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Loved this place. Peace, tranquility, sunshine and nature at its best. We stayed in one of the floating lodges on the river. Superb sitting on the outside deck at 8 in the morning with a cup of tea listening to the birds and the quiet...More
We stayed in one of the four floating lodges and it was beautiful. Whilst not twitchers ourselves we enjoyed the walks and sunset boat trips and enjoyed the great food and quiet paradise. Great space for relaxing and catching the sun once you have enjoyed...More
If you want to disconnect, that's the place! No wifi, no TV. Surrounded by an amazing forest and birds. Food is excellent and wonderful staff. Big and comfortable lodge.Every lodge has a personal guide, that's so nice. Will definitely return!
A 6 hour flight from the uk followed by a 45 minute transfer and you are in the middle of a forest on the edge of a river sipping tea on a floating lodge. The service and friendliness of the staff is superb and although...More
Stayed 4 nights as part of a package organised by The Gambian Experience. A short transfer from the airport.
It's a beautiful place with unique decor. My wife summarised it beautifully as 'game of thrones meets Gaudi'. There are 8 rooms. 4 floating, 3 jungle...More
Hi, Gambian dalasi is a closed currency so you can only exchange your sterling once you arrive. There are a few currency exchanges in the airport when you land so that is the best option as Mandina is fairly remote from any... More
Hi, Gambian dalasi is a closed currency so you can only exchange your sterling once you arrive. There are a few currency exchanges in the airport when you land so that is the best option as Mandina is fairly remote from any major town where a bank will be available (I'm pretty sure you can pay your bill in part sterling at the end if needed). I can't remember exact costs but meals are reasonably priced & local beer (Julbrew, which is good) is a few pounds per bottle, wine is more but I think only around £20 which is good for the local area. We were half board so spent less than £60 per day on extras (you will need some tips for your guide at the end). We've been twice & love the peace & tranquility...... some recommendations for you, ask your guide to take you into the local villages & schools, if he offers to take you to his home make sure to do this but be prepared, they live a humble life (gifts for the children are a must), they may offer to feed you but I'd politely decline & take hand sanitiser, particularly when handling money. Our favourite guides are Lamin & Mamadi so ask when you arrive if they are free (both have adorable kids!). Engage with Lawrence who owns Makasutu/Mandina & he will tell you of the projects he is involved with & the history of the place, he is passionate about art also & some of the village artwork is stunning. If you haven't been to The Gambia before it can feel a little intimidating when you arrive in Banjul but don't worry, they are very friendly people, however if they can take advantage at the airport they will so don't exchange sterling for dalasi with the locals. The trolley porters may ask you to exchange English coins for notes, that is fine as these are their tips & they can only convert notes to dalasi in the banks. Finally, I think the currency exchange between passport/baggage had the best rates so ask a member of airport staff. Have a wonderful time, it is a truly magical place & tell Lawrence that Peter & Ann said hi!!
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Hi we got 60 dalasis to the £. Water was 80, large wine 275, beer 95, a portion of chips 150. We were on half board. They tend to collect tips for all to then spilt between the staff, but we paid our guide separately as we... More
Hi we got 60 dalasis to the £. Water was 80, large wine 275, beer 95, a portion of chips 150. We were on half board. They tend to collect tips for all to then spilt between the staff, but we paid our guide separately as we were with him for the 3 days. The staff only get around a £1 a day so tips are very important to them. Have a great time
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"Loved the floating lodges but everyone loved all of the different rooms"