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Madiyana Safari Lodge
Jinack Island
Paradise Tours Ltd.
PO Box 2451 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel:   +220 449 4088 or 992 0201
Fax:   +220 449 5950

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Madiyana Safari Lodge, Niumi National Park, is an eco-lodge located on the beach, in the North Bank Region on Jinack Island.
Hotel Room Facilities & Services:
8 Gambian styled round huts sleeping 2 people

Double or twin beds

Shared bathing facilities

Mosquito nets in bedrooms

Seating area
 
General Facilities & Services:
Bar & restaurant serving organically grown food

Airport pick-up & drop-off service

4 wheel drive land safaris on the mainland

Dolphin spotting in the shallow waters of the beach

Bird watching treks

Fishing & creek excursions

Village trips to Kajata, 20 minute bush trek away

Plenty of bird watching opportunities
 
Review:
Madiyana Safari Lodge is one of the hidden treasures of The Gambia which is on what is sometimes called Paradise Island. It is an ideal retreat for anyone looking for a peaceful eco-holiday with minimal impact on the environment.

This area of Jinack Island is noted for its fantastic stretch of virtually deserted beach, save for the occasional passing herd of cattle. The beach and its surrounding area is very tranquil and perfect for anyone wanting to relax, swim, or get in touch with nature. The beach is so quiet that you might sometimes find you are the only hotel guest on the beach.

The lodge's grass huts are surprisingly cool due to the almost constant sea breezes and high ceilings.

The staff keep them very clean and well maintained, and you are protected from mozzies by over-hanging mosquito nets over you bed. They also have a camping facility available, even on the beach.

Madiyana's restaurant menu is however quite limited as there are only two or three options, but fish is almost always on the menu. The bar on the other hand is kept fully stocked with a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks. Try one of their wonderful cocktails on the beach!

Your morning bath is a bucket and water affair in the place of a normal shower. So is flushing your toilet as there is no running water. Tip: if you want to bath with warm water then leave your bucket out in the sunshine for an hour or a bit longer.

Given Jinack's location, far from the grid, there is no electricity on the island, but you will be given a lantern to take around with you or to your guest bedroom. Taking along a good torch with plenty of batteries (or solar powered) is a must. You can charge your mobile phones using their solar panels.

Upon your arrival at the airport you will be picked up and taken to Banjul. From there you will be ferried by boat to the island.
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