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If you are looking for something completely different for a holiday in Gambia, look no further than the luxury Mandina Lodges. Situated in the heart of the African bush, just 30 - 40 minutes from the airport, the Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest offer peace, tranquility and an unforgettable experience in the wilderness with the chance to discover the people and wildlife of The Gambia that have made the forest their home: the amazing birdlife, monkeys, monitor lizards and ever-increasing troupes of baboons.
Situated just 30 kilometres from the coastal resorts on a tributary of the River Gambia, the 1000 acre Makasutu Cultural Forest is the result of over 20 years’ hard work by two Englishmen. James English sadly passed away in 2011, but his wife, Linda, has now joined Lawrence Williams and his pet dogs and cats to lend her personal touch and attention to detail to lift Mandina to even greater heights in terms of quality and service. Emphasis has always been placed on using local materials and employing staff from the surrounding village communities. Service is therefore very friendly and personal with such a small number of guests, making your stay even more memorable.
Mandina Lodges - For a Relaxing Holiday
During the day you can choose to relax by the large pool, blissfully soaking up the atmosphere, disturbed only by birdsong and the hum of chattering monkeys; or take advantage of the expert guides provided, to explore the forest and mangroves on foot or by canoe. This personal service gives you great flexibility to plan your days: following a leisurely breakfast, why not enjoy a walk through the forest, learning about the local plant life from one of the guides and maybe spotting the baboons that inhabit the area? Or visit international street art project at nearby Kubeneh village. In the evening, you may opt for a romantic sunset cruise, followed by dinner and drinks under the stars.
There are now 9 lodges, ensuring an exclusive yet slightly rustic feel, for an authentic bush experience. These are very impressive and unique in style - 3 spacious Jungle lodges with roof terrace are set back from the river, whilst the popular River lodges are either floating or on stilts. The new Mangrove lodge combines a stunning interior with a tranquil location bordering a river inlet.
After a 10 year cooperation, we still believe that a stay at Mandina provides a unique chance to experience the real Africa in comfortable and striking surroundings and we are not alone – the lodges have won a place in the book ‘1001 Escapes To Make Before You Die’, a guide for those in search of the world’s most unusual and beautiful places. They were also awarded the National Order of The Gambia by the President in April 2012.
Large pool and sun terraces, Bar and al fresco dining areas, Dug-out canoes, Forest guides, Optional Sunset Cruise/River Fishing excursions, No credit card facilities, 9 lodges
Four-poster bed, Fan, safe, Mosquito nets, 3 pin UK sockets, Tea/coffee delivered to your lodge each morning - No energy-sapping air-conditioning or fridge/minibar. Solar power is used where possible.
The Mandina Lodges offer a place to enjoy the warm African sunshine with only the sounds of the bush breaking the silence! A first class accommodation that is a truly different type of holiday in the Gambia.