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Jinack Lodge
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Jinack Lodge is an absolutely amazing place, a great get a way. The owners Devon and Ams, cannot do enough to make their guests comfortable. The accommodation, is clean and comfortable, and in a Gambian style. The food is just amazing, cooked fresh, plentiful and tasty!
Lots of beautiful birds around and the gorgeous sandy beach is to die for. We hired the boat for a fishing trip, and the captain and his crew couldn't do enough for us. Everyone should spend time here, if they are going to Gambia, it is a haven away from the hassle................LOVED it!!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Once again a fantastic holiday,There have been improvements made since our last visit and the construction of The self catering family unit is well underway this will be a great asset to the lodge. This year was spent doing very little,just walking along the deserted beach , watching the builders build the new lodge, Reading under the trees, Relaxing in the hammock, Here there is no pressure to do anything,
We were very fortunate and privelaged to be invited to a nameing ceromony in the local village. This was quite spectacular and an honour to attend.
The room was lovley and food was very nice, the staff will bend over backwards to help in any way they can.
The evenings were spent around the campfire chatting and on occasion the jembie drums appeared, Played better by some than others, all good fun.
If you want to get away from it all, go back to the basics and relax then this is the place to do it.
Thank you Devon and Amms see you all soon

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dcg4
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at jinack lodge for 10days 9-19th jan 2013 I enjoyed every minute of it!! The lodge is on jinack island which is also known as Paradise island, this is perfect fitting!
This is a way to see the real Gambia at its best, there is a local village about 20min walk away that is very welcoming. There is no hassle just peace and quiet! The village is still very traditional n untouched by modern influences!

The lodge it's self is beautiful and has a great location. It has it's own beach on its door step. Everyone at the lodge are friendly and do there best to accommodate everyone's needs. It has a nice rustic feel to the lodge, Devon and amms who own and run the lodge have got a great balance between the tradition and modern influences that run through out the lodge!
The lodge is the place to go if you want to get away from the everyday rat race and find true relaxation. It's remote from the mainland so it has no disturbances it's very peaceful this is what gives it it's edge and appeal.
The main land is a 40min boat ride away (feels like 5min). U can arrange excursions to the mainland, I did the monkey park and the crocodile pool which are very interesting even touched a crocodile. Everything is cheap and easy Devon n amms arrange it all for u so u are picked up and dropped off no worries!!
Some evenings at the lodge they put on a night of local musicians this was really enlightening and entertaining. This can be round a camp fire on the beach or at the back of the lodge.

The lodge has a good is foundation and has the potential to go a long way! It is a great idea and also helps the island as it is employs the locals! I couldn't be more happy with what I saw and experienced! Can't wait to book again and re live my experience! Definitely the real Gambia!!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Annalida89
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We visited Jinack ("eco") Lodge during our holiday to Gambia, as we wanted to see more than just the busier, touristy parts of the country. It was everything and more we'd hoped for. Jinack Island isn't actually an island, more a finger-shaped peninsula joined by a strip to the northern mainland. We arranged directly with Jinack Lodge to pick us up, take us to the port at Banjul and across the Gambia river, then along the Atlantic coast, in the lodge's pirogue (small boat), a few steps across a gorgeous deserted sandy beach and you are at Jinack Lodge. The Lodge relies on solar power for all its electricity and to pump water from its well, so it's quite basic. Get used to utter darkness and utter silence (of a manmade kind)! Candlelight only when night comes. Only traffic is an occasional bush-"taxi" (4wd vehicle). There are four individual lodges to stay in, all colourfully decorated. Mosquito nets already in place. We only stayed overnight, but the food (we're veggies) was brilliant considering the small size of the kitchen and lack of 'mains' electricity. Birdlife is Gambian-perfect, and you can walk 15-20 mins to one of two local villages - expect to be greeted by gaggles of excitable, chatting children! Half of the island is in Gambia, half in Senegal, but no border controls - adds to the atmosphere. Jinack Lodge is jointly owned by Devon (a Mancunian) and his Gambian partner, whose name shamefully we have now forgotten. It is a work in progress, a very new venture, and they have great plans for improvements - eg a generator to supplement the solar so water can be pumped more easily, and somewhere other than a small office for Devon himself to sleep! Great experience, worth supporting.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Threeberthcarriage
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We spent Xmas 2012 at Jinack Lodge and couldn't have asked for any more. We only booked for 2 nights initially but we ended up staying for 7 in all. After we arrived there was no way we were going to go anywhere else! The lodges are perfect and very comfortable, the authentic african food was great, candle lit meals every night. Dev and Amadou and their staff gave us 5 star hospitality. Loved the evening camp fires with Bamba and the other guys with their djembe drums. Would recommend this place to anyone and we'll try our best to get back there ourselves soon.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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