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 was low in the morning, so we still had enough time to enjoy the beautiful nature from the deck restaurant of the lodge, 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 offers. You can rent a bike, jeep, or 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 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 on board 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 shrimp sauce with vegetables. We also enjoyed the salad with shrimp. You can just feel the freshness of the morning river catch. You can choose your meal from the menu before going on the boat trip. We were even a bit sad 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 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 on romantic dates.
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.