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After our meeting with JJ last night, our guide for the week, today was spent on foot within the resort of Kotu, exploring the many birding sites within easy reach - Kotu Bridge, Kotu Creek and fields, Sewage Works (I know, we're supposed to be on holiday!!), Cycle Track and in the afternoon Fajara Golf Course.
The morning blew us away - an …
... and because the place was very sandy and dirty my feet went black very quickly. Everything was so cheap in Gambia so I ended up buying a few things in order to spend my last few rands. The currency is Dalasis and is 4 times weaker than the rand. I ended up buying some monkey souvenirs for 300 Dalasis (R70), two fake Lacoste shirts for 300 Dalasis (R70) and a computer bag for 250 Dalasis (R60). Food was incredibly cheap so I ...
Today being our last day we treated ourselves to a lie-in until 7:30am! Then it was a repeat of the first morning - Kotu Creek, Sewage Works and Cycle Track.
Our list was sitting at 219 and we dared to wonder whether we would be able to see one new species on our own to make a 'round' 220. Guides on the bridge asked whether we had seen the Gallinules as did Lamin as we walked past his cottage but ...
Our flight with Thomas Cook from Manchester was on time and we landed at Banjul at around 15:40. After clearing the security queue (around 20-30 minutes) we arrived at the single luggage conveyor and here the fun started! It seemed as if the baggag handlers were going back and forth to the plane for the luggage as a few pieces would arrive then a lengthy gap of nothing then ...
... it was a bit sad. We first went to an Adult Training Center that was also sad. They work with young women who for whatever reason have not attended school or who have dropped out. They teach them literacy, numeracy, business management, and some hand skills such as dyeing and sewing. The place is quite small and simple, attached to the end of an elementary school. There were about 6 women there that day, several sitting on the floor tying off fabric ...
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We stayed at the Bakotu on a half-board basis although we stayed out at Tendaba River Camp for one night.
We were allocated a first floor room in one of the 'lodge' style blocks and were very pleased with it - the room was plenty big enough with ample storage and mosquito nets at each window allowing us to have the window slats open to make use of the lovely sea breeze.
Breakfast was bread, jam and cheese each morning - we were always too early to take up the 'choice of the day'!! This didn't bother us in the slightest.
The evening meal could be taken at the Baobab or Boss Lady restuarants with one meal per week available at the a la carte 'Captain's Table'. The food at all 3 restaurants was excellent - probably the best value was Baobab as this was a 3-course meal with a choice of 2 options for each course.
Boss Lady has delicious, traditional meals and Captain's Table is more 'Western' but equally delicious.
The staff at the hotel were excellent and very friendly - especially when we experienced a 9-hour delay on departure. As we had already checked out when the delay became apparent we were given a replacement room within minutes. This replacement room was in the 'chalet' style rooms at the back of the hotel in the gardens - these rooms are carpeted, are larger and have air conditioning - all a matter of preference but we preferred the original 'lodge' style room.
All in all, the Bakotu provided more than we had anticipated and we would highly recommend it for a relaxing stay in a wonderful location.
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