Sustainable Footsteps

Our peace of mind promise

We ensure YOU get the holiday you deserve while making sure the LOCALS receive what they deserve. We promise you:

We produce 100% sustainable energy ourselves without noisy generators. Footsteps operates entirely on solar power. We only use energy efficient products.

All prices are fair and reflect sustainable working conditions and fair terms of trade for local farmers and workers.

Footsteps employs only from the local village and we buy local too. This guarantees everyone receives a fair deal and your holiday really makes a difference to the local economy.

Composting toilets are fitted in each room and are completely odourless. They eventually replenish our soil along with the organic recycled kitchen resource. All lodge resource is recycled on site.

Each member of staff receives accredited training, fair pay and a non contributory pension. They also receive life cover, sick pay and up to 21 days holiday each year.

The lodge has solar water heating in the guest rooms and kitchen. The water from the showers and wash basins are fed through grey water recycling. This provides all the water for garden irrigation and great vegetables.

All staff can plan for their futures. We offer small saving plans and a micro loan system for those unexpected emergencies such as roof repair.

The domed roundhouses have fruiting trees and bushes positioned around them giving shade. This means the bedrooms are cool by intelligent design. Rechargeable solar powered fans are available.

All fresh produce is grown at Footsteps or sourced locally without the use of pesticides. All meats, fish and shellfish used in our restaurant are sourced locally and are of the very highest standard.

A short history of Footsteps

1999

November

David White comes to The Gambia for the first time on holiday with the family.

2000

February

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David returned to the Gambia with Wayne Martin to look at some land for the lodge.

July

First-Logo

David started preparing the sustainable business plan.

2001

January

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David and Wayne returned to The Gambia to buy land in Gunjur.

April

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David and his local workforce started building Footsteps.

October

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Davids father-in-law and friend Len joined the Footsteps project.

2002

February

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We opened Footsteps to the public!

2003 - 2006

2003

We became a Responsible Travel member.

2007

March

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To our deep sorrow our partner and friend Len passed away. May he rest in peace.

April

About sustainable Footsteps | rebuilding

We began clearing up and rebuilding with the help of the local village.

2008

January

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Footsteps rises from the ashes with a grand re-opening of the new and improved sustainable lodge.

March

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We built Kaira Bungo, our first log cabin.

2009

January

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We built our second log cabin: Kaira Kunda.

2010

January

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We built the luxury accommodation Sunbird House.

2011

March

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We were assessed by Travelife and received their Gold Award for sustainable tourism.

2012

January

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David started working on our new website.

March

We were assessed by Travelife and received their Gold Award for sustainable tourism.

May

We received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor!

December

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We opened our brand new birdhide.

2013

March

We were assessed by Travelife and received their Gold Award for sustainable tourism.

December

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Santa brought us a new logo for Christmas 🙂

2014

March

We were assessed by Travelife and received their Gold Award for sustainable tourism.

May

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We were awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor!

November

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We were awarded Silver at The World Responsible Travel Awards at London’s WTM in the category ‘Best for engaging people & culture’!

2015

April

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Even though The Gambia remained ebola-free many tourists stayed away during the 2014-2015 season epidemic. Footsteps also had a rough season, but not as bad as others did. We made it through and decided to do better than ever next season!

May

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We were awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor!

May

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | Awards | Butterfly eco rating 2015

We were awarded a perfect eco rating by eco-tropical resorts!

August

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To kick off a season dedicated to creating an even better experience for our guests, we launched our new website.

October

Footsteps lodge | lounge wherever you like

We replaced the roof of the pool with a sundeck, rebuilt the bantaba, upgraded the kitchen, bar and upstairs sitting area and topped that off with a new look and comfy furniture.

2016

May

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | Tripadvisor 2016 certificate of excellence

We were awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor!

2017

January

We received the HotelsCombined 2017 recognition of excellence with a 9.3 rated by guests

We were awarded the 2017 recognition of excellence by HotelsCombined!

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May

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We were awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor!

Our sustainable mission

Mission Statement

Footsteps Eco-Lodge is dedicated to improve The Gambia’s trade in responsible tourism and thereby encourage sustainable employment within The Gambia.

We will encourage greater numbers of tourists to visit The Gambia. This will be achieved while encouraging others to improve the ecology of the country.

Our building, employment and operational strategy will adhere to a policy of being ‘Good, Honest and True’.

We will educate other tourist-based businesses on how they can reduce the ecological impact of their trade on the delicate ecosystem of The Gambia. This enables those businesses benefiting from that trade to pass on the message and lessons learnt. This will encourage others to act in the same responsible manner.

To sustain the above policy our lodge:

  • is fitted throughout with composting toilets
  • has a grey water filtration system
  • utilizes solar and wind generated power and other such ecologically sound practises.

We help our guests to enjoy the benefits of an ecologically responsible location by using local Gambian employees. Each employee receives relevant training, fair pay, medical assistance and the opportunity for advancement.

Industry involvement

We work closely with The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia and The Gambia School of Business Management. We encourage future generations to embrace and understand the need for sustainable, profitable and socially responsible tourism.

We support local schools, business initiatives, and educational programs dealing with clean water supplies.

These include:

You can help too! Just ask us about community activity during your holiday. Or have a look around online. There are several charitable organisations working in the area.