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, tranquil Ngala Lodge is a unique and alluring boutique hotel.


Our Guest's Opinion

"This was our 7th visit with two more booked. The location is excellent but the staff and Jonathan are what takes the hotel to the next level. Feels like home!"

- Mr Eykyn

 

What we love

  • Everything! Ngala Lodge repeatedly wins the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, and provides a child-free sanctuary.
  • 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 wide choice of room upgrades are available, some with Jacuzzi, others with private plunge pool including the new Femmy Suite, with its own 7.5 metre pool and private decking.

 

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. For example, the Macondo Suites, some with private plunge pool, were added in 2015 when Ngala celebrated its 20th anniversary, along with a stunning infinity pool; and new in 2020, the exclusive Femmy Suite, boasting its own private decking area and 7.5m pool.

Each suite is completely unique, with many individual features and pieces of art, along with a small library. A range of beauty treatments and massages can be arranged in the comfort of your room on request.

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 relaxing 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 and general manager, Jonathan Groves, serves excellent food with daily specials, along with an extensive wine list.

A cocktail bar makes the most of the stunning vistas, and low-key entertainment 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, most dishes being at no additional cost.

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 (Titan flights only)
  • Digital Gambia guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Service of dedicated in-resort reps

Hotel facilities

  • Two swimming pools: main pool with shaded 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)
  • 25 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 and coffee-making facilities
  • Minibar (stocked on request, payable locally)
  • Television (Manor Suites only)
  • UK three-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, Fajara or Cape Point
  • Transfers: 55 minutes

Rooms at Ngala Lodge

Suite

From £1,199pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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The Penthouse

From £1,234pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Suite 10

From £1,234pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Manor 1 Bedroom Suite

From £1,374pp

Sleeps up to 3 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Macondo Suite

From £1,514pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Macondo Pool

From £1,542pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Atlantic Suite

From £1,472pp

Sleeps up to 2 

 Minimum child age: 16  

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Femmy Suite

From £1,639pp

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.