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Day 9 Sun 21st Spent much of the day on the beach with a lady fish catch of the day lunch.. Tan coming on nicely, saw a woman reading Karl Pilkingtons Idiot Abroad and mention it was a good book and that I met him at a book signing, she wasn't interested so bolllocks I thought!.... although a great hotel the wild dogs are a problem on the not so big private beach. It doesn't ...
... took us to our front door when requested. This may not seem much to westerners not used to the attitudes of commercial drivers in Africa, but an astonishingly huge plus for veteran African travelers. To top it up for Gambian taxi drivers, we witnessed a driver going off the main road into the a dirt tracked side road to drop a disabled passenger and our driver actually pulled up by the kerb to take an incoming call on his mobile; you'll be hard pressed to find drivers in the west ...
... village children.
The whole day really was amazing. It was incredibly organised, with us always having some work to do. Both my husband and I felt like we got to know Gambia so much better in that one day than our previous time there. We got to see the local culture and learn more about the challenges the country face and got to meet some amazing people. It really was inspiring to see the great work the charity was doing and to get involved and help in a small way.
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 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBakotu Hotel
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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.