Gambia Holidays at Footsteps Eco-lodge

Gambia Holidays at Footsteps Ecolodge

Let’s discover

Gambia together…

21 yrs providing “holidays in The Gambia” & 97% of our guests reviewed Footsteps Eco-Lodge 4-5 stars on TripAdvisor

Make The Gambia your next holiday choice!

We are taking bookings for 2023/24 😀

The Gambia has nature reserves, golden sands, local markets and much more!

Book your next Gambia holiday today with no deposit, nothing to pay until one month before travel & a full refund up to 2 weeks before travel.

Be financially protected in the event of Covid affecting your holiday we are delighted to announce that Footsteps guests can now claim a discount with Heymondo Travel Insurance. Get your quote today!

In the bush and by the beach. Our lodge team is waiting with a warm welcome for you 🥰

See what’s on offer in this short video clip!

The smiling coast

Gambian boys playing in the water
©Emyr Evans – Local boys

We cater for Birdwatchers, Yoga practitioners, Fishing and holidaymakers who just want to relax and experience the local culture.

We offer a variety of well-designed rooms in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Here you will enjoy the finest international / Gambian food & drink. Enjoy fragrant Bougainvillea while sitting by Gambia’s only freshwater-filtered pool.

From Nov-April we operate an adult-only lodge ( age 12 & above ) & in May & June, we welcome families with small children too 😀

Gambia holidays at Footsteps Eco-lodge
©David White – Beautiful gardens

Recharge your batteries

While holidaying in The Gambia at our lodge, you are assured of staying in one of the most beautiful, natural environments West Africa has to offer.

Our eco-credentials mean that you get the holiday you deserve, safe in the knowledge that the environment – and its custodians who depend upon it – are protected too.

Whether chatting with friends (old and new), enjoying the finest food and drink, or exploring the woodlands and beaches on your doorstep, Gambia holidays offer you the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Here we have a relaxed attitude to time. Things often get delayed. We say take off your watch and reconnect with your surroundings. Stop fretting about being somewhere at a certain time. Then life begins to reset. Just like a watch. Sleep when you’re tired and eat when you’re hungry. Do as much or as little as you want to, and let Footsteps eco-lodge work its magic.

Footsteps freshwater Eco-pool

Lodge sundeck over our eco-pool
Get your tan in the treetops

Unique and at the heart of our lodge is our sun-deck & freshwater eco-pool. Because it’s covered by our sundeck, the freshly filtered water stays cool & lovely. It’s a favourite not only with our guests but also with the wildlife visiting each day.

And most literally the place to be on hot afternoons. To sit with newfound friends with your feet in the cool water is heaven. Watch numerous birds come down to drink, no need for binoculars at this birding hotspot.

Powered by solar and filtered naturally through reed beds, it is home to Chameleons, Dragonflies, Butterflies, and numerous birds.

Gambia birds
Pygmy Kingfisher at our eco-pool
 eco lodge freshwater pool
Cool down in our eco pool

Fresh food, always!

Everything you want from a lodge restaurant: two innovative flamboyant chefs creating mouth-watering meals to suit every taste from a modern open-view kitchen and with the best fresh ingredients.

We serve breakfast, lunch, snacks, and each evening we offer a new three-course menu for dinner, which includes stunning European, vegetarian and local options. Try your hand at making Benachin, a sort of risotto dish. Or maybe a Domada which is a stew made with peanuts. See some examples of local recipes and instructions on how to make them yourself here.

Gambian food
©Jason Florio | Avocados are grown at Footsteps 😋

Activities for your holiday

On and off-site activities include local cooking, birding, fishing, yoga, photography, nature trails, cycling, and much more.

Go on guided bird-watching excursions with Lamin, and join him on guided half and full-day trips to areas of local interest such as the local village of Gunjur with its thriving market and busy fishing centre.

If fishing is your pleasure then our coastline produces some of the best fishing anywhere in the world!

Fishing holiday in Gambia
©David White | Fishing with man’s best friend

The Best Eco-solutions

In 2018, we became the first-holiday provider in the country to supply our guests with a reusable 800ml drinking bottle along with free filtered water during their stay. This has saved literally thousands of plastic bottles a year. Imagine if more hotels did this!

We always strive to be good, honest, and true in everything we do. We care deeply about our environment and work hard to ensure that the people who look after it benefit from its protection. Read more about sustainable tourism at Footsteps and our commitment to reducing our use of plastics.

Our Gambia holidays blog

Take a look at our blog where you will find not only articles from Footsteps founder, David but also experiences had by some of our guests too.

Is the birding good?

The Gambia is a paradise for birdwatching and birders, with more than 550 species to be seen.

Footsteps offer not only day trips for the dedicated birder, but also bird hides on-site where as many as 100 species can be seen within the grounds of the lodge.

If you are interested in birding, check out our birding page and itineraries. Other trips can be tailor-made for you if you wish.

We have a dedicated birding blog now too with the kind of images all serious photographers want.

Details & Pricing for …

Covid policy
Read our Covid-19 policy
Member club.
Gambia holidays membership
Single use plastic
No single-use plastic at this lodge
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Each year from June 15th until November 1st, Footsteps closes its doors to conduct essential maintenance and for our staff to receive some well-earned time off, ensuring high-quality Gambia holidays each year for our guests.

Explore our website & see why our guests become friends😀