The Best Accommodation Options in Gambia

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Roundhouses – Bed and Breakfast 

Daily cleaning, less frequently if you prefer – Room service – Mosquito nets on request – Fresh towels daily or less frequently if you prefer & laundry service.

Wake each morning feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of your holiday in The Gambia.

Our spacious, detached roundhouses surround the fresh-water eco-pool and bar/restaurant. The attractive, domed roofs help to keep them cool and they employ other simple, natural techniques such as hot air vents and 360-degree window ventilation. Each has its own fruiting trees, giving not only the very freshest breakfast juice but also shade and privacy. 

Featuring en-suite bathrooms with clean, odourless composting toilets, they have either one double or two single beds, and an additional single can be added on request.

The best thing about our rooms is you get a great night’s sleep!

Lodge features

Roundhouse exterior

Cool by natural design, our roundhouses are spacious and tastefully decorated.

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Roundhouse interior

Available as single, double, twin, or triple occupancy, all rooms have a fan, wall safe, A/C 2 & 3 pin electricity, open wardrobe and local art painted by Cotton Trail Art

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Roundhouse En-suite Bathroom

Our roundhouses are en-suite with hot and cold showers.

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Roundhouse pricing

Prices are per roundhouse accommodation per night

Rooms1/11/23-30/04/241/05/24-31/5/24Minimum stay
One person£65.00£50.003 nights
Two persons£80.00£64.003 nights
Three persons£95.00£76.003 nights

Ndey’s Chalets – Bed and Breakfast

Just 50 metres at the back of Footsteps you will find Ndey’s Chalets. Built by our neighbour Ged Brown and contained within one block are four chalets. They are brand new, clean and comfortable and designed to cater for backpackers and travellers who are on a budget.

They benefit from everything at Footsteps and include breakfast at the lodge for each night of your stay.

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Ndeys place

Chalet pricing

Prices are per chalet accommodation per night

Rooms1/11/23-30/04/241/05/24-31/5/24Minimum stay
1 person£35.00£25.00 1 night
2 persons£45.00£35.001 night
3 persons£55.00£45.001 night
4 persons£65.00£55.001 night

Our self-catering villas

Self-catering gives you the freedom to choose. If you’re too busy relaxing to cook, you have all the facilities of the lodge, including its renowned restaurant, sun deck and fresh-water pool on your doorstep. Extra beds can be added in two of our villas, which means that for small groups on a budget, we’ve got you covered.

Our villas all have their own private entrance and parking area but with easy access to the lodge itself. They have all the features listed above, and in addition, they include a fridge, generous, fully-equipped kitchen, day room, solar electricity and hot showers, veranda and in the case of Kaira Bunga, flushing toilets. Each accommodation has its own unique character but all of them offer the quality and comfort that have made Footsteps the first choice for discerning eco visitors to The Gambia.

Sunbird House – sleeps 6

Sunbird House is our original self-catering villa and is still a favourite with our many birding guests. It’s set in a Hectare of beautiful gardens with fruiting trees and colourful flowers and fragrant plants. Bordering Tunbung Forest to one side and is further protected by land at its back which comes with its own bird hide. It is a 150m walk through our garden to the lodge and offers the best chance of seeing your favourite species from your bedroom window.

The most spacious of our villas, with just two bedrooms each with a double and a single bed in a 200m2 footprint, its large day rooms can easily accommodate two extra single beds. It has a warm, natural feel featuring a funky mix of open fire block and plastered walls, varnished timbers and fantastic local art.

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Sunbird House-self catering accommodation
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Kaira Bungasleeps 4

Guests who are looking for the ‘Wow! Factor’ will appreciate the impressive design and immaculate finish of Kaira Bunga, the most recent addition to the Footsteps’ accommodation family.

It is brand new for the 2023/24 season and is certainly a stylish villa. Constructed from local materials and has its very own Bantaba, ( a modern-day equivalent of a garden gazebo ) and a hand-crafted interior ceiling designed not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also has the added advantage of keeping the house cool on hot days.

