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Mandina Lodges (Gambia, Makasutu Forest)

Contact Address & Bookings: Flights
Mandina River Lodge
Makasutu Culture Forest
P.O. Box 2309 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 446 367 (The Gambia)
            +44   0 1489 0866 939 (UK)

Email: mandina@gambia.co.uk


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Mandina Lodges is a 5 star luxury eco-lodge on the Mandina Bolong, a tributary of the River Gambia.
Hotel Room Facilities & Services:
8 eco-friendly lodges
3 types of accommodation

Stilted Lodge:
Sleeps up to 3 guests

Shower - open air but screened

4 poster double bed with mosquito net

Composting toilet

Ceiling fans

External living room with sofa and chairs

Upper deck extra living room / bedroom

UK 3 pin style socket

Wardrobe

Safety deposit box

Polished hardwood floors
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Jungle Lodge: Sleeps up to 3 guests

Shower - open air but screened

Flush toilet closet

Four poster double bed with mosquito net

Ceiling fans

Spacious 2nd floor roof patio

Chairs, dining table and chair bed

3 pin sockets

Wardrobe

Personal safe

Spiral staircase leads to roof

Ceramic tiled floors
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Floating Lodges: Sleeps up to 2 guests

Shower - open air but screened

Composting toilet

Double bed with mosquito net

Fans

Bamboo cane chairs & coffee table
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• Note - All the above rooms have:
- Mosquito screens on windows
- Solar heated hot water
- Hammocks
- Eat-in option available

• The entire accommodation can sleep up to a maximum of 12 guests.
 
General Facilities & Services:
Bar

Restaurant with à la carte al fresco dining areas

Large, hour-glass shaped swimming pool

Local tour guides

Local activities include canoeing, fishing, birdwatching & sunbathing

Guarded walkways

24 hour reception desk

180 degree views of your surroundings

Solar powered energy for shared amenities

Manicured tropical gardens with stone paths & lights
 
Review:
Mandina has been uniquely tailored for the sophisticated adventurer, looking for a first class eco retreat. Four solar powered floating lodges and one stilted house are nestled into the privacy of the encompassing mangroves. Reached by elevated walkways or by dug out canoe – paddled by your own ‘man Friday’.

The lodges offer 180-degree views of the Mandina Bolong (an idyllic tributary off the main river Gambia). Each handcrafted wood lodge features a four-poster carved bed fitted with crisp white linens. The en-suite eco friendly bathroom with tiled shower, state of the art composting toilets and solar heated water, opens on to the mangroves for a truly unique bathing experience. Fall asleep to the rhythmic sounds of the bush and awake to the distant call of the Muezzin from the neighbouring Kembujeh village.



• Mandina Lodges is set in 1,000 acres of virtual wilderness away from shops and mod-cons.

• Children allowed - close supervision is advised due to the river.

• Due to the accommodation's environmentally sensitive location air-conditioners are absent altogether.

• Take along enough personal toiletries as there are no shops nearby.

• Composting toilets are used in most suites to safeguard the local water's purity.

• Booked on a half-board basis.

• There is no money exchange, make sure you have enough of the local currency before your stay.

• The accommodation is about 20 minutes drive from The Gambia's main Banjul Airport.
 
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