What We Think
The Senegambia Hotel is the largest and one of the best-known hotels in The Gambia. It is situated beside the beach in the lively resort of Kololi, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to get out and sample the many different bars and restaurants on the hotel’s doorstep.
This is a lively hotel with a wide range of activities aimed at adults, teenagers and children – the most popular being the daily vulture feeding which takes place in the hotel’s gardens, attracting several species of birds, monitor lizards as well as monkeys looking for a free lunch. The famous Senegambia gardens attract an amazing array of birdlife and the hotel's resident ornithologist is on hand to provide tours within the grounds; the beautiful gardens may also used for private evening functions, weddings and occasional live concerts.
Whilst the beach outside the hotel has suffered from erosion in recent years, there is an impressive beachside pool and bar which is the focus of much of the daytime activities including water polo, volleyball, tennis and organised games. There is a second smaller pool near the main building that offers an alternative to the lively pool games during winter, or guests looking for a little peace and quiet will easily find a secluded spot during the day within the twenty acres of grounds. The pool terrace is ideal for relaxing and provides snacks and cool refreshing drinks. For a livelier lunch, head for the beach bar.
Evening entertainment at the Senegambia during winter is both varied and lively, including African folklore nights and themed buffet evenings in the Domordula, the hotel's main restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating areas (closed from May to October), and a weekly poolside barbecue. The extensive half board buffet is particularly popular, with the Portofino pizza restaurant in the hotel providing an excellent value, alternative dining option. However if you want to sample The Gambia's nightlife, bed and breakfast would be a good choice as there are so many excellent restaurants just a short stroll away. Back in the hotel, the comfortable air-conditioned Safari lounge bar is popular for a drink to round off the day.
All of the rooms are in two-storey buildings dotted throughout the grounds, with some in the main building, and all include air-conditioning as standard. All are equipped with television and mini-fridge, and with the majority of rooms being set in the gardens, you won’t need to go further than your balcony to witness the varied birdlife that calls the Senegambia home. The option to upgrade to a studio with separate bedroom and kitchenette is available, although these often sell out so it is best to book early - additional 1-bedroom Kololi apartments with tea/coffee-making facilities located in the gardens near reception will be available from Winter 2013 on request.
The Gambia Experience Resort Office is located by the entrance to the hotel should you need to speak to a representative outside of visiting hours or need any assistance.
Due to its location and varied activities and entertainment programme, this large hotel has a high number of repeat guests and is popular with couples, groups and families alike who return year after year.