Bakotu Hotel

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The Gambia  |  Kotu

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Bakotu is a delightful, family-run small hotel which is particularly popular with ornithologists and nature lovers, due to the tropical gardens and nature walk beside Kotu Stream.

Our Expert Opinion

"A birdwatcher's paradise. The hotel is very tranquil, and I loved the viewing platform offering uninterrupted views out to Kotu creek. Being just a short walk to the beach and craft market too it really has a wide appeal."

- Danielle, Sales


What we love

  • The nature walk and bird deck that overlooks Kotu stream.
  • The variety of food and restaurants, from simple Gambian cuisine at Boss Lady, to à la carte dining experiences at Captain’s Table.

Good to know

  • Chris Packham uses the hotel as a base for his birdwatching tours. He says: ‘Bakotu is my second home. Small, quiet, friendly, with good restaurants in and around, it also has lovely gardens which are full of bird and mammal life. It’s the perfect place to stay and connect with The Gambia’s wonderful wildlife.’


Wildlife on your doorstep

Blessed by its own quiet charm and defined by tranquillity and a friendly atmosphere, Bakotu is a firm favourite of our guests, offering a haven in the heart of bustling Kotu. While the hotel is a well-kept secret to many, Chris Packham has certainly discovered the serenity that Bakotu is characterised by, and stays here whenever he visits The Gambia.

The emphasis at this hotel is on relaxation, and you won’t find any loud music or organised pool games here. It is set back from the golden sands of Kotu Beach, which is easily accessible for those seeking to feel the sand between their toes, but still enjoys beautiful natural surroundings. At the back of the hotel you’ll discover a large decked area set beneath towering trees and overlooking Kotu Stream, and here you can observe vervet monkeys, monitor lizards and upwards of 50 species of bird.

Guest rooms amongst the gardens

The simply furnished yet comfortable rooms are located in largely single-storey bungalows throughout the lovingly tended, mature tropical gardens. Décor varies from room to room 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.

Dining at Bakotu

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. For those booking half board, the package is flexible with the option to dine at Boss Lady serving Gambian specials, plus a weekly meal at Captain’s Table restaurant in addition to the standard buffet dinners.

Explore the local area

Kombo Beach and Bungalow Beach hotels are nearby, plus a couple of further beach bars, and although Kotu is becoming a busier area, it remains quiet in comparison to the nearby resort of Kololi. There’s a small craft market across the road selling all manner of traditional handmade souvenirs, which also leads through to the sandy beach.

How about some birdwatching?

Chris Packham will be returning to Bakotu in February 2019, and places on his tours are proving very popular once again. Alternatively, why not book a private day out spotting a host of bird life with our recommended local guide. Find out more about our Birdwatching Holidays.

Official local hotel rating: 1 star (we are confident of our own 3 grade rating)




Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence



It's truly a home from home, so friendly, so helpful, it's a superb hotel with lovely shady gardens and is perfectly placed to explore the Kotu creek or the beach and local markets. And, the food in the restaurants is fabulous - I always look forward to checking in.

Chris Packham, BBC presenter


What's included in your booking

  • Return flights, 20kg luggage allowance, in-flight meals
  • Gambia guide with exclusive discounts
  • Airport transfers
  • Service of dedicated in-resort reps

Hotel Facilities

  • Swimming pool with sun terrace
  • Attractive tropical gardens with nature walk
  • Minimarket
  • Pool bar 
  • Wi-Fi in bar, reception and pool areas (connection may be erratic)
  • Beauty parlour (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 - on request (payable locally)
  • *Fans (payable locally)
  • Terrace
  • Air-conditioned and family rooms (available at a supplement)

* It's possible to book and pay for these items in advance directly with the hotel to ensure availability - requests are not guaranteed due to limited supply.


  • The hotel provides a peaceful sanctuary for those looking for a relaxing holiday; there's 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'hôte
  • Choice of one hot dish at breakfast also included
  • Snacks, brunch and lunch at pool bar
  • Captain's Table à la carte restaurant
  • Boss Lady traditional Gambian restaurant
  • Room Service: Available
  • Flexible half board package: based in the Baobab Restaurant, guests can choose lunch or dinner or swap to eat at Boss Lady


  • Beach: 100m
  • Restaurants: Resort of Kotu
  • Transfers: 45 minutes

Rooms at Bakotu Hotel

Standard Room

From £604pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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Family Room

From £604pp

Sleeps up to 5 (3 adults)


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One Bedroom Apartment

From £660pp

Sleeps up to 4 


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Air Conditioned Room

From £667pp

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.


A 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.