Stayed here for one week with a colleague from our Primary School in UK as we have a link with a Gambian Lower Basic School. This place is a real find. I knew we would be welcome from the first email enquiry that I made. It is a run by a UK family(Jenny, Brendan, Jo and Butch), who have built the place up over the 7 years that they have lived in The Gambia. Their ethos is to support the local community wherever possible and visitors are requested to be responsible travellers by respecting the water and electricity. The water is piped into the ensuite rooms, providing flushable toilet, sink and shower. It is heated by the sun and so at times the water is warm, but the cool water showers were never an issue for us. We also soon got used to not leaving the water running while showering. The electricity is solar generated so we always charged equipment during daylight hours, never a problem. There is eletricity over night for lighting in the rooms though. We stayed in room 6 which had a double and single bed in the room. Both beds had good quality mosquito nets attached over them for night use. There was an ample cupboard with hanging rail, hangers and shelves. The room was decorated with local art work. The ensuite had a curtain for a door, which is common having stayed in another Gambian lodge. There was a choice of about four dishes for breakfast, with tea and coffee, fruit juice, fruit salad and bread with local honey and jams available each day ... delicious. The Project Lodge was very busy while we were there but actually this added to our stay as we chatted to volunteers involved in different projects over a drink in the evenings. We also were invited to join in the evening entertainment (not sure if this always happens). This included a djembe drum lesson from Butch (who can also take orders for purchase of a djembe drum and gives advise on preparing it for transport on the plane), a drumming band and a traditional band. All take place around an atmospheric fire, just brilliant! There was a good choice of evening meals (Gambian and other country). All the staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you. We had some washing done while there, appreciated this service as I know this was hand washed by a local lady. Overall this was a real gem and we look forward to visiting again in the future. I would not think twice about bringing my young (9 and 10 year old) family here. Highly recommended.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Gunjur Project Lodge Gambia