The Gambia

Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2019

28 February 2019

This was our first visit to The Gambia and our first organised birding trip. Both exceeded all our expectations. This was a beautiful, comfortable and welcoming place to stay. The food was great and all my fussy eating needs well taken care of…thanks.

Our bird guide Dowda was excellent…how he spotted birds under bushes, in thickets and hidden among leaves I’ll never know, but he was great at guiding us to the spot where they were. He was very patient and understanding with his two novice enthusiasts.

Everything about the trip has been wonderful and we are already planning our next visit. Until next time…

Christine & Ian

Oxford UK


20 February 2019

Our 9th visit! Why do we keep coming back here? We have always found all the staff so very welcoming- in fact we feel as though we are part of one big happy family. The bird gardens are such that one never knows what is going to turn up next. On our walks around the area the local people recognise us and always give a friendly greeting. (David)

Why do we keep coming back? To visit friends who are like family. To relax in the most beautiful surroundings. To re-acquaint ourselves with all the birds and to be completely spoilt for a fortnight. Here’s to the next time. (Betty)

David & Betty

Huddersfield W Yorkshire UK


19 February 2019

This was our third visit to The Gambia, but our first to Farakunku Lodges.and we hope it will not be our last! The two weeks here were all you could wish for from a holiday… lovely lodge and gardens, super food, good birdwatching with an excellent guide, a chance to experience local life and enjoy lots of relaxation. We are reluctant to leave.

The lodge staff were all friendly, really helpful and cheerful and made our whole time here a wonderful experience. Our thanks to Heather and |Moses who were lovely hosts in so many ways. They organised all our bird trips, excursions elsewhere, art classes and amazing entertainment with African singers, dancers and drummers for Valentine’s day. Nothing was too much trouble. We really appreciated all they did.

Thank you to everyone.

Philip and Gill

Abbotsham, North Devon


16 February 2019

Our second time at Farakunku…I didn’t think things could get better than our first holiday, but they did! All the staff are polite and friendly and make you feel special for the two weeks. The food was excellent, as was the service. The music night we had with African dancers was brilliant and will always stay in our memories.

Nobody is made to feel left out…if you haven’t organised a trip, you would be asked if you just wanted to chillout in the gardens or go for a walk or do you need a lift anywhere…nothing is too much trouble.

The two gardens are great for relaxing and the birds that drop in to the water bowls are unbelievable. Many thanks for a brilliant holiday.

Dave & Lynda

Stockton-on Tees UK


16 February 2019

This has been our first visit to The Gambia and Farakunku. We have found Farakunku to be the ideal setting to see the ‘real’ Gambia and its people who are all so friendly. The staff are all so polite and helpful and nothing is too much trouble.

We found the birdwatching trips to be well organised and our personal guide Ebrima was very knowledgeable and helpful. The variety and number of birds seen was second to none (205+ species)

We happened to be here on Valentine’s Day (which was also Helen’s birthday) …. the evening meal and atmosphere were terrific. A singer and kora player and later a local dance and drum group were organised…all fantastic. By the end of the evening we were all dancing and playing basic instruments!

Thank you for a wonderful holiday experience.

Colin & Helen



04 February 2019

We feel very fortunate to have ‘found’ Farakunku Lodges, as it is a splendid place for a holiday in The Gambia. The lodges are very large and well designed. The food is excellent with a variety of dishes for the evening meal. Heather, Moses and their team looked after us so well and the organisation for our birding trips was first class. We appreciated being able to use the gardens and the small private reserve down the track. Thank you to all for such a memorable holiday.

Elaine & Mike

Bristol, UK


02 February 2019

You have excelled yourselves once again! This is our second visit and the lodges, restaurant and gardens are kept spotless all the time. Our bird guide Mass was excellent, with a good sense of humour and who found us some brilliant birds. A special "thank you” to Lassana and Modou for some delicious meals.

The biggest thank you to Heather and Moses for your hard work, careful planning and attention to the small details, making us so welcome once again. All the best ‘til next time.

Chris & Debbie

Preston, Lancs UK


01 February 2019

To you all…you have been wonderful! So helpful, accommodating and caring to ensure our requests were met. Your service has been fantastic and we have had a great first visit to The Gambia. The food has been lovely and it was nice to try some local dishes. The lodges are beautiful…modern and with great attention to detail. All the best!

Charlotte & Ryan

Birmingham UK