Exploring Tanji

Tanji is a village located on the Atlantic coast with a strong tradition of fishing. Tanju is a great place to spend a day or two. Here you are able to get active on the river, lazy by the beach or feed your artistic soul at the art gallery. We prepared the whole list of things to do and see and listing of the restaurants and bar to get yourself a nice meal and drink.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO?

FISHING VILLAGE

Tanji has a long tradition of fishing. When you cross the bridge entering Tanji, you will be able to see the crowded market area, full of people selling and many cars waiting for the passengers. Not too far from the main road lies easily accessible Tanji beach, which turns into the liveliest fishing market, especially in the afternoon hours when fishers return to the shore with their daily catch. A perfect place to experience the fishing market or buy one of the many Gambian fish or seafood fresh from the sea.
When entering Tanji from the north, right after the bridge on the left, you will see Gambia Kayaking. A perfect choice to experience a peaceful day combined with a bit of activity on the Tanji creek. Gambia Kayaking is offering kayaking tours, boat trips or the possibility to rent kayaks. You will be able to enjoy a peaceful environment while gliding through the mangroves, full of colourful birds. Suppose you are looking to have a picnic in a remote spot without any disturbance. In that case, you can do that at one of the islands, easily reachable by boat or kayak.

TANJI VILLAGE MUSEUM

The museum is a perfect place to know more about authentic Gambia under one roof. Different collections offer you unique insight into the history of The Gambia, natural world, ethnics and life, which is still now present in some remote rural areas. The museum covers four different exhibits containing Ethnographic and Natural History Gallery, a temporary exhibition of traditional crafts (weaving, smithery, leatherwork, batik dyeing, tie and dye), natural trail, and centrepiece; a reconstruction of a traditional Gambian compound. The museum guide is full of knowledge and will make your visit worth a while.

TANJI CENTRAL MOSQUE

In the main square of Tanji, you can see a magnificent mosque. It is the first mosque in the community and is where the Muslim community goes to do the Friday and Eid prayers. The square itself is a nice open space that used to have bantaba. Nowadays, it serves only for Muslim religious programs.

MAMA AFRICA ART CENTRE

Do you love art? Mama Africa Art Centre is the right choice for you. Visit a beautiful art gallery full of art pieces created by Mrs Isha Fofana, the soul of the place. This skilled artist can create an art piece out of every single thing. There is a collection of artefacts from all around Africa showcased as well. You can enjoy a delicious meal or drink made from local ingredients fresh from the garden or decide to stay in one of the unique lodges.
Photo Credit: Jana Šnuderl

TANJI KARINTI BIRD RESERVE

Another important spot for birdwatchers. The area of 136 hectares includes the Bald Cape and the Bijol Islands, which you can visit by hiring a local boat. Around 300 species of birds are recorded within the area. You can decide for a guided or unguided walk through the forest up to the mangrove and lagoon area, and make sure to stop at the Tanji Eco-Lodge for a refreshment.

WHERE TO SLEEP?

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco-Tourism Camp

An Eco-Tourism Camp in the Tanji Bird Reserve, renowned for accommodating a variety of flora & fauna, is well located on the coastline in one of the most attractive & unspoilt spots of the Tourism Development Area. Eight double sea view rooms (4 twin-bedded & 4 double-bedded) equipped with walk-in shower, fridge, & mosquito nets. Bar & eight dining huts are set around a campfire. There is also a conference/function hall.

Bay Inn Hotel

Located in Tanji, Bay Inn Hotel offers beachfront accommodations 2.2 miles from Tanji Bird Reserve and provides facilities like a shared lounge and a terrace. The property has a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, room service and free Wi-Fi. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a closet. The rooms include a desk and a TV, and some accommodations at Bay Inn Hotel have a patio. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or an à la carte breakfast.