It boasts two large bedrooms (one of which is en-suite) and two luxurious bathrooms with hot showers and flushing eco-toilets. It has an established garden with fruit trees, native species and incredible flowering bougainvillaea.

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Self catering at Kaira Bunga-Gambia
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Kaira bunga bathroom

Tickety-boo – sleeps 6 – 8

Nested within its very own secluded garden and blessed with luscious avocados, ripe bananas, and vibrant frangipanis in full bloom. Tickety-Boo stands proud as the largest among our self-catering accommodations. Uniquely positioned in close proximity to the main lodge, it combines convenience with tranquillity.

With three bedrooms – two boasting double beds and one featuring twin beds – as well as a capacity to accommodate two additional single beds, Tickety-Boo effortlessly caters to larger groups. This spacious villa grants up to eight like-minded travellers the opportunity to share accommodation while taking full advantage of everything that Footsteps Lodge has to offer too!

It has a spacious open-plan kitchen/dining room where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink while preparing your evening meal. Providing an ideal setting for conversations with friends and loved ones.

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Self-catering villas pricing

Prices are per villa per night

Villas1/11/23-30/04/241/05/24-31/5/24Minimum stay
Sunbird House£90.00 per night£72.00 per night5 nights
Ticketety-Boo £90.00 per night£72.00 per night5 nights
Kaira Bunga£90.00 per night£72.00 per night5 nights

Top Tips

Bring a torch in case you come home a little later than expected, a good quality mosquito repellant, sensible shoes or sandals, your sunglasses and a hat. If you like to spend a lot of time at the beach then a beach mat or towel is also a good idea!

