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Plage de l'Esperanto Lodge, Kafountine 00001 Senegal
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Our charming hotel is situated in the beautiful Kafountine region of Casamance in southern Senegal. We welcome you in our area of several acres in a natural setting: the heart of a forest of palm trees surrounding a lagoon, forming a veritable bird sanctuary - 140 bird species recorded to date, and at the same time edge of the Atlantic Ocean and a beach almost deserted stretches for 15 km ... deliberately limited to a capacity of 20 people staying in our lodging is certainly place under the sign of Charm and Nature in atmosphere of tranquility, away from mass tourism, vacation safely to the discovery of an Africa and an original character region, Casamance, to the rhythm of a small fishing village, Kafountine, door Karon entry Islands, accessible only by boat through a maze of rivers and mangrove, a kind of Amazonian African ... The Franco-Senegalese-Guinean-Ivorian of Esperanto Lodge will be happy to show you Kafountine and villages of the island untouched and preserved. When time meets space by giving you the pleasant sensation being "at the end of the world" ... Welcome, Kassoumay! Eric & Justine
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Wifi
Restaurant
Snack bar
Canoeing
Hiking
Fishing
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Private beach
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Italian

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Plage de l'Esperanto Lodge, Kafountine 00001 Senegal
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Leopold Sedar Senghor134 miSee all flights
Yundum Intl Airport28 miSee all flights
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Awa N wrote a review Mar 2020
Gatineau, Canada1 contribution
My husband and I recently had a tremendous experience at Esperanto Lodge. Such a blast to be there! Eric and Justine, the owners, are very accessible and helpful on everything. The staff is available and dedicated to make your stay the best one ever. All thumbs up go to the kitchen where Justine makes everyday magic with delicious meals she cooks from the heart. I keep excellent memory of my stay at the Lodge and am planning to go back in summer with the whole family.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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WorldMichelin wrote a review Jan 2020
london69 contributions37 helpful votes
We loved it here and only regret that our stay was too short. We had long wished to visit Casamance and Esperanto Lodge was the perfect introduction. The setting with its own private lagoon is just stunning. We really enjoyed the birdlife and the gentle sound of the ocean in the distance as the pelicans came home to roost on the baobab tree. A short walk brings you to a vast beach, perfect for near solitary walks along the coast. Our accommodation was simple, very clean and had everything we needed. Sleep is deep and relaxing in this setting.The owner Eric is very helpful and runs a most professional operation, ably assisted by his wife Justine who does a marvellous job at feeding guests to a very high standard,especially considering the relative remoteness of the location. The bar and dining area is wonderfully intimate, yet open to the sounds and atmosphere of rural Africa We really took full advantage of the the Abene music festival, which was one of the most thrilling events we have ever attended. To get around Eric arranged a local taxi driven by the wonderful Adama, who made venturing out late at night in an unknown area feel wholly safe and unthreatening. We are already hoping to return for a longer stay and to get to know this marvellous area and super friendly people much better.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Our room was nearest to lagoon, which was perfect
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Feathers2013 wrote a review Nov 2019
Rye, United Kingdom308 contributions77 helpful votes
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Now.... depending on exactly what you want from a holiday plus your expectations will always dictate what your review contains. My wife and I wanted a small, peaceful, quiet lodge with hopefully a few birds for my ageing body to see without too much effort. We got all of that and so much more, we really did have a very rare "perfect" week at this superb lodge, Eric and all the staff were very friendly, very obliging and made our stay probably the most enjoyable break we have ever had. For an old *birder* like me this place was nothing less than perfect, just fifty meters from our very comfortable room was a thatched, open look out which faces the bird crazy lagoon, literally dozens of beautiful birds within sight from dawn till dusk, I promise you I had the most comfortable birding experience I am ever likely to get. I may have been a bit fortunate with the timing as the lagoon which must have been full of tasty snacks for the birds may not always be full so it may depend on the time of year you visit. Even if you are not a "bird nut" as my wife calls me this Lodge offers a tranquil, stress free, very relaxing few days away from the the busy, noisy world, a simple stroll round the vast grounds or a wander onto the beach for a dip and maybe a little gin & tonic on the loungers there at the bar will do your head a power of good. You could also ask Eric to arrange some fabulous day trips round the casamance, he lays on everything including all transport and a very tasty picnic lunch. Eric also introduced me to his second wife - a thirty five year old Land Rover Defender, (that was an experience) we went a short distance away to see some crocodiles in a local lagoon. As you can probably tell my wife and had a truly wonderful time at this little lodge. I do realise it may not be to every ones taste, if you want to boogie the night away or watch some evening tv then this may not be the place for you, having said that even a couple of days here would set you up nicely for a more strenuous week or two elsewhere.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Tigrenomade wrote a review Jul 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia22 contributions2 helpful votes
I just spent 4 nights at the Esperanto lodge in Kafountine and I loved it! OK, it is a little remote from town and you will need a taxi to get there but hey what can you expect from a small and safe piece of paradise away from the hustle and bustle of town! I loved the welcoming, Eric the owner is genuine and will take care of you as well as the excellent Marie-Elisabeth (I dis not meet Eric's wife who was away) OK, this is a lodge, not a hotel yet, I found a few things were lacking. A large fan on the ceiling would have been nice because there is no AC and a small fridge in the rooms would be perfect to cool water and beverages in room. Expect to be close to nature but no wild animals there (lots of birds though) trees, flowers, good inexpensive food and the ocean... all for yourself!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: All rooms are the same and very quiet.
