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not miles away

NORLAND, UK
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not miles away

Why do people keep saying that Brufut is too far out?

It's less isolated IMO than Banjul. To get a taxi to the strip is only D100 + (that all depends on your haggling skills! and the bush minibuses are even cheaper and a real taste of local life) and only about 5-10 mins, closer than Cape Point to the strip. There are bars and restaurants (ok not many!), Courtyard, Pandoras Box, Tranquil cafe, Hibiscus house/blue bar, Elephant House, Dolphin supposed to be opening soon (come on Heledd, where have I missed?). Huge supermarket opening shortly, markets to buy fruit from.

IMO it's beach is beautiful - much nicer and less hassle than further up the coast - lots of small friendly (not hassly) beach bars. You can walk thru villages and get a real taste of local life.

Come on guys, Brufut is hardly in the middle of no-where!

Hampshire
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Quite agree Kerr, although I love that it isn't so busy! We think the beach is the best in TG at Brufut, and the Bamboo Beach Bar is fabby, great lads, no hassle and Soloman is the best beach chef we have ever come across. Roll on for the supermarket that will make such a difference! We may well be getting a new "smart" restaurant there in the next season as well!!!

Exeter, United...
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I like the area better because not so many tourists.You get to talk to locals,virtually no hassle and there are some good bars/restaurants/beach bars.So you get peace & quite but within a taxi ride away from the strip and it's not so far from my favourite Sanyang!!!

Newbury, United...
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I guess it's just a matter of perception and personal preference. Some people prefer to be right on the strip. For me that would be my worst nightmare I honestly think that if I'd been right in the centre on my first holiday there I'd never have gone back. We love Cape Point/Bakau for the simple reason that it's quieter and has a more local feel and whilst we normally visit the Strip once or maximum twice on our holidays, we have no desire to be ontop of it.

We've never actually explored Brufut - driven through it only - the mass of new housing put us off stopping, but we're definitely going to look more closely when we go back in January as seriously looking to get a little place and need to explore all options.

Watch this space. I could be your neighbour!

Banjul + Brighton
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Ka Su Mai..

Why DO people keep saying that Brufut is too far out?'

I know what you mean there....If I mention that is where our compound is when in Banjul, people think I am residing on Mars!

When we 1st came to the Gambia I think there was a valid idea about Brufut being 'remote'...Anyone remember the almost 1/2 day journey it took to get there from Banjul via the red 'road', sic.. we do take the tarmac a little for granted now. Like many here I could not even begin to contemplate living anywhere near the so called 'strip'..out here it is village life day to day..The only downside to this is the creeping urbanisation from Mr Taf, Sheraton et Al. but that comes with the +ve effects of work for the locals.

Can anyone tell me where the supermarket is going to be sited and who the prospectives are?

As for Brufut beach...well we can be the only people on it sometimes!... with a minus zero hassle factor!...

N'dem Brufut..

N'dank N'dank

NORLAND, UK
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Dawda, it's Right Choice and on the highway, just past Pandoras on the way to the turn table. It's very big and I'm sure will be well used by all of us who live south of the turntable (in the middle of nowhere!) as it saves the 'trek' into civilisation! It was nearly finished in April but guess they are waiting to open it til the end of the rainy season when many ex-pats return from their travels.

Hampshire
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Hi Scudder, I think the "mass of new housing" that you are referring to is the TAF development opposite the Sheraton, to my knowledge nobody on here has a property there, Kerr, Heledd and me have houses nearer the turntable. This area is now known as "The Golden Mile" and apparantly the most expensive area for land currently in TG. All the houses are individually designed, certainly Kerr and I designed our own.

Newbury, United...
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You're right Sue, it is the TAF homes to which I refer. I wasn't casting aspersions on the individuality or beauty of anyone's property, merely pointing out that the newness of it all put me off visiting... I am now, however educated into understanding that there's more to be seen beyond the road!

Hampshire
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Sorry Scudder I didn't mean to offend you, come and see our lovely beach in Brufut next time you are there!

Brufut, Gambia
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I agree Kerr - and always get irritated when I'm told I live in the middle of nowhere. I love it here. We are right at the back of Brufut, near the rice fields. People seem to prefer the beach side, but I like being able to walk to the ( 2) local markets, watch the crops being planted and everything growing so tall this season, the smell of citrus bushes which line the fields after the rains, and the beach and fishing centre are still within walking distance. (Great prawns) The new supermarket will make a big difference though. They have the shelving ready, and the tills in. Come ON Right Choice!!

Newbury, United...
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No need to apologise Sue, I'm a thick skinned old Scud and very rarely take offence... and I don't think there was anything to take offence to anyway!

I'd love to take you up on your offer ~ I'll being the Julbrews!

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