Tama Lodge

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from £1279 £1179pp (based on 2 sharing)

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Nestled amongst a grove of coconut trees, on a vast expanse of sandy beach and within walking distance of the resort of Saly is the unique and wonderful Tama Lodge.

Owned by a French collector of African antiques, the whole place is a work of art, from the colourful wooden prows from long-abandoned pirogues, which line the pathway to the carved wooden statues, positioned around the bar and restaurant.

Built mainly out of natural materials, each of the simply furnished rooms maintains its African charm and character whilst ensuring guests are kept comfortable with air-conditioning and/or ceiling fans. The rooms resemble a typical, thatched Senegalese hut, their doors opening directly on to the golden sands. Inside, the rooms are dominated by a large bed, hewn from actual tree trunks and illuminated by quirky, wooden lamps. The design of the bathroom is totally unique but ensures you can wash and shower in comfort.

Your meals are served on the wooden terrace of the restaurant or at one of the many tables set in-between the trees; taking advantage of the catch of the day, and fresh produce from their garden, the chef will present you with a varied menu with suggestions of the day so you can make the most of the simple but excellent cuisine on offer. Dinner at Tama Lodge is a particularly enchanting affair when flickering lanterns light the outdoor areas.

As Tama Lodge is set on the beach, you can feel free to wander around without shoes for the whole of your stay; the laid-back, easy-going atmosphere enhanced by the many shaded sun-beds, hammocks and reclining chairs, which are scattered on the sands. With so many hidden places amongst the coconut trees, you can always find a quiet spot to sit and read or to take in the beauty of this unspoilt location. You can even enjoy a massage on the beach in the shade of a simple bamboo hut.

Tama Lodge is such a gem that you may find you don’t want to go anywhere else, but the main activities in the resort of Saly are only a short distance away.

Transfer time from Dakar to Saly:

2 ½ hrs


Hotel Facilities

  • 9 rooms
  • Sun-beds with mattresses, shades & towels
  • Sandy beach
  • WiFi access
  • Laundry service
  • Small massage hut 


  • Occasional live music
  • Fishing & boat rides
  • Water sports available nearby
  • Golf course nearby  

Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mosquito net
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 2 pin sockets

Cuisine Information

  • Bar - serving a wide selection of drinks throughout the day and evening
  • Room Service: Not Available
  • Vegetarian Options:
  • Highchairs: Not Available

Rooms at Tama Lodge

Garden Lodge (Case Jardin)

From £1,179pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Beach Lodge (Case Plage)

From £1,291pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Royal Lodge (Malienne/Royale)

From £1,424pp

Sleeps up to 4 (3 adults)


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Chief's Lodge (Case du Chef)

From £1,424pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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About the Local Area (Saly)

The resort of Saly is located on the “Petite Côte”, approximately 80 kilometres south of Dakar and 65 kilometres north of the Sine Saloum Delta. Saly is an ideal holiday destination that has long been popular with French and Belgian tourists and as such has a very established feel, with its variety of hotels, palm-fringed sandy beaches, calm clear waters, bars,restaurants, shops and a wide range of activities.

The smaller resort of La Somone is only a short drive from Saly and enjoys an idyllic location beside a stunning lagoon, home to the Réserve de la Somone, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Nearby you can also visit the Bandia Nature Reserve, a small but perfectly formed wildlife park where you can see roaming freely: giraffe,rhino, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, bush pigs, impala and many other birds and animals. For the more active, both Saly and La Somone have several excellent water sports centres offering a range of activities such as jet-skis, water-skiing, catamarans, kayaks and windsurfing, and several excellent fishing clubs offering world-class deep sea fishing. Quad and buggy tours or horse treks are available in and around the resorts and Saly is home to an attractive 18-hole golf course as well as the Accrobaobab Adventure Park, where you can climb, swing and slide on a series of nets and ropes amongst the baobab trees.


In Saly there are a number of water sports centres located at regular intervals along the bay and several centres offering world-class ocean fishing. Most of the hotels also offer sporting facilities such as table tennis and volleyball.  Saly also has an 18 hole, 72 par golf course, and children and adults alike will enjoy a trip to the Bandia Nature Reserve, where you can see wildlife such as zebra, giraffes and rhino up close, followed by a few hours in the Accrobaobab Adventure Park, where you can climb, swing and slide on a series of nets and ropes amongst the baobab trees. A varied excursion programme is also on offer from each hotel to ensure you see the best of the local area.


In Saly, most of the hotels offer some form of evening entertainment.  There are several nightclubs and discos where you will typically find lots of mirrors, fancy lighting, huge amps and, yes spinning disco balls!  It's in the energetic dancing and music where you will really notice a difference to back home, consisting of African, R&B, Western pop and Techno.  Saly also offers a selection of bars and restaurants within easy reach of the hotels.