Fathala Wildlife Reserve

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Senegal - Sine Saloum South  |  Karang

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Book This  7 nights | based on 2 sharing

Luxury wrapped in canvas! Opened in 2015, Fathala is increasing in popularity as more and more people discover how easy it is to travel across the border into Senegal to experience a wealth of wildlife up close whilst enjoying luxurious accommodation.

Fathala Wildlife Reserve is located within 2,000 hectares of a 6,000 hectare national reserve near Karang in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal, near the border between The Gambia and Senegal. It is like a glimpse into West Africa’s past, a past where large animals roam free, where rhino, giraffes, giant derby eland, buffalo, warthogs, vervet and colobus monkeys are a regular part of the landscape. At Fathala, you can see all this and more, and make the most of some quietly luxurious accommodation and superior service.

The real treat with Fathala, luxury safari tents aside, is that it’s big enough not to feel overly managed – the animals roam free, minding their own business and you have to travel to them in the safari trucks. That said, it’s set up in such a way that the wildlife always feels close enough, and there is always the rhino-frequented waterhole, which you can view from the excellent Mahogany restaurant and lounge, or while taking a dip in the plunge pool – the perfect place to cool off in the heat of the day.

The air-conditioned safari tents are masterpieces of gentle luxury and are arranged in pairs at the end of raised walkways. They’re spacious and cool, with wooden floors throughout and offer lovely views of the reserve. There’s nothing quite like waking in the morning to the warm background hum of the African bush, and catching a glimpse of monkeys in the branches of the mighty mahogany trees…

This property is easily reached from The Gambia and the transfer from Banjul is approximately 3 hours including a river crossing of 40 minutes which provides a real insight into African life. You can combine Fathala with any of our Gambia or Sine Saloum Delta hotels; if only staying at Fathala, you will need to spend your first night in The Gambia. It is also featured in our new Wildlife of The Gambia and Senegal tour, along with Mandina Lodges and the Chimp Rehabilitation Project Camp in the River Gambia National Park.

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Lodge Facilities

  • Plunge pool with with sunbathing deck
  • Open-air Mahogany restaurant & Bar
  • 20 luxury safari tents
  • Beauty treatments (extra charge)


  • Fathala Wildlife Reserve has an activity centre which offers a wide selection of excursions enabling you to experience the Reserve fully (payable locally in CFA,€,£,$ or can be pre-booked)
  • FATHALA SUMMER SPECIAL includes 2 dinners, a 3-hour game drive and sunset mangrove cruise with selection of drinks and snacks - £95pp in addition to the cost of your accommodation. Available for arrivals from May - September 2017.

Room Facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mosquito nets
  • Twin / double beds
  • Private deck
  • Fridge
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, twin basins, flushing toilet and guest amenities
  • Private open-air double showers
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer

Cuisine Information

The open-air Mahogany Restaurant and lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a filling continental breakfast, with hot dishes cooked to order, or a delicious lunch and evening meal, whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of the Reserve around you. The Fathala Cafeteria at the Activity Centre serves light lunches, including fresh pizzas from its own pizza oven.

The following cuisine information is available for Fathala Wildlife Reserve

  • Breakfast is served buffet style, with hot dishes cooked to order
  • Light a la carte lunches (payable locally)
  • Three-course table d'hote menu for dinner, payable locally (approximately €25pp)
  • Vegetarian options: Yes but please advise chef on arrival to discuss your requirements
  • Highchairs: Not applicable

Please note that there are no other restaurants in the vicinity as the lodge is in the middle of the game reserve. Credit cards are accepted at this property. 


  • Beach: N/A
  • Restaurants: On site
  • Transfers: From Banjul 3 Hours 

Rooms at Fathala Wildlife Reserve

Safari Tent

From £999pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

 Minimum child age: 4  

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About the Local Area (Sine Saloum South)

The Sine Saloum Delta is an 180,000-hectare area that encompasses the Saloum Delta National Park, and is a truly stunning part of Senegal.

Formed where two rivers converge on the mighty Atlantic Ocean, it's a region of great diversity consisting of a unique estuarine environment, glorious beaches, mangrove swamps, sand islands and ever-shifting dunes. The region is a joy to explore, and whether you're picking your way in a personal horse drawn carriage through the great herds of baobabs and salt-craters dug by the local women or quietly navigating the lush greenery of the labyrinthine waterways in a pirogue you're sure to absorb the region's gentle magic.

Thanks to its ecological diversity it is also rich in animal life, and for birdwatchers, the Delta will also not disappoint; home to a stunning variety of birds, such as flamingos, pelicans, herons, gulls, terns, egrets and avocets. Many of the hotels will arrange special birding trips to view them in their natural habitats.

For the fisherman, it is an angler’s dream with a wealth of fish in both the rivers and the ocean; you might even spot the odd manatee or dolphin in the coastal lagoon. Many of the hotels have their own boats or pirogues and offer specialised fishing trips, as well as more leisurely sightseeing trips along the rivers to deserted beaches and local villages.


In the Sine Saloum, many of the hotels have their own boats and offer specialised birding and fishing trips, as well as more leisurely trips along the river to deserted beaches.


As the hotels in the Sine Saloum Delta are a little more isolated, evenings are usually spent in the hotel enjoying a good meal and drinks in the bar, with occasional musical entertainment.

Activity Information

Fathala Wildlife Reserve's Activity Centre can arrange a number of activities, excursions and experiences, enabling you to fully enjoy all that the Reserve has on offer. These can be pre-booked before you travel with our Reservations Team or on arrival. (Children aged 4-12 50% discount)

Guided Game Drive

During your stay at Fathala enjoy a typical African bush experience in an open air vehicle on a guided sunrise or sunset game drive through our reserve. See family herds of the rare West African giant derby eland – only found in this part of the world, and visit the breeding camp – and other antelope species such as roan, waterbuck and bushbuck. Also to be seen are giraffes, rhino, buffalo, warthog as well as red colobus, green vervet and red patas monkeys and exquisitely coloured bird species amongst the giant African mahogany trees. Enjoy morning coffee or evening sundowners and snacks next to the waterhole as you experience a magnificent African sunrise or sunset. Binoculars are advisable as animal and bird sightings are not always close by.

Duration: 3 hours

Includes: Guided Game Drive, vehicle, guide and snacks and drinks