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Nicky G
6 February 2024
Verified
This place is a gem As a solo female traveller visiting The Gambia for the first time I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but this eco-lodge was superb. On arrival I was given a tour of all the different areas of the lodge, and the staff, who are all friendly and helpful, took the trouble to learn my name. I stayed in one of the round houses, which was clean, comfortable and spacious. The food was consistently delicious, and I particularly enjoyed trying the Gambian dishes. The evening meal was eaten at a huge round table with the other guests, as well as David and Linda (the owners), and there was plenty of great conversation. I went to The Gambia for the birdwatching and wasn’t disappointed. The lodge’s birding guide, Lamin, really knows his stuff and we saw a fabulous range of birds on days out, and within the grounds of the lodge. I felt really well looked after throughout. What really sets this place apart though, is the ambiance…I truly felt as though I’d just gone to stay with friends and already want to return for a second visit.
meikster
22 January 2024
Verified
Wonderful place, owner and staff! Footsteps is a great place on all sorts of levels. The property is beautiful and well-maintained. Accommodations are super comfy and clean (we stayed in the round-house as well as the villa Kaira Bunga). David (the owner) is an awesome resource when it comes to getting tips for excursions and things to do and the entire staff is amazing, caring and very helpful. They all seem to operate as a family which made us feel right at home and part of the community. The food is delicious and we loved chef Fatou's varied and thought out menus. After each day trip we were happy to return to the Lodge. It really did feel like home. Would go back any time and can only highly recommend!
Bourlingueur*in
20 January 2024
Verified
Perfect for travelers who search for a community! It’s a beautiful and clean place to stay if you search for a community and be surrounded by travelers who want to join group happenings. The Gambian employees do a wonderful job and the friendly owner David tries his best to integrate the nature and its resources in his sustainable lodge as well as the Gambian community! The area around and the villages are very local and wonderful!
Mike
18 January 2024
Verified
Beautiful location, wonderful people, excellent food I enjoyed an excellent week at Footsteps in January 2023*. As a solo traveller who finds meeting new people and socialising challenging, I was made to feel very welcome by the attentive and friendly staff. The food was really fantastic, the people, both guests and staff, were very friendly. It was great to meet a range of people over the week, with old guests departing and new ones arriving. The accomodation was comfortable. My favourite evening of the stay was definitely the weekly BBQ! The local birdlife was simply fantastic. It was my first time visiting sub-saharan Africa, and I was dazzled by the sheer variety of beautiful and charismatic bird species in the lodge grounds and on the short walk to the beach (which is beautiful and very quiet). There is a protected woodland next to Footsteps filled with even more birds. The on-site bird guide Lamin Bojang is very knowledgable and day trips can easily be arranged with him (whether birding or otherwise). If you are looking for a beautiful location away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area, I couldn't recommend Footsteps too much! *I couldn't select Jan 2023 as it was more than a year ago, so selected Feb 2023.
Sian C
12 January 2024
Verified
The best place to go in January We just love the place - been 5 times now. Always great hospitality, lovely staff , food excellent and always interesting people to meet . Not to mention the wonderful attractions of The Gambia - such a beautiful country, friendly people and amazing wildlife Plus sunshine!
Marc Eeckhaut
12 January 2024
Verified
An enjoyable stay at Footsteps For the second year in row we enjoyed very much our stay at Footsteps. The roundhouses are very clean and comfortable, good wifi, hot water and a very good bed. We appreciated very much the tasty food they serve, the seafood kebab was the best dinner we had in the Gambia... Especially nature lovers will enjoy the large garden, full of birds... Thanks David and the whole crew for the exellentnservice.
Jackum B
28 December 2023
Verified
An eco hideaway in the Gambian forest. A perfect place to be: peacefully situated in the forest, with gorgeous Gambian birds chattering away in the background. Lovely salads and an excellent buffet dinner. Footsteps has nice rooms, nice staff and an altogether friendly and helpful atmosphere.
alisono27
26 December 2023
Verified
A lovely mature eco-resort, great for relaxing, birding and enjoying The Gambia. We found this fabulous eco lodge, a perfect place to relax and explore southern Gambia. Rooms are individual huts which are spacious and stay relatively cool. David, the lodge owner has been here 25 years and the compound has a lot of lovely mature shady trees and plants. We didn’t miss air con. The composting loo works really well. We had visited The Gambia with birding in mind. The local guide, Lamin Bojang is very knowledgeable and there are a number of local places with an abundance of gorgeous birds. It was the beginning of dry season and surprisingly few biting insects. The staff are very local Gambians, friendly, making you feel very welcome and cared for. We are now looking at all our photos and thinking we will definately plan a return visit one day.
Vigdis J
14 December 2023
Verified
The authentic and peaceful Gambia It is just beautiful to wake up to birds singing and coffee ready just outside the african huts after a good night sleep in a comfortable bed. The staff is wonderful and food is very good. And to walk for twenty minutes to a beach that is quiet away from the typical tourist places is also a bonus. Highly recommended!
Bodyfix B
13 December 2023
Verified
What an incredible week We just arrived home from a magical weeks stay. My sister & I stayed in Tickety Boo lodge for 7 days. It was so beautiful waking up to the birds, the butterflies and the people. Eating breakfast under the trees with all of the other guests is a fab way to start the day. Finding out where everyone is going and what they are up to. We would the. Return to the lodge for dinner all together at the camp to debrief about our adventures! The staff at Footsteps make everything so much more special. Everyone is so so friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make sure you face what you need. David & Linda were fab hosts and it was lovely to have such knowledge in the lodge about the area and places to see and go. I had a bracelet and a ring made from the silver smith on camp. A beautiful wooden pot from the incredible carpenter and those amazing print trousers from the tailor. I also really enjoy an earlier walk with the Camps bird watching expert Lamin. The camp itself is located in the most beautiful spot, away from hustle n bustle but not too far to reach the village of Gunjur. And the beautiful Sunshine beach bar is a very pretty 20 min walk away. We’ve met friends that will stay in contact and found a place will be 1000% be back to. Thankyou to Osman for being an awesome driver. And thankyou for David & Linda for having such an incredible slice of paradise to share.

A/ We won’t be beaten on price.

B/ If you find a better deal, we’ll price match & discount it by 5%.

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

"Simple as ABC", start planning your holiday today with Footsteps Eco-lodge!

Transfers & check-in

Our airport collection and drop-off service are £30 for up to four passengers, and we have 24hr check-in. So wherever you’re travelling from and whatever time you arrive we are here just for you!

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