Ngala Lodge

Boutique   Luxury Collection

The Gambia  |  Fajara

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Poised high above a quiet and scenic cove, on a series of burnished cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, adult-only Ngala Lodge is a unique and alluring boutique hotel.


Our Guest's Opinion

"Friendly staff, quality of rooms, quirky character of beautiful gardens. Stunning clifftop location. Peace and quiet. Five stars with a homely feel."

- Mrs French 

 

What we love

  • Everything! Ngala Lodge repeatedly wins the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, consistently ranking as the number one place to stay in The Gambia.
  • The eclectic mix of art and sculpture, found within the suites, along with models of cows, penguins and hippos in the garden!

 

Good to know

  • Special occasions are easily catered for, be it a romantic dinner in the gardens or a celebratory cake. 
  • A mobile phone is provided for internal use in all the suites.

 

Discover tranquillity at Ngala Lodge

Blessed by attentive yet relaxed service, along with impressive individuality, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this oasis of serenity. Award-winning Ngala Lodge is situated between Bakau and Fajara, and over the years, has gained a reputation for excellent standards and service. As a child-free property, the tropical gardens remain peaceful throughout the day. You’ll also discover several bird feeding points throughout the grounds, ensuring that wildlife can easily be enjoyed.

Allow yourself to be enticed by Ngala Lodge's beachside decking area or the two swimming pools, including an infinity pool that seems to merge with the Atlantic Ocean.

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The perfect night’s sleep

Each Suite at Ngala is unique, cool and spacious, with several room options available, most boasting ocean views across the gently sloping lawns.

The main building was formerly a colonial mansion and houses the 10 original Suites over two floors, some having their own private garden area. Peter, the proud owner, has gradually added a variety of different Suites, while still retaining the sense of space and intimacy. Each suite is completely unique, with many individual features, such as a small library. A range of beauty treatments and massages can be arranged in the comfort of your suite on request.

The most recent Suite additions are the Macondo Sea View Suites, complete with private plunge pool; these were added in 2015, along with the stunning infinity pool, when Ngala celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Soak up the sunshine from a sandy cove

The tidal beach at Ngala is an attractive, sandy cove which can be reached via steep steps - a great spot for fishing or for enjoying a romantic stroll at low tide. A raised wooden decking area, complete with sunloungers and parasols, allows guests to enjoy the beachfront location at high tide too. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy a romantic evening drink whilst watching the sunset.

An exceptional dining experience awaits

One of the most enticing features of any stay at Ngala Lodge can be found in sampling the delicious dishes dreamt up by the chef team in the renowned on-site restaurant. The elevated restaurant, led by Head Chef, Assan, and developed by English chef, Jonathan Groves, serves excellent food with daily specials, along with an extensive wine list.

A new cocktail bar makes the most of the stunning vistas, and within the restaurant itself you can now observe the chefs at work as your meal is prepared. Low-key entertainment, including a weekly African night with dancers, creates an inviting atmosphere.

Due to the quality and range of dishes on offer, a high proportion of our clients choose to stay on a half board basis, which constitutes a table d'hôte menu with the option to eat à la carte (a small number of dishes will be at a supplement).

Ngala Lodge is extremely popular, so early booking is recommended. Ideal for couples seeking peace and quiet, this 'piece of paradise' also serves as a memorable honeymoon destination, and is perfect when combined with any of our unique properties.

Official local hotel rating: 5 star

    
 

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

What’s included in your booking

  • Return flights, 20kg luggage allowance, in-flight meals
  • Gambia guide with exclusive discounts
  • Airport transfers
  • Service of dedicated in-resort reps

Hotel facilities

  • 2 swimming pools: main pool with small sun terrace, long narrow infinity pool with jet stream and submerged seating areas
  • Main bar, plus drinks and snack service in the gardens (payable locally)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Television in Bantaba near reception
  • Masseuse (on request, payable locally)
  • Large gardens with sunbathing areas
  • Steep wooden steps to decking, sunbeds and beach below (care should be taken)
  • Book swap service
  • Laundry service on request (payable locally)
  • 24 suites

No children under 16 years.

Room facilities

  • King-size beds (twin mattresses on request)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mosquito nets
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mobile phone for internal use
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Minibar (stocked on request payable locally)
  • Television (Manor suites only)
  • UK 3-pin sockets

Activities

  • Massages and other beauty treatments are available to book on arrival in your suite (payable locally)
  • The bustling village of Bakau is a short walk away
  • Fishing from the beach (rod available for guest use, subject to availability)

Cuisine Information

The well-established restaurant has a reputation for excellent quality and great value daily specials, along with home-made ice cream. It is run by English chef, Jonathan Groves, who has worked in The Gambia for many years. Low-key entertainment is provided most evenings, giving a welcoming atmosphere.

Breakfast is served buffet style during winter with hot food cooked to order, or can be taken in individual suites. Room service throughout the day is available on request.​

​Location

  • Beach: Beachfront with steps
  • Restaurants: Resort of Bakau
  • Transfers: 45 minutes

Rooms at Ngala Lodge

Suite

From £999pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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The Penthouse

From £1,043pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Suite 10

From £1,043pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Manor 1 Bedroom Suite

From £1,085pp

Sleeps up to 3 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Atlantic Suite

From £1,127pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Macondo Suite

From £1,197pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Macondo Pool

From £1,197pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.

Hotel

Ngala's restaurant

Ngala Lodge Restaurant

Fine Dining

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Fajara

The Clay Oven

Indian Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Fajara

The Butcher's Shop

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Fajara

Gida’s Garden

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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About the Local Area (Fajara)

A popular residential area for both Gambians and expatriates with some modern and exclusive buildings and home to the British Embassy and MRC (Medical Research Centre).

Located between Kotu and Bakau, Fajara boasts a number of very good restaurants a short taxi ride away. The coastline is rocky, interspersed with secluded beaches.

Beaches

This area of coastline is quite dramatic with red rock cliffs interspersed with small beaches. Care should be taken if swimming in this area.