Imagine waking in a four-poster bed in a lodge floating on the River Gambia, with the soft hum of the African bush as the soundtrack for the coming day; or witnessing chimps in the wild on an island in the River Gambia National Park; perhaps dining on locally grown food overlooking a watering hole as a rhino drinks its fill...



What is our 'Unique Collection'?

Each of our unique properties is exclusive to us and they offer a range of options from relaxed indulgence to very individual style and exceptional service. They also offer the opportunity to venture beyond the usual tourist resorts and experience more of this wonderful country, its people and its wildlife.

Aerial View of Hotel

Peace and tranquillity...

Sometimes all you need is total relaxation - to switch off, leave the world behind you and let someone else take the strain. Our unique properties, with their emphasis on serenity and individuality are the perfect antidote to our hectic lives. 

Relaxation on Waterhouse deck, Chimp Rehabilitation Project Camp

Experience wildlife in style...

At Chimp Camp you can venture upriver and see the apes in their natural environment; at Fathala, relax in your luxury safari tent and hear the hum of the African bush; and in your coastal lodge at Tanji, awaken to the glory of an exquisite dawn chorus. 

A magical atmosphere at Mandina Lodges


We're convinced that a stay at one of our unique properties, or combining a stay at two or more in a tailormade break, will give you a true holiday of a lifetime. Come and experience The Gambia with us; it's the stuff that dreams are made of...

Unique Accommodation

Unique Accommodation

Two-storey Stilted Lodge at Mandina

Mandina Lodges

There is simply nothing quite like Mandina. Hidden away in the African bush on a mangrove-lined tributary of the River Gambia, with a unique combination of river and jungle lodges, it truly has its own special atmosphere - one that gradually works its way into you over the course of your stay...

Mandina Lodges


Keur Saloum

The Keur Saloum Hotel sits in a fantastic position perched above the stunning rivers of the Sine Saloum Delta, in Toubakouta in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal, which meander into the distance in each direction. Unsurprisingly, the highlight for many at this hotel is the panoramic terrace that allows guests to relax in comfortable chairs or hammocks and take full advantage of these amazing views, with the sun setting over the mangroves beyond.

Keur Saloum

Chimp living on Baboon Islands at Chimp Rehabilitation Project camp

Chimp Rehabilitation Project

A fascinating four hour journey upriver brings you to your beautiful camp. From here, overlooking the river and series of small islands that the chimps now call home, you can watch hippos and see the chimps in their natural environment. This is a different side to The Gambia and truly an experience of a lifetime.

Chimp Rehabilitation Project

Room at Sandele Eco-Retreat

Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat

The key word at Sandele is ‘relaxation’ – indeed, given that you have a deserted beach right on your doorstep and are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort areas, you might say it was something of a requirement…

Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat

Sun loungers at Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Set in the heart of the unbelievably bird-rich Tanji Bird Reserve looking across to Tanji shore and a beautiful stretch of coastline, the simple Tanji Eco-Lodge is a unique community-run property and a real paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Lodge

Swimming Pool

Domaine Les Paletuviers

The Domaine Les Paletuviers Hotel is located in a quiet and tranquil area in Toubakouta in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal, next to a saltwater bolong and is an ideal place to relax and unwind or to use as a base to explore the surrounding region.

Domaine Les Paletuviers

Fathala Wildlife Reserve Safari Tent

Fathala Wildlife Reserve

The 2,000 hectare Fathala Wildlife Reserve, is located within a 10,000 hectare national reserve near Karang in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal, near the border between The Gambia and Senegal, is like a glimpse into West Africa’s past, a past where large animals roam free, where rhino, giraffes, giant derby eland, buffalo, warthogs, vervet and colobus monkeys are a regular part of the landscape. At Fathala, you can see all this and more, and make the most of some quietly luxurious accommodation and superior service.

Fathala Wildlife Reserve

Our favourite tailormade holidays...

Boutique & Unique

7 nights B&B at Ngala Lodge and 4 nights HB at Mandina Lodges
Perfect for couples looking for a romantic holiday by spending a week relaxing at the boutique Ngala Lodge, a child-free hotel which is renowned for excellent cuisine, personal service and peaceful surroundings. Followed by a stay at unique Mandina Lodges to experience birdlife with wonderful guides and the peace of its river location.

Coast & African Bush

3 nights HB at Mandina Lodges & 7 nights B&B at Boutique Coco Ocean Resort & Spa
Enjoy 3 nights at Mandina Lodges where you can stay in a lodge set amongst the trees beside the river or actually floating on the water before heading to the beachfront Coco Ocean, where gently opulent and charming suites are beautifully arranged. The spa is exceptional offering a simple massage to Hammam treatments.

Wildlife of The Gambia and Senegal Tour

3 nights HB at Mandina, 2 nights FB at Chimp Camp, 2 nights BB at Fathala.
If you’re looking for a holiday to escape everyday life and truly appreciate the wildlife of the region, this could be the perfect holiday for you. 3 nights relaxing in style at Mandina Lodges followed by a journey upriver to see the remarkable Chimp Camp on the River Gambia and finally a chance to spot rhino, buffalo and giraffe whilst staying in luxury safari tents in Senegal.




The holiday as usual from start to finish was wonderful. Lovely people, hotels and service.

Mrs Platt – Guest - Mandina Lodges