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susanholdsworth4 wrote a review Apr 2019
Huddersfield, United Kingdom91 contributions47 helpful votes
This is a late review as we are still waiting for a visit update from Gambia Experience We have travelled extensively in Africa, including bush camps and were celebrating my husbands 60th birthday, so we do know what can be expected, and what can be achieved. On arrival, we were handed a mobile with Eric on the other end, offering us an upgrade to the detached bungalow which is western, has 2 bedrooms and a lounge. We were shown our allocated room, being a thatched building numbered 8, and the bungalow upgrade. We accepted the bungalow and settled in. So far, all fine. Less than 6 hours later, during that evenings dinner. Eric came to us with "some very bad news". As we have elderly relatives at home we naturally thought this concerned them and were alarmed. However he went on to advise he had taken a call 2 hours earlier with a booking for the bungalow and would have to move to our originally allocated room the following morning. We therefore duly packed up all our belongings and took our "cabin baggage" and key to reception and waited. An hour and 20 minutes later we were taken to our room. This was an overflow room, away from all the other standard rooms, and on a sloping area. It was behind the owners lodge, surrounded by staff quarters, rubbish and cooking and storage areas and the laundry. Vehicles went right past the door ( we were not warned about this). Staff wandered past regularly, carrying assorted loads. We had to keep the main windows shuttered due to cooking smells and privacy, the curtains did not meet properly. In addition some of the light switches did not work, and the bedside "lights" were a couple of candles set into shells. We had to ask for the water heater to be connected. Our room certainly bore very little resemblance to that on the website under standard room. The single bed actually had two single mattresses and it would have been impractical to attempt to get on it It was smaller than the other guest rooms by about a third - we measured it - and shared a basic outdoor seating arrangement of 2 low chairs and 2 "African" style chairs of 2 pieces of wood slotted together, which I found impossible to use. I have arthritic knees. I had to ask for a wicker chair like the other rooms had. This was on an open area of concrete between the 2 buildings. The website indicates a "private terrace " The room sharing this open concrete seating area had a satellite dish and we suspect therefore was not used for guests. The other guest rooms had their own allocated seating area with a low wall, wicker chairs and coffee table, and some had a second shaded seating area. To add insult, we were then asked to move our 15 kg bags from the bungalow to our room. This was over sloping rough ground, and we are not exactly spring chickens. When it became obvious this was not going to happen a couple of the staff brought them. In addition to the above, the meals were not very enjoyable. At breakfast, after waiting for a considerable period of time, we had to ask for the included eggs - breakfast was bread, a single pat of butter and a single triangle of processed cheese, with a banana, plus eggs. All evening meals were served at least half an hour later than booked, frequently with the incorrect combination of rice/chips/salad/vegetables, with bread delivered when the meal was almost finished by a waitress who seemed to drop it at a run past without a word. One evening the meal was so salty as to be unfinishable, and could still be tasted at 2 in the morning. We never saw the staff smile. French is widely spoken, English is not. If you want to settle your bill by card, you will need to do so via paypal We did exchange correspondence with Gambia Experience, who have looked into this and passed on some comments from Eric, but we still feel that potential guests should be informed about the trip we experienced
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: ask for a room numbered 1 to 6
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Response from Eric B, General Manager at Esperanto Lodge
Responded May 9, 2019
Thanks very much for your long comments. Mine will be shorter. We apologize for all you could feel negative during your too long ( for us...) stay in our lodge. In my name, in my wife 's name who is also the chef of the restaurant, in the name of our senegalese staff, we are happy to tell you that you have been elected the worst guests of the 2018-2019 season ! And probably on the podium of the last 20 years... We wish you the best which means probably for you, not to come back in the "hell" of Esperanto lodge... Kind regards from all of us, Eric General manager
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PRICE RANGE
$57 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SenegalCasamanceZiguinchor RegionKafountine
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Esperanto Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Esperanto Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Esperanto Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Esperanto Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Esperanto Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Esperanto Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Esperanto Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Esperanto Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.