For animal lovers and those new to travelling this hotel is great. The staff are very helpful but sometimes a little too pushy with trying to sell you their services. I would not recommend Gambia to Honeymooners as there is no privacy, the people are incredibly friendly and will really look after you but they are only motivated by money. Single women may find they get too much attention as most of the Gambian men are pushy in that way too, I heard a lot of stories about women that had married locals who then disappeared once in the UK.
The beach, hotel services and facilities, weather and safety aspect of our trip was faultless, it was definitely the best week of my life so far once I changed my expectation of a romantic holiday! I've never felt so safe anywhere but I would advise taking trips with one of the staff from the hotel for a pre-agreed fee and always tell the local "bumsters" you have been to Gambia before or they will try to sell you their Granny! Be prepared to tip for everything and be prepared to say "No thank you" constantly as you walk up the strip or along the beach.
The hotel is almost twice as expensive as the local restaurants so I would recommend going B&B and getting stuck into trying the local cuisine as well as the many other types of food on offer. The Green Mamba was my favourite restaurant but is slightly dearer than others. Don't be scared to have a look at the menus and carry on walking if you're not keen.
The monkey park is a 5 minute walk up the beach from the hotel and you can visit with the staff that feed the vultures in the hotel grounds everyday at 11:30am before walking along the beach to Bijilo Forest. We paid 150 Dalasi to go with him even though it was only 30 Dalasi to get in as we were not used to the pushy bumsters on the beach yet and you are guaranteed to have next to no hassle if you are walking with a local guide. Alternatively, if you walk knee-deep in the sea they wont get their feet wet to pester you!
We took a day trip with one of the hotel staff and visited the Crocodile Pool, a Red Cross school, Paradise Beach, the local fishing village, Lamin Lodge and Serekunda market for only £20 per person plus donations and lunch. Just two of these were included in the Thomas Cook outings and were £50pp.
I would definitely recommend Gambia and the Senegambia Hotel, I would love to go back for two weeks+ next time as a week was only just enough to settle in and get used to Gambian culture. There is a lot more further afield to see such as trips along the river or into Senegal to see more wildlife and village life away from the main tourist areas.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda