loved my stay here. It is very basic, but it has so much to offer. Great people, great food, but most of all a wonderful place to see birds and enjoy nature. I liked the canoe trip I did, and also took a walking tour with the same guide. It really... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

As a family with 2 young kids we found this to be a great place and a highlight of our trip to Gambia and Senegal. The place is quite basic- similar to the types of bungalows you get in backpacker resorts in Asia. But our room was clean, the beds comfortable, and the veranda with views out into the sunset... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

OK the accommodation is basic, there's no hot water and the beds aren't comfortable. But this is Africa, and for a location like this you can't really complain. From my hut amongst the mangroves (which was the last one furthest from the restaurant) I couldn't see or hear any staff or guests. My room looked onto the river and the... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Stay in stilted huts overlooking the creek or roundhouses in the grounds. If you want luxury, this is not the place for you - back to basics accommodation with a shower and toilet, thin mattresses and intermittent warm water - we absolutely loved it! Swam in the creek during the hot afternoons (only at high tide - the water is... More 

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Bedford
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Certainly Bintang Bolong will be an experience we will not forget. For much of our stay we were the only guests and the local staff made us particularly welcome. Once their daily duties were done they borrowed our spare rods and joined in our fishing from the jetty showing us how to deal with the dangerous catfish, and by sunset... More 

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Bintang Bolong lodge is situated on the banks of a tributary ('bolong') of the Gambia river, some 50 km's from the terrible coastal strip. You'll easily reach the lodge by public transport on the excellent road that has been laid a couple of years ago. The whole lodge has a fairytale appearance with the cabins on stilts in the... More 

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Freienbach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

What a peaceful place! Just wonderful to enjoy the quitness at the river. The Lodge is simple, but the place makes it all up, especially the staff is great - we've even had our own private lession in making baobab juice with the cook - mmh! The river cruises are really nice - both - with the motor and with... More 

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