Fathala Wildlife Reserve

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Senegal - Sine Saloum South  |  Karang

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Book This  7 nights | based on 2 sharing
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Book This  7 nights | based on 2 sharing

Hop across the Gambian border into neighbouring Senegal, where you’ll discover luxury wrapped in canvas. Staying in luxurious, air-conditioned safari tents, Fathala allows guests to experience a wide selection of Africa’s superb wildlife.

Travel Agent Opinion

"Fathala is a magical place! We loved our luxury tent, the food, the safaris and watching the rhino and warthogs feeding at the watering hole at sunset was an unforgettable experience."

- Janine Kelso, Travel Weekly


What we love

  • Observing the rhino up close during dinner when he visits the watering hole at the lodge.
  • The 40-minute ferry crossing – a wonderful opportunity to experience authentic African life before arriving at your lodge.


Good to know

  • Upgrade to a deluxe safari tent, complete with open air Jacuzzi.
  • Packages are available to pre-book year round, including dinners and a selection of excursions. Alternatively, individual trips can be arranged on arrival.
  • A wide variety of birds can be viewed around the reserve, however it is not possible to walk unaccompanied outside the grounds of the lodge itself.


A unique location

Fathala Wildlife Reserve is totally unique and allows you to combine a safari experience with a wide range of other excursion options, making the most of its unique location close to the waterways of the Sine Saloum Delta, rich with birdlife.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa from the terrace of your luxurious accommodation, or cool off in the plunge pool. A magical atmosphere exists by night as guests gather around the fire pit, observing the wildlife at the nearby watering hole before dining in the traditional thatched restaurant.

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Safari excursion

Take a glimpse into West Africa’s past on board a safari truck for a local game drive which run morning and evening. Expert guides will help you to explore the bush and its inhabitants, including rhino, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, monkeys, antelope including the endangered Lord Derby Eland and more, all roaming free. This experience allows you to get close to these incredible animals which have been reintroduced to their natural habitat, so be sure to remember your camera!

The real treat with Fathala, luxury safari tents aside, is that it’s big enough not to feel overly managed. Set within 5,000 acres of a 15,000 acre national reserve in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal – the animals roam free, minding their own business – and yet it is set up in such a way that the wildlife always feels close enough to lend a sense of being immersed in Africa.

How to get to Fathala 

This property is easily reached from The Gambia and the transfer from Banjul is approximately four hours, often less depending on border crossing times, including a river crossing of 40 minutes. You can combine Fathala with any of our Gambia or Sine Saloum Delta hotels; if only staying at Fathala or combination of Senegal properties, you'll need to spend your first night in The Gambia. Due to the slightly erratic nature of the ferry timetable it may be worth considering not returning to Gambia on your return flight day for peace of mind.

It is also featured in our 7-night 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 sunbathing deck
  • Open-air Mahogany restaurant & bar
  • 20 luxury safari tents


  • Fathala Wildlife Reserve has a newly renovated 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 WINTER SPECIAL: the 2-night option includes two dinners, a 3-hour guided game drive and one sunset mangrove cruise per person (including snacks and selected drinks)​ - from £135pp in addition to the cost of your accommodation. Available winter 2019/20 & winter 2020/21
  • FATHALA WINTER SPECIAL: the 3-night option includes three dinners, a 3-hour guided game drive (including snacks and selected drinks), one full-day island boat trip (including lunch and selected drinks) and one bush walk per person (including water, coffee and biscuits) - from £215pp in addition to the cost of your accommodation. Available winter 2019/20 & winter 2020/21
  • FATHALA SUMMER SPECIAL: includes two dinners, a 3-hour guided game drive and one sunset mangrove cruise per person (including snacks and selected drinks) - from £130pp in addition to the cost of your accommodation. Available May - October.

Room facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Twin / double four-poster beds
  • Mosquito nets
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Private deck
  • 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.

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 4 Hours 

Rooms at Fathala Wildlife Reserve

Safari Tent

From £1,125pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

 Minimum child age: 4  

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Deluxe Safari Tent

From £1,258pp

Sleeps up to 3 

 Minimum child age: 4  

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Hotel Restaurants




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)

Sunset Mangrove Cruise

Relax in our new luxurious boat on the water in the late afternoon, and enjoy the breathtaking views and scenery that the mangroves of the Saloum Delta has to offer. At Fathala Lodge, experience the mangroves, birdlife and baobabs and if you're lucky, spot the dolphins or manatees.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

Includes: selected drinks and snacks, transfer and boat and guide.