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 is an amazing experience.
- The 40-minute ferry crossing – what a wonderful opportunity to experience authentic examples of African life before arriving at your luxurious lodge.
Good to know
- 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
This superb property 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.
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 amongst the mighty mahogany trees. 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 2,000 hectares of a 6,000 hectare 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 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 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 considerng 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.