Stayed at Easter with my two sons for a week's bird watching. On arrival, because there was only one other family staying at the lodge, David kindly offered an extra room at no charge to save fitting a third bed into the one room we'd booked. The rooms are very simply furnished but clean.
The setting is fantastic, the immediate countryside is easily accessible for walking/birding and the varied habitat makes walking to the beach a real treat. Our first attempt to reach the sea took hours simply because there were so many new birds to see. After spending a day walking from the lodge we teamed up with Lamin the lodge's bird guide and over 4 days took trips to Lamin Lodge, Abuko, Brufut, Marakissa River Camp, Tanji, Kotu Bridge and Bakau. These day trips were arranged through the lodge and were previously available as a week's programme. By splitting them guests can dip in and combine preferred locations. This suited us as we also enjoy doing our own thing.
With Ousman driving, Lamin had us away early each morning and by the end of the week we had seen 190 species of birds (over 110 within walking distance of the lodge). Lamin was helpful, great company and very informative.
We ate each night at the lodge for convenience after a long day spent out birding. The food was fine, although after a week became a little samey, but this was no big deal given the beautiful surroundings we found ourselves in.
Being towards the end of the dry season we didn't encounter a single mosquito and in fact insect life in general was low.
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- African style accommodation. Built to a high standard as an ecological lodge, all ensuite with their own terrace, an extra bed can be added at no extra cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Footsteps Eco Hotel Gunjur