Lamin Lodge, The Gambia






Have you ever thought about travelling to The Gambia? Most of the people I know don't even know where The Gambia is! It is on the westernmost cost of Africa. One of the tourist attractions which is advised to be seen in the country is Lamin Lodge. 
Lamin Lodge, The Gambia
It was a Gambian standard restaurant and bar (no lodgings) in the Lamin village on the side of the river Gambia. Nothing seems to be strange yet  right? While residing in tourist areas you need a taxi to reach this place, because busses run only until the main street of Lamin village. From where there are 4 or 5 km of unpaved road which was in a very bad condition so self-drivers should be careful, especially during the rain season. In case you travel by taxi, negotiate clearly earlier with the driver in order to avoid misunderstandings later. They were always in a hurry, and in case you stay more hours than what you have previously said to the drivers, they will charge more money. While travelling by bus, get down at the Lamin main Street and walk down to the lodge.

Lamin Lodge, The Gambia

Indications along the way were well located so you can't get lost. This option was not only the cheapest one but also while walking down to lodge one could experience the village life in the Lamin area. Keep some pencils with you for the children to give. Another way to reach in there was by boat. I have never tried it so cannot give more details. Our taxi driver dropped us just in front of the bridge which leaded to the Lamin Lodge. At the entrance there were some locals who tried to sell us boat trips  and guided tours around the area. They had nothing to do with the Lamin Lodge but evethough they seemed quite informative: the guide explained us the use of the oyster shells in The Gambia and how they render them down to use in buildings. The boat trip offered by them seemed to me cheaper than the one at the Lamin Lodge. Anyways before promising to them you better compare the prices with the Lamin Lodge lady. However we didn't take any boat trips so can not express more details.
Lamin Lodge, The Gambia
The one or two hours mangrove boat trips at sunset are worth specially if you have never done one before. Lamin lodge was a rustic  wooden hut frequented by monkeys, they walked on chairs and tables, trying to eat the customers' food. Once the waiter brought the order to our table, we found ourselves surrounded by monkeys. We must defend ourselves by using a stick provided by the restaurant upon arrival. They liked cool drinks very much so they stole it and drank it. One of the monkey tried to steal our sprite bottle but it was almost empty so the monkey left it on the table and stolen the one from the next table. At the first sight it seemed to me happening casually, but later when I went to the first floor seeking the lady I saw her feeding the monkeys in the kitchen. So probably it was a way to attract tourists. People raved for this place, yes it was something different but up to a point! I wasn't that much impressed and also we cannot enjoy the meal while holding the sticks to scare off the monkeys. In any moment it could come closer and steal our food and not only. In fact we ordered food but we couldn't eat properly because the monkeys were everywhere around us trying to come close even if we had our sticks ready to be used. We just had drinks. Keep an eye on your handbag or cameras, they will take them away and you will never get them back again. Anyway we saw people enjoying this atmosphere and if you like bird watching then it is a right place for you. Sincerely we recommend visiting the Lamin Lodge, the location itself was well worth a visit. We would have spent more time around if the vendors and the recruiters had left us in peace without continually creeping in with any kind of proposal.


Lamin Lodge, The Gambia Lamin Lodge, The Gambia Reviewed by Travel Tips on May 19, 2017 Rating: 5

3 comments

  1. Ooh I also wanna go there! It looks so green and these monkey's must be a lot of fun ;-) Nice blog! :D

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  2. Nice post! Gambia is definitely on my to travel list, thanks for posting!

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  3. Awawaw the funny monkeys!! Those little bastards..
    I've never been there but Gambia looks very beautiful!

    x, Anna

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