I couldn´t imagine a better place to stay in the Gambia than the NEMA KUTA GARDEN CAMP. Here, "nice to be nice" is not just a saying but a way of living and a way of treating you kindly. Wether it is the cook who is preparing the best food ever (with delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables, of course), or Alex who literally knows everything about the Gambia you wanna know (he is also a tour guide) or the rest of the staff who is showing you how to prepare Ataya.
The location is wonderful and lovely - it is a real garden in a peaceful surrounding with lots of trees and birds. The beach is about 15 minutes by walk away. And because there is no big touristic area in Gunjur you have it all to yourself.
The accommodations are simple but comfortable and cover all your needs.
I highly recommend NEMA KUTA GARDEN CAMP to everyone who is looking for a good alternative to big touristic hotels. Thank you guys for making our stay in Gunjur so special and for showing us why the Gambia is called the smiling cost of Africa.
As i arrived to Nema Kuta in 2018 January, just by chance, first i had appreciated the wonderful location in Gunjur area and 10 Minuten beautiful walk to the Beach. In Nema Kuta the rooms were so safe and comfortable, that makes it the best spot to discover the Region, South Gambia and Cassamas/Senegal.
Nema Kuta was such a nice "Camp" which all fruit and vegtables grow there to snack and cook. There is a very small and friendly team, that makes life better. You can get any kind of support and inspiration from the team easily. The Manager Alex is an experienced Guide also, there is nothing he doesn't know...
He is also conductor of the "Nema Kuta Garden Band" which plays traditional drums. As a very big privillige, they show you how it works, if you want to learn about it!
And not just drums, also food, plants, rezepies, language, skills...
Honestly i spend a big amount of my time somehow in Nema Kuta and didn't travel that much as i planned! I enjoyed, learnd and experience the hole life and culture of the Region in just two weeks, thank to Nema Kuta, where you feel yourself like a local person and part of a big family.
I miss it!
Nema Kuta Camp is really something special. Alex and his team really takes care of visitors with warm and friendly way. Many kind of fruits directly from the trees, cashew peanuts from the ground roasted fresch and warm, even drums players by the open fire... you just can't find that in the city hotel.
We had an opportunity to take well organized trips to Gambian sightseeing, Senegal and to local forest where we could see animals (it's better not to tell details, keep yourself calm!).
I really recommend to experience stay overnight at Nema Kuta Camp even though you had hotel accommodation somewhere else in the Gambia. Maybe next time Nema Kuta Camp is the place of accommodation for your entire vacation.
The location of Nema Kuta feels pretty "off the grid". There are a few similar lodges in the area and some locals living in the vicinity, but other than that there isn't much else going on close-by. A nice beach is about a 10 minutes walk away, which you get pretty much to yourselves - no big commercial hotels or seas of sunbeds, though there are 2 wooden sunbeds standing close to the water. If you want to go to another beach with more people and some cafés with food and drinks etc, there is one a short drive away (which the people at Nema Kuta can help you find).
Nema Kuta itself is a cozy place with fruits and vegetables growing in the garden and handmade chairs being crafted in the backyard. There is also a spot to eat and socialize outdoors under a roof; it's the place you'll probably eat breakfast at and sit and talk at into the night. We slept in one of the round houses, which have two rooms: a bedroom with two double beds, and a bathroom. It's pretty simple but the beds are pretty comfortable and all your basic needs are covered. The toilet is not a water closet that you flush, but a composting toilet which is a part of Nema Kuta's ecological approach.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive experience with a pool and breakfast buffet, this is not the hotel for you. But if you on the other hand is looking for a place close to nature and far away from tourist traps, this might be a good alternative for you.
The people working at Nema Kuta are friendly and helpful, and can help arrange trips or drumming lessons etc. If you are interested in living at a secluded resort and getting a genuine Gambian experience and meeting some ordinary Gambians, I strongly recommend Nema Kuta.