Located in the Casamance region of southern Senegal, this family-run, intimate lodge is a perfect add-on to a Gambia holiday, and a haven for birdwatchers.
Esperanto Lodge sits in the midst of an ancient palm forest between a coastal lagoon on one side, with direct access to a stunning beach on the other. A beach bar with sunloungers enables you to enjoy the African sunshine, and although there is no swimming pool at the property, the ocean remains as inviting as ever. The lagoon itself fills at high tide and a viewing deck enables you to relax, enjoy the view and witness a wide range of bird species.
Comfort and dining
A warm welcome awaits from French (yet English-speaking) owner, Eric, who treats his guests as friends. Esperanto Lodge was named after the international language which unites people of all nationalities, and represents the feeling here - of community and friendship. His West African wife, Justine, will be your chef and hostess for the duration of your stay.
Eight simple bungalows are dotted amongst the tropical gardens, complete with a wide variety of native plants and trees, hammocks and relaxation areas. Rooms are simple and decorated in a traditional style, each with mosquito nets and a standing fan. A communal bar and covered dining area serves as the focal point of the lodge, serving tasty, freshly prepared French cuisine and a selection of French wines. There is also a pizza oven - weekly pizza evenings are not to be missed! Due to the location, there are no restaurants in the area surrounding the lodge.
Esperanto Lodge is located 3km from the traditional Senegalese fishing village of Kafountine on the West Atlantic coast. It enjoys a sense of complete tranquillity, yet with opportunities to witness authentic African life through locally arranged excursions.
As in any destination, we would not recommend walking in remote areas after dark.