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Bintang Bolong Lodge - A Paradise for the Whole Family!

My Magazine 2023/06
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Bintang Bolong Lodge is a famous eco-friendly lodge in Foni, Bintang, about two hours from the coastal region. It is built in an approximately 3Ha enclosure on the banks of the river Bintang Bolong, the largest tributary of the River Gambia. The complex was completely renovated and reinforced at the end of 2004 using indigenous materials such as Mangrove wood and clay bricks.

The Lodge offers 18 rooms; four deluxe, six bungalows and eight inland rooms. The accommodation is basic but neat and clean, with the scent of natural wood surrounding you. If you decide on the deluxe room or bungalow, you will love the direct view of the river from the private deck. The rooms are separated, providing complete privacy,  peace and solitude.

The central attraction of the Lodge is the River Restaurant, with its large terrace from which you can experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The restaurant is built on a wooden platform and is connected to the reception by a gravelled path surrounded by mangroves. At the restaurant, you can enjoy delicious natural food from 7 am until midnight while chilling in the fresh air, catching the sun on the deck, or resting in one of their hammocks or comfortable chairs. Prices are affordable and the staff very friendly.

Mosquitoes aren't such a pest in Bintang due to the high saline content of the River Gambia, but nevertheless, the sleeping accommodations are protected from insects and vermin by mosquito nets.

Bintang Bolong is a perfect spot for weekend getaways - birdwatching, fishing with a rowboat or motor boat, guided tours, lazy boat trips, cultural performances by villagers, meditation spots or reconnecting and recharging with the stillness of the environment. Cultural nights in the village and cooking lessons with a local family can be organised for bigger groups. You can also rent a bike, a paddleboat or a jeep for two to explore the beautiful environment of Bintang. 


New Family Accommodation

Imagine waking up to the gentle sounds of the river as the sun peeks through the clear glass windows of your room. The soft rustling of leaves adds to the peaceful atmosphere, comforting you with the knowledge that you're surrounded by nature.

Welcome to the new accommodation at Bintang Bolong, a paradise for those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life - perfect for a family of five or a group of five persons.

Nestled on wooden stilts on the river, this accommodation is an oasis of calm with a stunning view of the river visible from all rooms. Built entirely with 100% Gambian wood, it exudes a touch of authentic Gambian vibes (it even has a thatched roof to complete the natural look) while providing standard amenities. The master bedroom is equipped with one double bed and one single bed. The airy living room is adorned with a bookshelf for the avid reader, while the single bed in the living room can be useful for an extra person. The sliding glass doors allow the cool breeze to flow in, keeping you refreshed and revitalised at all times. The large toilet and bathroom guarantee privacy and convenience for everyone.

Step out of your living room onto the deck and indulge in the breathtaking views of the river. The bench on the deck provides an ideal spot to relax and enjoy nature's beauty or for relishing your morning coffee while basking in the peacefulness of your surroundings.

The locally made furniture adds an essence of Gambian culture whilst maintaining basic functionality and comforts. The amenities provided ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a fan, mosquito net, linen, towels, shower, and wardrobe.

If you're a business traveller, you'll be thrilled to know that a dedicated workspace has been provided to ensure that you stay connected with your work, should there be a need to.

There is no doubt that Bintang Bolong boasts a traditional Gambian style of living. The accommodation is a harmonious meeting point for nature and comfort. It's the perfect place to spend your vacation away from city life.

The family accommodation at Bintang Bolong is an excellent choice for family getaways or group holidays - especially for those yearning for serenity and reconnecting with nature. The stunning views and tranquil surroundings make it the perfect retreat for anyone looking to escape the city and experience a touch of Gambian culture.

When you are in The Gambia, you will definitely want to feel the serenity of the River Gambia, so be sure to check out Bintang Bolong Lodge and add flavour to your holiday. Book your stay in Bintang Bolong Lodge with us!

More bungalows and houses are in the pipeline to accommodate more travellers who enjoy a tranquil environment.


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