Bintang Bolong River Cruise with a brand-new boat

Bintang Bolong Lodge is a famous lodge in the village of Foni, Bintang. The lodge is built along the river Gambia where you can enjoy the peace and serenity of the village. Bintang Bolong Lodge now offers a relaxing boat cruise with their brand-new boat. The trip usually takes three hours, and you can decide on a package including breakfast and lunch or lunch only.
My Gambia team was lucky to be one of the first to experience the new boat cruise and enjoy a wonderful day with the Bintang Bolong crew.
We joined a group of six girls who came to work as volunteers in The Gambia and explore the country in their free time. Bintang Bolong was one of their go-to points. We left the coastal area at 7 am and arrived at Bintang at 9 am. The water level is low in the morning, so we still had enough time to enjoy the beautiful nature from the deck restaurant of the lodge, to stroll around and explore the village. If you come to the Bintang Bolong, you should take the whole day off and enjoy everything this place has to offer. You can rent a bike, jeep, paddle boat, decide on a cooking class in the village, go on a birdwatching tour, do some fishing with a fishing boat or just relax and enjoy the quiet.
We took our time to drink a coffee or tea and enjoy breakfast. We were served with the delicious omelette, tapalapa with different toppings and juice.
The Bintang Bolong boat can host 35 people, but the maximum number of people for a boat cruise in the Covid times is 20. The boat has a top deck where you relax on a sunbed while cruising or enjoy the breeze in the shade of the covered area. Refreshments are available onboard for additional payment in case you want to enjoy a cold can drink. A sound system on board will allow you to listen to the music of your choice. There are two waitresses on board with two captains. We were even happy to have the company of the manager, which made the trip much livelier.
We left the shore at 1 pm and sailed for one hour to Santanba, a small village along the river Gambia. We took a tour around and returned to the boat to have lunch. It was a different feeling to have a delicious meal in a quiet place with only birds singing. The meal was delicious, especially the shrimps sauce with vegetables. We also enjoyed the salad with shrimp. You can just feel the freshness of the morning river catch. You can decide on your own choice of meal from the menu before going for the boat trip. We were even a bit sad to have to return after lunch, after enjoying the blissful tranquillity of nature.
On the way back, we enjoyed the music and dancing with the staff, which is very warm, kind and open to the visitors. Some of the girls relaxed on the sunbeds on the top deck while enjoying the sun. We also got to see quite a few different species of birds with the help of binoculars.
Taking a break in nature is the perfect option to stay away from the hectic daily routines. This trip is a good choice for families, friends or couples going on a romantic date.

Are you interested in a boat trip?

You can join one of their regular tourist boat cruise excursions or hire a boat for any of your special occasions such as birthday celebrations, weddings, or just a private boat trip with friends or family. You can combine company retreat with accommodation and the boat cruise or one of the many other activities Bintang Bolong Lodge has to offer.

Basic Boat Cruise

GMD 800 per person
  • Boat trip includes lunch and bottle of water

Standard Boat Cruise

GMD 1000 per person
  • Boat trip includes breakfast. lunch and bottle of water
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To book your trip, call or text +220 704 3081 and make sure to follow Bintang Bolong Lodge on FB and know about their latest improvements. There is always something new going on there.
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We live in The Gambia and we are happy to help you to plan your holidays. By choosing us, your time, your most valuable asset will be fulfilled with creative suggestions about where to go and what to do. You will know you are making the right choice because we are spending a lot of time on the road ourselves; scouting out new places, deepening relationships with locals involved, and finding places to eat, enjoy and stay. 

Your questions and requests will be considered individually by one of our experts. You will receive special benefits that you can’t get on your own or are not available on automatic booking systems. We will provide you with a wide range of information about activities you can choose to make your stay more vivid. You will have the assistance of a person, which will be there for you, will provide information to the details and use all the knowledge to make your trip memorable. 

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