Brufut resort and village (also known as Burfut or Burufut)
is between the Atlantic Ocean and the coastal forest,
in Kombo South District, West Coast Region of The Gambia
in West Africa, and is 23km by road to Banjul
capital and 7km south from Kololi.
The old village is about 1.5 kilometres to the east
of the Kombo Coastal Road and has spread westward to
the beachfront to include Brufut Heights holiday
resort and Brufut Gardens residential community.
The other nearby area is Ghana Town founded by Ghanaian
fishermen many years ago.
section of the coastal region has undergone rapid development
over the years, a number of hotels
have sprung up to cater for the increased demand for
accommodation located away from the tourist holiday
hotspots of Senegambia Strip and Kotu. In March 2007,
the beach based Sheraton 5 Star Hotel Resort (now the
Beach Hotel) was finally completed and opened for
guests. You will find a number of quiet lodges and guest
houses located on the seaside such as the deluxe, boutique
hotels called Leo's Beach Hotel and the Ocean Villa
Heights. Further inside the village itself is boutique
hotel called Hibiscus
House, the much praised and down to Earth boutique lodge called
is also the private, fenced and gated housing community
called the TAF
Brufut Gardens Estate, with its modern bungalows,
apartments and villas starting on the coastal road itself.
The estate is popular with expatriates and Gambians
living abroad who are looking to purchase a house that
is near the beach.
Brufut beach area is fairly wide with nice golden sands.
To get to the beach you would need to make your way
down the rust coloured cliffs dotted with trees and
bushes using fairly steep paths. At the palm tree fringed
beachfront you might see African pirogues parked on
the sand, waiting for the tide to change, women separating
fish and fishermen repairing their nets. Away from these
places, the beaches are almost deserted,
say for a few children playing or the occasional villager
using it as a short-cut. You can use these sections
of the strand for watersports, cycling or sunbathing.
village is an old settlement of block compounds with
corrugated metal roofs, resided by mostly Mandinka farmers
and vegetable plots. Increasingly however, land is being
sold to private individuals and estate developers due
to the high demand for plots to build housing space.
To get to the original village you take the part laterite,
part dirt road east for a few kilometres. During the
rainy season this road is often dotted with pools of
water which is best suited for four wheel drive cars.
The Atlantic coastal road has seen the installation
of road lights running all the way from the AU Highway
Turntable, and south just short of Ghana Town. Nawec
(the electrical utilities firm) has also laid mains
water and electricity cables that follow the coastal
road and are being extended to private homes.
Tourist Attractions & Things
Brufut Woods Community Project is a locally managed
conservation area in partnership with the West African
Bird Study Association (WABSA). It is located on the
eastern periphery of the village, some way inland, over
some rough back routes. The small nature reserve has
watching hide specially placed near to an artificial
pond. One of the best places in the woods is an open
area near the bridge.
resident and inter-African migrant bird species you
might see among the gallery forest and open savannah
woodland are the Pin-Tailed Whydahs, Black Crowned Tchagra,
African Scops Owls, Black Kite, Klaas's Cuckoo, Emerald
Cuckoo, Senegal Batis, Osprey, Scarlet-chested Sunbird,
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Fork-Tailed Drongo, Four-banded
Sandgrouse and the Yellow-throated Leaflove.
is a holy, sacred
site, a more scenic and evocative place of pilgrimage.
A short stroll south from the Coral Beach (preferably
accompanied by a knowledgeable person from the community)
brings you to the cliff-top clearing, overlooking the
beach, with its huge baobab tree and simple hut in a
grove. The stone at the base of the tree is for alms:
money, cloth. The air is filled with the smell of incense
burned by the incumbent marabout. Muslims
from all over The Gambia come here for good fortune,
a more profitable business, health cures or pray here
at a time of crisis in their lives. Women also come
here for a special wash from well water at the bottom
of the cliff, in the hope of overcoming infertility.
(The place is also spelt Sanamentering, Sannehmentering,
Sanimentereng or Sanementereng).
& Beach Bars
are a number of coastal beach bars such as Village's
Beach Bar, Pelican Bar, Dolphin, Ocean Blue Beach
Bar & Restaurant, Sibis Garden (Chatty's) and Leo's
Hotel Twins Beach Bar serving serving fish domoda with
rice, fish in foil with onions, Barracuda or Ladyfish
with rice or chips. They also have juices and Julbrew
Health & Safety:
The area is safest along the resort's coastal road.
Do not venture into the village on foot alone at night,
and do carry a small torchlight and money belt or pouch.
Some mini-buses and yellow taxis
travel south into Brufut from Kololi
and Fajara taxi ranks. You will have to change get off
at Brusubi Turntable, and take another taxi towards
[Geographical coordinates 13.3833° N, 16.7500° W
/ Kombo South, Western Region (WCR)]