We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in The Gambia. We stayed in a Two Bedroomed Apartment at Summergrove Villas in Kololi.
We were met at Banjul Airport by one of Summergrove's drivers (this service is included in the price) and driven to Summergrove where we were met by Neneh the lovely manager.
Our Apartment was really beautiful, very clean and spacious, ideal for my husband, two grown up children (in their 30's) and myself.
Our Apartment was cleaned every day by a lovely young man named Babou, who also brought us clean towels every morning(.Babou carved a gift for us and gave it to us before we returned home)
Breakfast was available every day from 8 am until 2 pm if required (extra charge) and there was a bar area which was well stocked with bottled water, soft drinks, beers and spirits.
You served your self and wrote down every thing in the "Honesty" book and paid for your drinks at the end of your stay.
Summergrove has 22 units ranging from 3 Bedroomed Apartments down to studios with air conditioning and ceiling fans, within a gated complex, with a security guard 24 hours a day ( although this is not needed as the crime rate in the Gambia is 0.04% )
We met Jim the owner while we were there, who is a lovely guy and very helpful.
Neneh's father was visiting while we were staying there and we were all invited to a meal that she had cooked.
The weather was glorious all week with not a cloud in the sky.
Summergrove is very central to the beach (about 10/15 minutes walk ) and the senegambia strip( where all the Restaurants are) The food is excellent.
We spent a lot of time around the lovely pool at Summergrove, the beach is pretty,but the sea has strong undercurrents which makes swimming very difficult.
You may have heard a lot about Bumsters and I must admit I was a bit nervous after reading about them before we left, but there was not a problem with them at all, yes, you are approached, but just a " No Thank you " was sufficient and they left you alone.
The Gambian people are lovely and the most friendliest people we have ever met, they are always smiling even though they so poor.
There are some people that will try to rip you off, but you have to use your common sense and see through the scams.
We went to the monkey park while we were there (10 minutes walk) with a local guide and lots of peanuts, it was great fun, as the monkeys will come and take the peanuts out of your hand.
We also did two full day tours while we were there with ARCH- tours which are excellent ( they are next door to Safe-way supermarket on the senegambia strip.)
These tours were amazing, we did Roots by Boat, to the village where Kunta Kinteh lived before he was captured and taken into slavery and where his descendants still live today.
The second tour was by jeep, on this day we went to a few villages and a school and saw how the real Gambian people live, the poverty is terrible. It was very thought provoking.
We had an amazing holiday and hope to go back to Summergrove again next year.
We would highly recommend it.
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