Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

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The Gambia  |  Tanji


Set in the heart of Tanji Bird Reserve and bordering the coast, Tanji Eco-Lodge is a unique property, ideal for avid birders.

Our Expert Opinion

"A great place to stay for bird enthusiasts. Tanji Bird Reserve is a mecca for sunbirds, migrant warblers and game birds, as well as waders, terns and ospreys on the coast."

- Malick Suso, Bird Guide


What we love

  • The location. Being in the heart of Tanji Bird Reserve, it’s a hotspot for Gambian wildlife.


Good to know

  • The lodge is a community project, staffed by local villagers.
  • There is no running hot water in rooms, although each has an en-suite bathroom with shower.


A hideaway amongst nature

This small, simple property is perfectly located for you to discover a wide variety of birdlife, whether it be on the deserted sands that the property overlooks or around the manmade pools dotted throughout the grounds. Friendly service will ensure you have a relaxing stay at Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge, allowing you to focus your mind on more important things, like unpacking your binoculars for another morning of birdwatching.

The four simple lodges each house two basic, cool and comfortable rooms, which sit discreetly like miniature observatories gazing out to the deserted beach beyond. 

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Eco living

Appropriately for a property located within a nature reserve is the ecological nature of the site itself. Although there's some use of solar power, there are no hot water showers, in order to save electricity. There's also a reliance on local ingredients for meals – some of which are grown on-site or sourced at the local Tanji Fishing Village. Meals are taken al fresco and the dishes are simple, enjoyed overlooking the beach from the elevated dining area.

Expert guiding around the local area

Currently on government-owned land, the eco-camp at Tanji Bird Reserve is a community-based project run by local people. Bird guides working in the reserve are available for hire; alternatively, you may choose to take a local boat excursion to Bijoul Island or explore the sights, sounds and smells of nearby Tanji Fishing Village where locals bring in their catch.

The real allure of the place, though, is the wildlife, and particularly the birds which are here in abundance. Woodland and savannah birds, sea birds and raptors; what could be better than enjoying an open-air breakfast surrounded by an array of birds darting amongst the trees?

Combine Tanji Bird Reserve in a twin-centre break

As this property is ideal for birdwatchers, we think it's the perfect addition to a twin-centre stay with one of the coastal hotels, or with Mandina Lodges for a more luxurious wildlife experience inland. Find out more by ringing our sales team.

Board Basis


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

  • Open-air bar & dining area
  • Wi-Fi in bar area (connection may be erratic)
  • Fresh water pools to attract wildlife
  • Eight rooms

Room Facilities

  • Double bed (twin mattresses) or twin beds
  • Mosquito nets
  • Terrace
  • 3-pin sockets
  • No fans or air-conditioning
  • No hot running water
  • Fridges available at a supplement


  • Birdwatching guides (payable locally)
  • Bicycle hire (payable locally)
  • Excursion to nearby Bijoul Island (payable locally)

Cuisine Information

An open-air bar and dining area with panoramic views, serving a continental breakfast with table d'hô​te dinner menus.


  • Beach: Beachfront
  • Restaurants: Resort of Kololi
  • Transfers: 40 minutes

Rooms at Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Standard Lodge

From £1,025pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge Restaurant

Tanji Bird Reserve Restaurant

Gambian Cuisine



About the Local Area (Tanji)

Both the Tanji reserve and the Tanji shore are Government protected conservation areas and provide excellent opportunities for spotting numerous bird species. Like a microcosm of The Gambia, it provides a strong cross-section of habitat types in a relatively small area.

Given this extensive range of habitats (coastal woodland, open grassland and shore) it's not that surprising that a vast number of birds have been spotted on this reserve - to name but a few: Vieillot's Barbet, African Golden Oriole, Northern Crombec, Variable Sunbird, Double-spurred Francolin, Northern Black Flycatcher, Grey and Red-billed Hornbills.. Plus at the shore: Caspian, Royal and Common Terns (LOTS of them), Kelp Gull, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, even a rare Audouin's Gull.