Esperanto Lodge

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Senegal - Casamance  |  Kafountine

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Book This  7 nights | based on 2 sharing

A hidden gem on a deserted stretch of white-sand beach, this simple and welcoming lodge is located just a 3 hour drive from The Gambia.

Our Expert Opinion

"What struck me most was the pure sense of tranquillity here – the sense of total relaxation is hard to resist, and then there’s the beach – wow!"

- Karen, Product Manager


What we love

  • The warm, friendly welcome from the English-speaking owner.
  • The tidal lagoon alongside the lodge grounds which is a haven for birdlife.


Good to know

  • A number of local excursions can be arranged on arrival; a knowledge of French would be useful when speaking to guides.
  • Access to the beach is via a wooden bridge; we wouldn't recommend this property for those with walking difficulties.


A relaxed escape in the African sunshine

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.

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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.


Board Basis


Hotel Facilities

  • Fantastic, unspoilt beach (no swimming pool)
  • Extensive gardens with relaxation areas
  • Restaurant/bar
  • Small beach bar with sun beds
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (connection may be erratic)
  • Covered viewing deck overlooking lagoon
  • Access to beach via a wooden bridge across the creek
  • Bicycle rental and excursion programme (local charge)
  • 8 bungalows

Room Facilities

  • Double bed
  • Fan (no air-conditioning)
  • Mosquito net
  • 2 pin plugs

Cuisine Information

  • Restaurant with extensive à la carte menu for lunch and dinner (payable locally)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Pizza oven


  • Beach: Beachfront
  • Restaurants: On site
  • Transfers: 3 hours from Banjul

Rooms at Esperanto Lodge

Standard lodge

From £1,279pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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