It's back home from Gambia really. Bakau as such is irrelevant.
A really nice 10-day visit. My friends unsuccessfully tried to have the flight cancelled or have me kidnapped cos they knew I didnt want to leave. Come back 'Ash Cloud'. (That gave me four extra days a while back!).
Stayed at the small long-established African Village Hotel on the cliff top not far from Ngala Lodge and on the road to Cape Point. Wonderful views from the dining room terrace, and the sea lapping or crashing according to the day around the sand-covered bathing platform where you can soak sun bumster-free! Thats one of the assets of this hotel thats underrated.
Platform doesn't sound very nice, but it is. The sloping path down and some 30 steps might be tiring for some people. There is a beach but there are submerged rocks, and an undertow as everywhere in TG, so only for paddling.
The sunbathing area round the circular pool with it's island bar has been greatly extended at the rear. More space for the Entertainment too. A big improvement.
A new food manager has proudly improved that aspect although the breakfast is still limited.
Other attributes are single rooms at no supplement. A lot of singles travel with friends but don't want to share. People with business in TG - charity organisers for example - only need a single room. The wifi worked! The best attribute is the staff; friendly, smiling (of course!), helpful and never greedy. The same faces year after year. Its like staying with your family. Your holiday takes off from the first moment.
Outside there is plenty of transport. Mcdmorrows is decent plain restaurant at short distance (does takeaways if asked!) and a walk along to the uniquely furnished Bakau Guesthouse at about 5.30 to see the fishing boats come in, and to watch Africa at work from the balcony in seeming confusion below, is a highlight. From there, stroll in the warmth of the early evening down to Cape Point for a second drink at the hotels or civilised Calypso beach bar-restaurant just beyond Ocean Bay, or 'Mr Bass' on the corner and listen to the music and the banter of the boys as they try to pick out a marriage partner to take them to Europe or buy them a taxi! Some have got lucky. Plenty of evidence.
Some people will sneer at some of the old fashioned and frankly worn out aspects of this hotel. Drawers that wont close, damaged fitments, cisterns that dont always refill and the like. But does it really matter when all outside is beautiful and buzzing? And always remember the price D650 ppn. Economical!
If part of your holiday pleasure is the excellence of the hotel then this is probably not the place for you. If you require an inexpensive, safe, very friendly hotel in a traditional neighbourhood where tourists, though of course welcome, are not what it's all about and you can forgive a few shortcomings, (more comfortable than a camping holday) then this could well be for you!
I am only one of hundreds of repeat visitors, including Gambians over from abroad to see their families. I recommend it almost without reservation for what it gives.