UNIQUE HOLIDAYS

Imagine waking in a four-poster bed in a lodge floating on the River Gambia, with the soft hum of the African bush as the soundtrack for the coming day; or escaping to a secluded eco-retreat on a deserted stretch of beach; perhaps dining on locally grown food overlooking a watering hole as a rhino drinks its fill; or staying in a small boutique hotel and exploring the local village
with your hosts...

 

VIEW UNIQUE HOLIDAYS

What is our 'Unique Collection'?

Each of our unique properties is exclusive to us and they offer a range of options from relaxed indulgence to very individual style and exceptional service. They also offer the opportunity to venture beyond the usual tourist resorts and experience more of this wonderful country.

Mesmerising sunsets over the pool at White Horse Residence

Peace and tranquillity...

Sometimes all you need is total relaxation - to switch off, leave the world behind you and let someone else take the strain. Our unique properties, with their emphasis on service, serenity and individuality are the perfect antidote to our hectic lives. 

Relaxation on Waterhouse deck, Chimp Rehabilitation Project Camp

Experience wildlife in style...

At Chimp Camp you can venture upriver and see the apes in their natural environment; at Fathala, relax in your luxury safari tent and hear the hum of the African bush; and in your coastal lodge at Tanji, awaken to the glory of an exquisite dawn chorus. 

 

A magical atmosphere at Mandina Lodges

Memories

We're convinced that a stay at one of our unique properties, or combining a stay at two or more in a tailormade break, will give you a true holiday of a lifetime. Come and experience The Gambia with us; it's the stuff that dreams are made of...

Unique Accommodation

Unique Accommodation

Impressive two-storey stilted lodge at Mandina

Mandina Lodges

There is simply nothing quite like Mandina. Hidden away in the African bush on a mangrove-lined tributary of the River Gambia, with a unique combination of river and jungle lodges, it truly has its own special atmosphere - one that gradually works its way into you over the course of your stay...

Mandina Lodges

Mesmerising sunsets over the pool at White Horse Residence

White Horse Residence

New to our 2014 programme, the White Horse Residence with just seven rooms is an oasis of peace and calm. Bearing a colonial poise and charm, it's set high above a deserted beach and blessed with some of the most dazzling views anywhere in The Gambia.

White Horse Residence

Chimp living on Baboon Islands at Chimp Rehabilitation Project camp

Chimp Rehabilitation Project

A fascinating four hour journey upriver brings you to your beautiful camp. From here, overlooking the river and series of small islands that the chimps now call home, you can watch hippos and see the chimps in their natural environment. This is a different side to The Gambia and truly an experience of a lifetime.

Chimp Rehabilitation Project

Room at Sandele Eco-Retreat

Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat

The key word at Sandele is ‘relaxation’ – indeed, given that you have a deserted beach right on your doorstep and are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort areas, you might say it was something of a requirement…

Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat

Sun loungers at Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Set in the heart of the unbelievably bird-rich Tanji Bird Reserve looking across to Tanji shore and a beautiful stretch of coastline, Tanji Eco-Lodge is a unique community-run property and a real paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Rivers of West Africa cruise

Rivers of West Africa Cruise

7 nights aboard the Harmony V, combined with 4 nights in a 4 hotel in The Gambia, the Rivers of West Africa Cruise will give you a real opportunity to experience a side of The Gambia other people rarely get to see. 

Rivers of West Africa Cruise

The Gunjur Project swimming pool

Gunjur Project Lodge

Set in the rural village of Gunjur, just 40 minutes south of the main resort areas, the Gunjur Project is a charming, family-run lodge with peaceful surroundings and a unique ethos.

Gunjur Project Lodge

Our favourite tailormade holidays...

Boutique & Unique

7 nights B&B at Ngala Lodge and 4 nights HB at Mandina Lodges
Perfect for couples looking for a romantic holiday by spending a week relaxing at the boutique Ngala Lodge, a child-free hotel which is renowned for excellent cuisine, personal service and peaceful surroundings. Followed by a stay at unique Mandina Lodges to experience birdlife and peacefulness of the river location.

Coast & African Bush

7 nights B&B at 5* Kairaba Hotel & 3 nights HB at Mandina Lodges
Enjoy a week at the Kairaba, one of the country’s most popular hotels, relaxing in the spacious gardens, taking afternoon tea on the terrace and soaking up the rays on the beach before heading to Mandina Lodges where you can stay in a lodge set amongst the trees beside the river or actually floating on the water.

Mandina, Chimp Camp, Sandele

3 nights HB at Mandina, 3 nights FB at Chimp Camp, 4 nights HB at Sandele.
If you’re looking for a holiday to escape everyday life and truly relax, this could be the perfect holiday for you. 3 nights relaxing in style at Mandina Lodges followed by a journey upriver to see the remarkable Chimp Camp on the River Gambia and finally a total chill-out at Sandele where total relaxation is the order of the day.

 

SEE MORE TAILORMADE HOLIDAYS

 

The holiday as usual from start to finish was wonderful. Lovely people, hotels and service.

Mrs Platt – Guest - Mandina Lodges