In April 2009 we spent 4 nights at the BITANG BOLONG LODGE IN GAMBIA, a place in an excellent location, far from tourist sites and deep amongst nature. There are some wooden bungalows on the river between the bolong mangroves. The accommodation is basic but very clean with a bed with a mosquito net and a bathroom with sink and running water and a shower. It is brought through a system of pumps (though there is little pressure) and the light comes from a generator that runs until 23:00. The meal of rice and meat or fish is very traditional and actually very nice. We went fishing, to see animals (especially birds) canoing, we visited the village (they do not have much here, so it is great to be able to take them clothes, balls, or anything they can use in school...). We organized a party one night with dancing and traditional music here. The truth is they are very welcoming, pleasant people, without being intrusive as in some other places. There are many things to enjoy, you can even learn to play djembe and dance if you like. A great place to visit if you love nature and want to get to know the real people of Gambia . Http :/ / www.Bitang-bolong.Com
The village of Lamin is a little paradise that can be found in Gambia. This is a very small place that is filled with mangroves where, currently, it is complicated to find people but very easy to see thousands of birds of different species. The main oddity of this village is the "Lamin Lodge" restaurant which is made of wood that has been built in the middle of the mangroves and therefore it is suspended in mid air. Here visitors can spot all types of birds and enjoy the scenery of the Gambia River or the seafood with a cold beer. We also strongly recommend to stay there until sunset and preferably to see it from the third level of the restaurant, where the colors acquire an inexplicable intensity. If visitors like the adventure, in the Lamin Lodge they can rent bikes and even mini boats to travel a few miles up the river of Gambia. The only is that the price of food and drink is much higher than in the rest of Gambia but it is still worth visiting.