The Gambia

Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2020

25 February 2020

I came here knowing the lodges had amazing write ups…but in the back of your mind, you always feel that there will be a BUT… Not for my friend Sally and I…who can ask for any more hospitality from Moses, Heather and their wonderful team of staff!

The enjoyment of being in a cosy environment made the holiday for me. We had luxury treatment, excellent food, large accommodation each, sun and what we came for…birds! Thank you to everyone. I will be back.


Dunswell, East Yorkshire


25 February 2020

My friend Janet and I had a wonderful first visit to The Gambia. Our trip was made extra special by the team at Farakunku who welcomed us warmly when we arrived, even though it was 2am! The staff were exceptionally friendly, relaxed and always with a smile and courtesy.

Our accommodation was perfect and the food fab - we don’t want to leave! This was a birding trip for us and Lamin, our guide, was first class. We will be back!


Nethy Bridge, Scotland


24 February 2020

I had a lovely week's birding with Mass, who is not only an infinitely better birder than I am

but also, a very talented photographer, I'm glad that he took the camera away from me,

his shots are a marvelous reminder of what we saw.

I saw 215 species in 6 days, if I had been as quick as Mass it would have been 218!

And to back it up, the accommodation at the lodges was brilliant.

Heather, Moses, and their team, do a wonderful job of looking after us,

even when the clouds come over and the solar power dims.

I look forward to returning some day.



Romsey, New Forest East, UK


24 February 2020

We love Farakunku and the wonderful staff team. We want to return. What more is there to say but "THANK YOU”

Maggie & Phil



18 February 2020

Farakunku must possess some magnetic quality! I am now well into my eighties and this must be our 10th year of staying here…not only that but we are planning our 2021 holiday already! This surely speaks for itself.

The staff, as usual have been friendly and considerate. The bird-watching absolutely splendid. We haven’t been far but can recommend a trip on the Allehein River …45 species seen in a 2- hour trip. Otherwise we averaged 25 species just in the gardens here and a new one appearing every day… As usual we’ve had a wonderful time.

David and Betty

Huddersfield UK


16 February 2020

Our second holiday in The Gambia but first time at Farakunku. Not enough time to enjoy everything, but a very enjoyable 5 days…

   · 3 great bird trips with the delightful Lie as guide

   · Very relaxing massages by Moses

   · Delicious meals every day

   · Even a marbling workshop in Heather’s studio!

The lodges are certainly de-luxe and the staff team all very friendly and helpful. Oh…and when I lost (left!) my purse behind on the local beach, Moses and everyone just very calm and helpful…the beach bar found it and kept it safe.

Very welcoming and lovely lodges.

Rose and Steve

Hebden Bridge UK


12 February 2020

Second stay here although I have been to many other locations in Senegambia. Quite simply, this is the best of all of them! Friendly, comfortable, great food and lovely staff.

I came with a target of 200 bird species in a week (can be difficult without including upriver sites). With the help of Lamin (one of the best guides I have ever had worldwide) I am going home with a satisfying 211! Jackie

Lovely stay as last time and a little earlier in the year which gave us some spectacular wildlife and bird sightings. As before, Lamin was priceless as a guide and found us some excellent birds at each of the sites on our itinerary.

Farakunku was its usual charming self. Heather, Moses and all the staff were first rate in every way. Love it here and we will be back for more "Farakunku Gambia Experience!” Pete

Jackie and Pete



11 February 2020

What can I say…our first visit to your little bit of paradise! Thank you so much for everything you did for us and what you do for the whole area. Thank you for being so kind and for putting yourselves out to accommodate my food allergy.

The lodges are lovely…so big…and the bed, well, if I could take it with me I would!

The food was delicious and plentiful, the staff friendly, helpful and efficient. We really enjoyed the whole experience. You seem to have got it right, down to the finest detail…we loved the whole experience- food, guests, walks, birds etc

Hoping we can come back one day …so sad to leave. Wishing you all the success in the world.

Jan and Alan

Raleigh, Essex UK


07 February 2020

Our second stay and as wonderful as the first! We enjoy everything here: the very helpful hosts; the excellent lodges which are even cool in unusually hot weather; the staff; the food; the walks; the birds and all the company of the other guests.

Thank you Heather and Moses for everything you do…we’ll be back!

Peter & Gill

Sampford Peverell, Devon


04 February 2020

This was my 3rd visit to Farakunku with friends. We had a lovely warm welcome. We spent time relaxing in the gardens watching the birds and also went on several excellent trips arranged for us in advance- Kartong being my favourite. Thank you for a wonderful 2 weeks.


Sutton, Surrey UK


04 February 2020

Once again, we received a warm welcome from Heather, Moses and all the staff. Another lovely stay (2 weeks) with gorgeous food, great trips and relaxing evenings.

Thank you for a most enjoyable stay.

Jan and Colin

Cotswolds, UK


04 February 2020

Just to say what a wonderful birding holiday. I loved the eco aspect, the accommodation, well-arranged trips and your gardens with such a great variety of birds, You all looked after us all (friendship group) very well.