The Brufut Heights & Gardens
resort, in Gambia, is next to Ghana Town on the edge of the main village located in the
Western Division about 4.3 miles south from the
Senegambia strip in
Kololi. The original village is actually
located a couple of kilometres east of the coastal road and beach.
co-ordinates: 13.25° N 16.47° W).
This section of coast has
seen a rapid rise in the development towards and along the beach
(caused mainly by tourism & the need for property)
thereby expanding Brufut to now encompass the section called
Heights resort where the
Sheraton 5 star hotel is located and was
opened in March 2007.
to the Heights is the
Taf Housing Estates at
which is a purpose built housing project which is essentially a
private community (they have there own independent
utilities) which is popular with expatriates and Gambians living
overseas who are looking to buy a house that
is close to the beach. This part of the coast has seen the
instalment of street lights extending all the way from
Roundabout heading south and almost reaching Ghana Town. Nawec (the electrical
utilities company) has also laid mains electricity and water that
follow the coastal road and are being extended to peoples private
As a result of this rapid local development it is
quite likely that over the next few years the area will see the
building of dozens of guesthouses, beach bars,
as well as medium to large tourist hotels.
Some local parts of
the beach are
frequented by local fishermen from the village.
To get to the sands
you will have to negotiate your way down special pathways as the area
unlike other parts of the Atlantic coast is several metres above
A little way inland is an area called
Brufut Woods Community Project which is a must see preserve for
wildlife enthusiasts and in particular birdwatchers. It
features a bird pond, a hide and among the species to be found there
include fork-tailed drongo, doves and the black kite.
also the sacred holy site of Sanamentering (also spelt
Sanneh Mentering) which is a small mosque located on the cliff edge
where Muslims from around the country would occasionally
come and pray at either times of crisis or for good fortune.
Please note: The area is
sometimes spelt as Burrfut or Burfut.