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“Inspiring, friendly, helpful - perfect” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Rd | nr Gunjur Village, Gunjur WD 2233, Gambia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Inspiring, friendly, helpful - perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

I was one of the leaders of a group of 28 Girl Guides from Cheshire in NW England.

We did peer education sessions with the science & maths club, then spent 2 days working with 100 local Scouts & Guides. We painted an educational mural at the local medical post and paid for a toilet block to be built. We also had plenty of time to play with the local children, which was a joy.

It wasn't all work though and despite a very full action packed week we managed to do some walks to the beach, the fishing village and the nature reserve plus tourist things too like Brikama market. We even fitted in an African dancing & drumming lesson.

Jo & Jenny are a true inspiration. They had a dream and made it happen. They make a huge impact on the people who work with them and it's very clear to see from the way they are received by the local community that their work is appreciated. Their ethical ethos towards their charity work is admirable.

The staff are all amazing, without exception. So friendly and helpful, always smiling, nothing is too much trouble. Alagi too is a genuine and lovely guy. I could talk to any of them for hours, they are so interesting. The food was also exceptional - for a group of our size to all be served at the same time, piping hot, tasty and a variety of choice was brilliant.

I loved my time at GPL and will 100% be returning. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This Lodge is heaven!! I travelled with my 8 year old son, my sister and my best friend and had an amazing time. the lodge is completely walled in, so my son could get up by himself, order breakfast, go for a swim, all without me worrying where he was. staff were amazing with him and he cried lots when it was time to leave. You can do as much or as little as you want, as the staff are more than happy to cater to either of these. the food is amazing, the staff are even more amazing, there was live music and a campfire most evenings, drinks were very cheap and the setting is beautiful.
We rode a camel, went horse riding on the beach, stayed with students who were building a new school so went to the school opening, went bird watching, saw crocodiles in the nature reserve, went to a snake farm, learnt to play the djembe, painted clay vases, visited a market, watched the local wrestling and spent an evening in the main tourist area and we were only there for 7 days. 2 weeks is a must next February when we return!!
I left a piece of my heart in Gambia and at the Gunjur lodge xxxxx

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Well firstly my trip started by arriving at the Gunjur Project. All i can say is what a welcome !
We were greeted by the staff singing a local song to welcome people and that was the fantastic start of a Holiday that just got better and better. Most nights there was live entertainment on site, this being Djembe Drummers and other live African bands which were authentic and amazing. During the day, we were offered numerous activities to attend, be it camel riding, or going to see the local crocodiles, and plenty more. Or if you wanted to, you could always sunbathe by the Pool.... The Accommodation was Clean and spacious, and the Staff were outstanding. And if you really want the taste of africa, you must come for the food, they offered a variety of African dishes and i was never disappointed.
I would highly reccommend going here if you want to experience real West Africa....... The Smiling Country as its known !!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

A family trip to Gambia during February half term was a last minute decision. My husband and I wanted to provide our 9 and 11 years old children with a memorable and lasting experience. We decided to stay away from the tourist area and explore the real Gambia. We booked a room at the Gunjur Project Lodge after reading the reviews posted on Trip Advisor.
Our stay at the Lodge exceeded our expectations: while we were able to safely explore the area and enjoy meeting some of the locals, the Lodge offered a very warm and relaxed atmosphere, where our children were able to run free and enjoy playing in the swimming pool and with the company of other children. The food, freshly cooked, was amazing, particularly the local dishes. The staff was always happy to help. The work they do for the local community is admirable, very inspiring. We felt at home, almost part of the family, and will remember this unique experience for a long time. Jenny and the rest of the team are wonderful hosts, and we are already thinking about returning!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This place is amazing to stay. I had an amazing time overthere, the People Who are werking are so nice and Friendfull. In ten minuten you are on the beach to give a look to an amazing view.

I was there for voluteering and the People of the project helped me with everything to make is the best. But is was also there for holiday. I made Lovely trips, also with an open jeep, very nice. There are many things to do in the neighborhood and the People of the lodge will bring you everywhere! It was my second time, because it is a heart - warming place to
come back again and again and again and again! I have many happy memories of my experience in gambia and in the gunjur project lodge I will never forget!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brecon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My wife and I, who are seasoned travellers, stayed at Gunjur Project Lodge from late January to mid Febuary this year. I could have not made a better choice for our two weeks holiday in the Gambia. Situated away from the more popular tourist resorts we were in the real Gambia where people welcome guests to their homes and are pleased to help without pressurising you. The lodge is based on a traditional Gambian family compound but has amenities that non -Gambians will welcome. The en-suite rooms are not luxurious but are spacious, comfortable and clean. We stayed on a B&B basis but took most of our lunches and dinners in the lodge's attractive bar/dining rondeval. The meals on offer comprise a variety of Gambian and international dishes are well prepared, freshly cooked and, especially the fish dishes, delicious, The lodge has a small swimming pool that is kept emaculatly clean and after a dusty drive or long walk is most welcome, The well kept compound has many flowering shrubs and is visited by lots of birds. About 15 minutes walk away is the busy fishing village on Gunjur beach where we made friends with a team of boat builders who were only too happy to tell us all about their work and the life of the village. The management can also arrange a variety of excursions, locally and further afield, using reliable taxis and chauffered cars.
The most enduring memory we will have of the lodge.is of the friendliness of the management and staff, if they need a motto I might suggest "Always a smile never a frown". When we left after two lovely weeks we felt we were saying goodbye to our family..
If you are looking for a value for money restful stay in a family athmosphere then Gunjur Project Lodge may well be what you're looking for.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stayed there for a week and then came back again for 2 days after staying in Senegal.
It is a very good place if you want to get used to African life and feel still comfortable. It's a rather small lodge with a very personal treatment so you don't feel the tourist but someone who becomes ''one of them''. Such warm people over there!
The room is good with a comfortable bed and a bathroom with a shower. Basic, but in a good way!! I wouldn't want to stay in a more luxury place as this suits better with the African way of living, like a compound. The swimming pool feels allready like luxury but a good way to relax after all the impressions you get during the day. you are surrounded by compunds and nature so you step into the African life when you leave the lodge.
And than they have all the good project they support, supurb!
Don't let them spoil this place, let it stay like it is. Jenny and all the others, we will be back!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Red Rd | nr Gunjur Village, Gunjur WD 2233, Gambia
Location: Gambia > West Coast Division > Gunjur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Gunjur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gunjur Project is a lodge with an ethical approach to tourism and works to reduce its carbon footprint. The lodge is set in the heart of the community and is only a short stroll from endless sandy beaches. Accommodation briefly consists of 6 en-suite comfort chalets, restaurant, bar, pool and caters for individuals and groups. The professional staff team help visitors enjoy a real taste of West African hospitality at reasonable prices. ... more   less 
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