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Eco-Friendly Accommodation in Gambia (19)

Bendula Bed & Breakfast
Location: In Batokunku, near Tujering, SW
Rooms: 5 huts Bar & Restaurant ✔
This is a rustic eco-lodge 15 minutes walking distance to the beach. It has shared shower facilities & toilet; electrical power is from a windmill.
Boboi Beach Lodge
Location: On Kartong seafront, south west
Rooms: 15 huts Bar & Restaurant ✔
Review: A basic, tidy lodge on a near deserted beach, far from the regular tourist trails. Shared bathing facilities & WC; they only use organic vegetables, fruits & local fish.
Chimp Rehab Project Camp
Location: 270km upriver, Baboon Islands, just west of Janjanbureh Island.
Rooms: 4 tents Bar & Restaurant ✔
'Badi Mayo' camp has 4 safari tents with 2 single beds each, on raised platforms. Private outside shower area & shared composting toilets. The place is closed to tourists 3 days a week.
Farakunku Lodge
Location: Tujering, 2km to beach
Rooms: 4 Plunge pool
En-suite Bar & Restaurant ✔
Review: The lodge is off-the-beaten-track and 2km to the beach. It has 4 en-suite room huts with double bed and ceiling fan. The accommodation uses solar power and has bicycles for hire.
Footsteps Eco-Lodge
Location: In Gunjur, 10-15 mins. to beach
Rooms: 9 Swimming Pool
En-suite Bar & Restaurant ✔
Review: Footsteps is an escape in the countryside in a large tropical garden setting and is 10 minutes drive to the beach. 9 modern Africanized huts with private shower, toilet and double or twin beds. It recycles all its water, uses natural water for the swimming pool, uses windpower and solar, employs permaculture landscaping and grey water filtration. *Airport trasnfers is provided. Backpackers are welcome.
Halahin Lodge
Location: On Kartong beachfront
Rooms: - Bar & Restaurant ✔
En-suite Campsite
Halahin has simple African style round huts with private shower, toilet, 1 double bed & sitting area. It's located on a near deserted section of beach. It uses wind & solar for lighting & has a camping area under the rhun palm trees.
Hibiscus House
Location: In Brufut village, deep inside, 1km
Rooms: 7 Swimming Pool
En-suiteFan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi Zone  
Review: This is a really stylish boutique hotel with 7 distinctly designed bedrooms, each with en-suite shower / WC, double bed & lounge area. All food waste from the accommodation is composted. The hotel was built using the local workforce & materials. It also uses solar powered water heaters, energy efficient light bulbs & all water is drawn from a well within the complex grounds. They offer a free airport transfers service from Banjul Int. Airport.
Jinack Lodge
Location: On Jinack Island beach, NW bank
Rooms: 4 huts Bar & Restaurant ✔
Each seafront hut has a private shower & flushing toilet. The lodge uses solar electricity for the basics such as lights. Fruits & vegetables consumed here are grown organically by local villagers.
Kuba Holiday Lodge
Location: In Gunjur village, near beach
Rooms: 4 Bar & Restaurant ✔
Kuba has 4 African styled round huts with private shower, hand basin & composting toilet, & uses solar energy for electricity.
Leo's Beach Hotel
Location: On Brufut Heights beach
Rooms: 6 apts. Swimming Pool
En-suite*A/C Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi Zone  
Review: A stylishly designed boutique hotel with Atlantic Ocean sea views, a swimming pool, 5 double bedrooms and 1 suite with 2 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Leo's uses solar panels for electricity & hot water, & has extensively fitted energy saving fittings & appliances. They provide airport transfers which is payable locally.
Mandina Lodges 5 star
Location: Makasutu Culture Forest, Mandina River, 15 minites drive from airport.
Rooms: 8 Swimming Pool
En-suiteFan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Review: Live a life of indulgence in a forest next to a mangrove lined tributary. Mandina is an award winning, 5 star eco-lodge set in amongst the hardwood-forest and mangrove creeks. The 1,000 acres of pristine forest is owned and protected by the owners of the lodge and its 8 en-suite rooms use composting toilets and solar for hot water.
Nemasu Eco-Lodge
Location: Between Gunjur / Kartong beach
Rooms: 8 Bar & Restaurant ✔
En-suite Self-catering
Review: Nemasu is made up of 8 unique, stylish oceanfront huts on the sand, (some with own bathing facility and toilet) built with mostly local, natural materials. 1 to 4 beds per room, mosquito nets over beds. There is also has a large beach bar and diner.
Safari Garden Hotel
Location: In Fajara, 120m to main rd.
Rooms: 18 Swimming Pool
En-suiteA/C Bar & Restaurant ✔
A small hotel with 18 bedrooms with twin beds, private bathroom, toilet, private porch. They use solar for hot water, source as much of their produce from local sources, compost all organic waste, use natural mosquito repellents & don't use pesticides or fertilisers in their garden.
Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat 4 Star
Location: In Kartong, 100 metres to beach
Rooms: 14 Swimming Pool
En-suiteFan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Sandele is a 4 star deluxe beach lodge in south west Gambia, far from the tourist hotspots. Bedrooms and suites have their own shower, a composting toilet and private patio. The lodge uses solar for hot water and electricity. Sandele was built using ecological construction methods and is operated as a model of sustainability and responsible tourism. Airport pick-up and drop-off at extra charge.
Sitanunku Lodge
Location: River Gambia, north bank
Rooms: 5 Dip Pool
En-suiteFan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Review: This is a deluxe accommodation with 5 bedrooms, all with very nice private shower, wash-hand basin, WC & ceiling fan. Electricity is from PV panels & there is no air-conditioning, but hot nights should not be too much of a problem during the winter season, next to the waterside.
Stala Adventures
Location: In Kartong, on Allahein River bank
Rooms: - Barbecue areas
En-suite Bar & Restaurant ✔
A group of Gambian style huts with single beds for 2 or 4, with private shower, basin & WC. The riverside camp is equipped with solar panels & a waste-water-disposal system that is not released into the nearby mangroves. *They provide airport transfers.
The Equator Lodge
Location: On Kartong beach
Rooms: 6 huts Bar & Restaurant ✔
En-suite ✔ (2) Campsite
Stay a few nights or more on a virtually empty, sandy shoreline in south west Gambia. 4 huts with double or single beds sleeping 2 each, shared bathing & toilet facilities. A room in the round house containing two bedrooms for two persons each with private bathroom. Aka 'Tamba Kuruba', the place is open all year round. There is a designated camping area within the lodge grounds.
The Gunjur Project Lodge
Location: In Gunjur (short walk to beach)
Rooms: 8 Swimming Pool
En-suite Bar & Restaurant ✔
8 rooms with 2 beds each, private shower, wash-hand basin & flushing toilet; all in a large tropical garden with drinks bar. This is a wheelchair accessible accommodation that uses a combination of solar power, batteries & a backup generator.
Tumani Tenda Eco-Tourism Camp
Location: 3km from Kafuta river
Rooms: - Bar & Restaurant ✔
Situated 2.5 km from the main road, the camp is comprised of a group of round huts, each with electrical lights, shower & flush toilet behind huts in separate building. There are lots of activities & workshops such as tree planting, cow cart safaris & cooking.

Money made from the camp is used to help the local villagers, child education & community development programs.

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*A/C or air-conditioning, maybe payable as optional extra & limited in number.
*Above are establishments who say or make efforts protecting the environment or are committed to 'responsible tourism'. As yet no clear standard has been set giving a definition of what constitutes 'eco-friendly'. The word 'responsible' on this website refers to places that give something back through community projects & similar efforts.
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