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The Gambia  |  Kotu

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Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 7 nights

from £699pp (based on 2 sharing)

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from £739pp (based on 2 sharing)

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A delightful small hotel particularly popular with ornithologists and nature lovers due to the tropical gardens and nature walk beside Kotu stream.

The Bakotu Hotel has been a firm favourite of our guests and BBC presenter Chris Packham for many years, mainly thanks to the warm welcome the staff provide and the fantastic birdwatching opportunities available within the hotel's lush gardens. It is also in a good location close to the beach and there are a couple of other hotels, small restaurants, beach bars and a craft market nearby.

The hotel provides a peaceful sanctuary for those looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, with no loud music or organised pool games to disturb the tranquillity, except for an occasional visit from local cultural entertainers. There is also a birdwatching deck overlooking Kotu stream which is a perfect location to spot a wide variety of birdlife, enjoyable even for amateur twitchers!

The simple yet comfortable rooms are located throughout the lovingly tended, mature tropical gardens and, although they are all furnished to the same standard, the decor varies from room to room. Family rooms, many with bunk beds for the children, are available and a limited number of standard rooms have air-conditioning which is available at a supplement; these can be booked in advance exclusively by Gambia Experience guests to ensure availability.

Once again, we have arranged for your choice of cooked breakfast or other hot dish from the à la carte breakfast menu to be included in the price of your holiday, in addition to the basic continental breakfast provided. For dinner Captain's Table, the hotel's à la carte restaurant, is very popular and enjoys a good reputation for evening food, especially its shrimp specials. There is also a pool bar, plus a second restaurant on their hotel frontage adding to the increased choice of places to eat and drink in the area. If you choose the half board option this offers a flexible dining package: based on dinner in the Baobab restaurant, you also have the option to swap for lunch or to dine in Boss Lady Gambian restaurant.  In addition, dinner comprising one main course is included at Captain's Table a la carte restaurant each week if you so choose.

The hotel also has its own mini-market for your convenience. With the Kombo Beach and Bungalow Beach hotels nearby, plus a couple of further beach bars, Kotu is becoming a busier area during the day and evening but remains quiet in comparison to the nearby resort of Kololi. Although Bakotu is not directly on the beach in order to retain its tranquil atmosphere, the welcoming sand is only 100 metres away and can be reached by strolling through the craft market. The time this takes will depend on the amount of bartering and shopping undertaken en route!

Bakotu has been chosen by BBC Springwatch presenter and ornithologist Chris Packham as the base for his birdwatching tours for several years, and the hotel is a real treat for nature lovers with its visiting monkeys and monitor lizards, plus the resident giant tortoise and her offspring wandering around the lush gardens. To quote Chris: 'I love Bakotu because it feels like a home from home - the friendly, family atmosphere, the wonderful lush gardens so good for birdwatching, the excellent restaurant... Essentially, its the perfect place for me and my family and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else'. Chris will be returning to Bakotu in February 2016 and places on his tours are proving very popular once again.


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Hotel Facilities

  • Small pool with sun terrace and pool bar
  • Attractive tropical gardens with nature walk
  • Mini-market
  • Pool bar 
  • Laundry service (payable locally)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • In-house massage service (payable locally)
  • Limited safety deposit boxes in reception (payable locally)
  • Birdwatching deck
  • 80 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Twins and doubles
  • 2 and/or 3 pin sockets
  • Fridge (payable locally)
  • Fans (payable locally)
  • Air-conditioned and family rooms (available at a supplement)


  • The hotel provides a peaceful sanctuary for those looking for a relaxing holiday; there is no loud music or organised pool games with perhaps only the occasional visit by local cultural entertainers.

Cuisine Information

  • Baobab Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch and dinner including table d'hote
  • Hot dish at breakfast also included
  • Snacks, brunch and lunch at pool bar
  • Captain's Table à la carte restaurant
  • Boss lady restaurant
  • Room Service: Available
  • Flexible half board package:based in the baobab restaurant, guests can choose lunch ot dinner or swap to eat at boss lady

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Rooms at Bakotu

Standard Room

From £699pp

Sleeps up to 4 (3 adults)


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Family Room

From £699pp

Sleeps up to 5 (3 adults)


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Air Conditioned Room

From £755pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Tempting dishes at Bakotu restaurants

Baobab Restaurant

Gambian/International Cuisine


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One of the restaurants at Bakotu Hotel

Boss Lady

Gambian Restaurant/Café


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Captain's Table a la carte restaurant, Hotel Bakotu

Captain's Table

International Cuisine


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South Kotu


Italian Cuisine


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South Kotu


Lebanese Cuisine

(excluding Sundays)

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About the Local Area (Kotu)

This is a resort area that has developed over the past few years with some new bars and restaurants now open in winter, in addition to hotel restaurants which are open to the public.

Kotu boasts some popular hotels, with Kombo Beach dominating the beachfront. There is also the quieter charm of Bakotu and the beautiful gardens of Bungalow Beach Aparthotel. The area also has a busy and boisterous craft market in which you can find batiks and all manner of superb wood carvings. Kotu has a number of good restaurants including the excellent Sailor's local restaurant which is along the beach. There is also a golf course nearby.


Another wide, sandy beach which is fairly flat and ideal for families, although not a very deep beach in terms of distance to the ocean. The area outside the Sunset Beach can change quite dramatically depending on the direction of the Kotu stream.