Franco Inn

In Franco Inn guesthouse, you will stay with the locals to make sure you get the full traditional Gambian experience. Western facilities like running (tap) water, electricity, shower and toilet are guaranteed. Every room also has mosquito nets. You can eat European cuisine in the restaurant, but if you like, you can also try local dishes.
In cooperation with the foundation Future for Young People, Franco Inn founded the Educative Cultural Skill Centre project, where local youth with talent offer workshops in their line of expertise to tourists, volunteers, interns and locals.

Keeb Smiling

If you want to reconnect with nature and are a fan of camping, this is the right sport for you. Kebba will accept you with open arms and happily share his time and knowledge with you. The bar is currently closed, but you can still use sunbeds and chairs on the beach. You have an option to book accommodation in basic lodges or camp directly on the beach with your tent.

Mama Africa Art Residence & Art Centre Gambia

“Mama Africa” is an exceptional resort next to the fishing village of Tanji. International renowned artist Isha Fofana has created an exciting ambience where every small detail is turned into an art piece. Tranquillity and food from the garden will make you feel at peace and reconnect with yourself.

Fatou’s Lodge

Relax in Fatou’s Lodge near the Tanji Bird Reserve Forest, Brufut Woods and Madiana waterways surrounded by a beautiful garden area with many different exotic fruit, fruit, nut trees, various palm trees and enjoy the nearby beaches. In the open large palm hut / Restaurant incl. Bar you can enjoy your meals and drinks or relax in one of the hammocks. The ingredients of our food come fresh from the sea, from the market or your own garden; Fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, king prawns, lobster, beef, chicken … vegetables, salad, etc. delicious African menu, but also familiar European food, snacks such as chicken sandwich, freshly prepared juices and soups, fresh Nana – mint tea, or fresh lemongrass tea etc. The accommodation has its own veranda and its own bathroom.

Tanji Village Museum Hostel

Next to the beautiful museum showcasing the authentic Gambia under one roof, you will find a hostel providing basic accommodation offering a chance to spend your stay at the Gambia in a peaceful and green environment.

Bendula Lodge

Consisting of five African style huts, it can house up to ten guests. Bendula is a family lead Eco Tourist Project located in the small village of Batokunku, close to one of the most beautiful beaches of Gambia. Untouched woods lead down the Atlantic coast and give shelter to several kinds of apes. The lakes, well hidden in the woods, provide a good opportunity to spot rare birds. The 12 miles long beach invites you for long walks. Ten minutes away from the lodge, you can catch a bush taxi to Serrekunda & Gunjur. That way it is possible to travel to all parts of the country.

White horse residence

A beautiful ‘home from home’ with its quiet appeal, White Horse Residence provides guests with an intimate and relaxing holiday experience. On the edge of Batokunku village near Tujereng, the White Horse Residence is an exclusive, quality guest-house just 250m to the beach with sea views in natural surroundings. It is offering an outdoor pool and a spa with a wellness centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Eight exclusive king-size bedrooms with private decks, ocean views, satellite TV, a large private pool with a well-stocked bar, and a white beach are available for rent.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK?

Ocean Lounge Bar and Restaurant

Bar & Restaurant is located at Tanji, opposite the fish market. They offer a wide range of daily catch seafood, African, Mediterranean and European dishes. The nice environment will give your leisure time added value.

Red’s Feel-Good Bar & Kitchen

First-class Gambian and European food, cold drinks and a friendly atmosphere. Daily catch from Tanji fish market and products from local gardens are the ingredients used in their kitchen.

Suu Beray Culture point

A bar and restaurant directly on the beach is a perfect spot for relaxation. Friendly service and setting which offers you some privacy for you and your friends will make your day at the beach rememberable. You can always find shade under the palm trees. You are also welcome to come with your tent. Food is available on preorder.

GETTING AROUND

At Tanji Garage (after the bridge coming from the north), you can take local transport (van or bush taxi) to the directions of Juma Ba, Maidiana, Salan Ding, Lam Saar, the back way to Tujereng. The cost is GMD 10. You can also take a shared taxi to the big mosque for GMD 8. Another option is a town-trip taxi which is also easy to find at the Tanji Garage. The prices start from 75D, negotiable depending on the distance of your destination and your negotiation skills.

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