The Gambia

Monthly Archives: NOVEMBER 2018

30 November 2018

My first ever visit to West Africa…a wonderful experience…the Gambian people are so friendly and kind.

Farakunku, under the management of Heather and Moses is an oasis of ordered and highly enjoyable comforts. Heather’s standards are high and her friendly and cheerful staff live up to those standards. Moses is a caring and helpful host.

Kaddy kept our rooms clean and tidy…crisp, white linen on a wonderful bed, nice soft towels- and all with her lovely smile.

The two cooks, Lassana and Modou, were a joy! I will miss them.

Alpha, Foday and Alex keep the wonderful gardens trimmed and watered, attracting an astounding number of birds of many species.

Babucarr drove us safely and surely through the chaotic traffic…a good man.

Our bird guide Dowda Bari was really on the ball with equally good personal skills and his expertise found us so many wonderful birds.

O.J. our "day off” driver was a delightful and knowledgeable man who told us much about The Gambia.

Love to all.


Pembrokeshire, Wales


30 November 2018

A first visit to Africa has been a wonderful experience I am so glad to have had. Farakunku has been a very restful, peaceful place to stay. Such a lot of thought and careful consideration has been shown by Heather and Moses…lots of private spaces to sit and relax, reflect, rest, watch the birds, listen to the sounds, write diaries etc.

The staff are all so helpful and friendly and were willing to adapt to some odd dietary requirements! I appreciated the artistic weave into simple but important details like the different table layouts every evening, the beautiful flowers and petals on the tablecloths.

I really enjoyed the chance to spend time in the art studio, for a day with Heather, trying out new art techniques that have inspired me to expand my creative side (that has not had much room to grow over recent years). It was relaxing but fun and helped me to step outside my immediate comfort zone. Thank you.


Pembrokeshire, Wales


23 November 2018

We are just coming to the end of our delightful stay here at Farakunku…one that will remain a life-time memory.

We booked the 7-night Inclusive Birding package as part of our first 2 week visit to the Gambia.

Heather and Moses have made Farakunku a wonderful oasis of immaculate lodges, beautiful gardens and, with friendly & helpful staff, everything worked seamlessly with nothing too much trouble.

A big thank you to Mass (our immensely knowledgeable bird guide) who worked hard to ensure we enjoyed as much of the bird life as possible in our short stay.

We will be happy to recommend Farakunku to anyone travelling to The Gambia. Best wishes for the rest of the season …if only we could stay longer!

Ruth & Steve

Quidenham, Norfolk