Stayed for 5 nights out of our 3 week holiday travelling round The Gambia. The work that has been achieved here is incredible, special credit to Mike for his dedication to help the locals. This is an on going project, however with Abou the manager running the place it feels really homely. Thanks Abou and a special shout out to Whisky and all the staff for special memories
By far the best accommodation we stayed in during our 2 week stay in Gambia, and we stayed in 6 different places! Situated on the mangroves it was quiet and peaceful with lots of bird life to see. All the staff were friendly and helpful but Abou was the star of the show with nothing too much trouble, he looked after us during our 2 night stay, drove us to our next accommodation and even rang us a few times after that to check we were okay! Thank you so much Abou you really are a genuine and special person and we hope to return to see you at some point in the future.
Stayed 2 nights at Mandinari River Lodge Gambia. What can I say. I have been travelling to Gambia from 2005 and stayed in many of the top resort hotels and lodges. This one is the jewel in the crown. From arriving there the manager couldn't do enough for us. You can self cater or have food supplied from Yankuba the lovely chef. We did both and what an experience. The peace and tranquillity was amazing from feeding the birds in the morning to donkeys sheep goats and lovely birdlife on site just made us fall in love with nature all over again. Never had such a peaceful 2 nights away ever like this before. 5 star lodge everything we needed. Thank you so mich. Will be back next time visiting Gambia
We have just spent 3 glorious days at Mandina and our only regret is that we didn't book for longer. This is a special place with special people. Nothing was too much trouble and the venue more than exceeded our expectations. If you can book a floating lodge then we highly recommend that but if not don't worry as just being here is a wonderful experience. If you are visiting the Gambia then make sure you include Mandina.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Mandinari River Lodge; I made myself at home in mud brick lodge number 2 and stayed for over three weeks. The atmosphere of the unique and well built hut was wonderful, cool during the day and cosy at night. I made use of the self catering facilities, cooking my own evening meal from produce bought in the village market. I had tasty Gambian lunch everyday and fresh, local bread was delivered every morning. I wouldn't say it was always peaceful; it's still an on going work in progress. Mike, when he's in residence likes his English radio station and the staff like music while they work but Abou is mindful of quests preferences and volume. On calm days you can hear the rumblings of the ships in Banjul port but mostly it's the wind in the trees. A place to relax and unwind. I enjoyed exploring the area and getting to know some of the villagers and shop keepers, they sell very good bean sandwiches under the Mandinari sign and yoghurt and cous cous in the shop opposite. There is frequent and easy local transport to Serrekunda or Brikama, change at NTC junction (remember this junction for dropping off, on the way back) you can also get taxis from here to the beach. If you would like a relaxing alternative place to stay, are interested in Local culture and wildlife I think you will enjoy staying at Mandinari River Lodge. PS A pair of giant kingfishers come into roost every evening around 7:30 in the weaver bird nest tree. Crocodiles/alligators (?) bask in the lily ponds behind the lodge…