I stayed here in early January 2011 at the end of the Plymouth to Banjul Car Rally (the Banjul Challenge). My team mates and fellow travellers enjoyed staying here as much as I did. The owners are a wonderful couple who are sincere in their efforts to encourage and help local people and local businesses. We really enjoyed our chats with them.
As others have said, if you are looking for a 5 star resort, this isn’t it. If you want to stay where the staff are professional and friendly, the food is wonderful and the location is peaceful and relaxing, then please consider Safari Garden. It is a perfect location for independent travellers who want a little pampering, but do not want to stay in the package tour hotels.
The rooms are basic and, although clean, have a few problems, but nothing that will stop you enjoying your stay.
The food is wonderful and would not disgrace a fancy, up-market restaurant. The menu is varied and interesting. We enjoyed all of our meals, especially the first one – a full English breakfast! Wonderful after our travels.
If you can support Geri and Maurice in their endeavours by staying at this hotel, your holiday money will make a difference in Gambia – guests equal wages for local staff and any profits enable this interesting couple to remain in Gambia and continue their work on various local benefit programs.
I recommend this hotel for independent travellers who would like to stay somewhere friendly and relaxing with good food (and clean toilets - important when you’ve been travelling for a while!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Safari Garden Hotel is located just off the Main Road in Fajara, just 10 minutes walk to the beautiful beach. All of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms and private terrace, many with a view of the gardens and swimming pool. Flavours Bar & Restaurant serves food and drinks from 7.30Am until late and the friendly staff are always around to help. We are a locally run hotel that provides our guests with a genuine and friendly Gambian experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Safari Garden Hotel Gambia/Fajara