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... few...and so it went on! Our 2 bags were very close to the last ones out and after going through the x-ray scanners at least we didn't have to wait for long on the bus before we left for the resort.
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... thought of the day/ week that is continuing to bug me is the rationale behind the many police checks on the roads from the Greater Banjul/coastal areas all the way down to Western Region. Are there similar police points in URR/CRR/LRR? I have no idea because I have done little work in those areas! I used to think that one of the main reasons for police checks were to monitor the movement of goods and people within the country especially close to the border areas and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kombo Beach Hotel Kotu
Just returned from gambia after a 10 day vacation we stayed at the Kombo Beach Hotel (1 night) after it being recommended after a full refurbishment. The hotel was average the rooms were disgusting the air-con didnt work(our rep told us they were waiting for a part from senegal but we got told they have been waiting for it for 3 weeks) the shower only had 4 sprinkles the tap had come off the wall the room had a smell with it. We transferred to the Ocen Bay hotel at crown point that was a 5star and less hassle outside the hotel recommended. The people of Gambia are really nice and dont let this review put you off we would always go for a 4 or 5star hotel in the Gambia
Having never been to the Gambia before and travelling on my own, I wanted a hotel where there was a variety of visitors, so after doing some research I plumped for the Kombo Beach. You have to remember you are in a 3rd world country, so of course there are power cuts and the hot water sometimes isn't! but ignore all that and get to know the staff, go out and about and see some of the country. I did 2 trips - the Roots trip and a 4x4, both well worth while and you get to see the country.
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went to kombo last march 04 absolutely fantastic that was my 3 third trip to The Gambia this hotel is far superior to any previous i have stayed at staff are very helpfull and chearfull food is top class best breakfast i have ever had in many hotels around the world. returning to kombo on my own 8 dec 05 for 2 wks any other single people interested in fishing ie Denton Creek or bird watching please contact me on --- [ i am malcolm] or if i can give any advice or tips on the gambia
I'd never been to the Gambia before and didn't know anyone else who'd been, so this holiday was going to be a step into the unknown. Before booking, I did some searching about on sites like this to get reviews of where to stay etc and the Kombo Beach stood out a mile. I was travelling alone, but on the flight out there was soon talking to people who'd been several times before and was given hints and tips about where to eat and most importantly, how to deal with the bumsters ! The later could be viewed by some as a real nuisance, but they are easily dealt with. If walking along the beach, walk in the water - they don't like getting their Nike trainers wet ! Other tricks to use - tell them you are meeting a friend - they seem to accept this and look for someone else. A straight 'No' works too!!
We stayed here for 1 week as part of our honeymoon. When we arrived in the Gambia it was a bit of a culture shock driving from the airport, and we stopped at a few hotels and some of them looked a bit run down. When we arrived at Kombo there were staff ready to greet us with cooling towels and our bags were delivered straight to our room - we didn't even have to check in at the front desk which was great. The hotel staff were so friendly, and there was so much choice in the way of food and there were 3 seperate bars. The breakfast were amazing and there was so much choice. After the first night in the hotel we ventured out to a few restaurants in the busier areas, one called Tao which serves the best Chinese and Thai food. The hotel is pretty much on its own in the area and you will need to get taxis to places - very cheap and you hire them for the night abpprox £5 + a tip if you want. The taxis are always waiting outside of the hotel. The only thing to watch out for are the people who hassle you on the beach, but if you go into the water they leave alone as they apparently don't want to get their shoes wet! The hotel had a games person in charge of organising things like volleyball, water polo and skittles. This happened 3 times a day and there was always some traditional entertainment at night. We loved it and would definitely go back there.
We were unsure where to go for a week and not too far to travel, when recommended to Gambia by a friend. Being a third world country we were not sure what to expect. Well the whole Gambian Experiance was one of the best relaxing holidays I have ever had. The Gambian people were all happy and very friendly, the hotel was excellant as was the food. I will be going back and now understand why people do back time and time again.
My husband's first visit to Africa and it certainly is a culture shock. Hearts sank as soon as we got through airport and were faced with all manner of people hassling us. Hearts sank even further as we dropped off at hotels along the way. However, as soon as we saw the front of the Kombo Beach we knew we would be OK. Very good hotel - rooms basic but clean and with great ocean views. Food very good with plenty of choice - do try Kotu kitchen on Sunday nights. Staff excellent - so ready to talk and smile (particularly the men - ladies could be a little reserved - their culture I think). Very reassuring that the Kombo beach provides security staff - at front of hotel, also at night but most importantly always 3 security people on beach outside hotel to provide 'protection' from the bumsters. These we were apprehensive about - need to have your wits about you but found that if you simply say 'no' nicely they normally go away.
It was our first visit to Gambia,and may I say it was a little bit of a shock at first, but the Hotel Kombo Beach was very nice. The staff were so friendly and did their best to make sure every thing was "Hunky Dory" for us. The rooms were cleaned every day,and our Room Lady "Haddy" well she was a Gem,there was a few of us in our group and she knew all our names straight off and was very polite. The food also was very nice,and the pool area was kept nice and clean as were the immediate beach areas.
The advertising literature rated the hotel as 3/4 star so we were not sure what to expect in a developing 3rd world country. No problems, however, the location was fantastic, room good with excellent view, food was 1st class with a choice of restaurants, and the staff were always very helpful and cheery. We will be going back at some stage.
Try it - good hotel, friendly people, climate excellent.
This was our frist time to the Gambia, so did not know what to expect.Allthough we have been to Africa on lots of occassions, this was not a dissapointment,the people are so friendly and always seem to have a smile on there faces.The rooms are a bit basic but have everything you need.The food is o.k. but do go out and about to the local resturants,you can get a cab to go further affield,and you don`t pay until the driver brings you back to the hotel,so you can stay as long as you like.The enterainment team are a great laugh, and really good dancers,the show they put on is frist class.If you want to go on any trips don`t book them through the reps, just go to the front of the hotel and get yourself a cab it will be at least half the price.If you want to know anything else just e-mail me and i will let you know if i can.