The Gambia's largest hotel, the Senegambia is a lively, family-friendly property set in twenty acres of tropical gardens beside a sandy beach in the busy resort of Kololi.
One of the best-known hotels in The Gambia, it is situated beside the beach in the lively resort of Kololi, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to get out and sample the many different bars and restaurants on the hotel’s doorstep.
This is a lively hotel with a wide range of activities during winter aimed at adults, teenagers and children – the most popular being the daily vulture feeding which takes place in the hotel’s gardens, attracting several species of birds, monitor lizards as well as monkeys looking for a free lunch. The famous Senegambia gardens attract an amazing array of birdlife and the hotel's resident ornithologist is on hand to provide tours within the grounds; the beautiful gardens may also be used for private evening functions, weddings and occasional live concerts.
Whilst the beach outside the hotel has suffered from erosion in recent years (due to be replenished during 2016), there is an impressive beachside pool and bar which is the focus of much of the daytime activity including water polo, volleyball, tennis and organised games. This is also a popular spot for lunch. There is a second smaller pool near the main building that offers a quiet alternative to the lively pool games during winter, or guests will easily find a secluded spot during the day within the twenty acres of grounds.
Evening entertainment at the Senegambia during winter is both varied and lively, including African folklore nights and themed buffet evenings in the Domordula, the hotel's main restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating areas (closed from May to October), and a weekly poolside barbecue. The extensive half board buffet is particularly popular, with the Portofino pizzeria in the hotel providing an excellent value, alternative dining option in the evening. However if you want to sample The Gambia's nightlife, bed and breakfast would be a good choice as there are so many excellent restaurants just a short stroll away. Back in the hotel, the comfortable air-conditioned Safari lounge bar is popular for a drink to round off the day.
Most of the rooms are in two-storey buildings dotted throughout the grounds, with the popular Superior rooms in the main building or gardens providing a good upgrade option, and all include air-conditioning as standard. Studios with separate lounge and bedroom are also available; these often sell out so it is best to book early. One-bedroom Kololi Apartments with tea/coffee-making facilities located in the gardens near reception are also proving popular. With the majority of rooms being set in the gardens, you won’t need to go further than your balcony to witness the varied birdlife that calls the Senegambia home.
The Gambia Experience Resort Office is located by the entrance to the hotel should you need to speak to a representative outside of visiting hours or need any assistance.
Due to its location and varied activities and entertainment programme, this large hotel has a high number of repeat guests and is popular with couples, groups and families alike who return year after year.