19 May 2017

Lamin Lodge, The Gambia

Lamin, Gambia

Dining with monkeys in Lamin Village

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 coast of Africa. One of the tourist attractions which is advised to be seen in the country is the Lamin Lodge. 

What is Lamin Lodge? Where is Lamin Lodge and How to reach Lamin Lodge? Here we go, here are the answers!!! Lamin Lodge 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 buses run only until the main street of Lamin village, from where there are 4 or 5 km of an unpaved road which was in a very bad condition so self-drivers need to be careful, especially during the rainy 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 led 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 even though they seemed quite informative: one of the guides out there 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 be 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 cannot express more details.

Lamin Lodge, The Gambia

The one or two hours mangrove boat trips at sunset are worth especially 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. The monkeys liked cool drinks very much so they stole it and drank it. One of the monkeys tried to steal our sprite bottle but it was almost empty so the monkey left it 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. At 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, the monkeys 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 the right place for you. Sincerely we recommend visiting the Lamin Lodge, the location itself was well worth a visit.

Lamin Lodge, The Gambia

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. 


Gambia
Lamin Lodge

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  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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  4. That sounds like a ton of fun. Experiences like these are why travel is so amazing.

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  5. I am one of those people who didn't know about Gambia! I love monkeys so maybe one day, I'll be able to visit; looks fun!

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  6. Omg this looks like so much fun! I definitely want to visit Gambia soon, it looks like an absolute dream!

    Xoxo - Elizabeth
    www.akeenesenseofstyle.com

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  7. Wow! This looks like such a surreal place to go. It's always interesting to see wildlife so comfortable with people.

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  8. Wow what an experience! I'm amazed to see animals so comfortable around people like that!

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  9. I haven't because I'm too chicken. I love reading about others travels to areas not so much traveled though!

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  10. Wow these photos are brilliant- what a cool experience!

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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  11. This place looks like so much fun. I would love to dine with the monkeys someday!

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  12. Gambia sounds like an adventure, even without the monkeys. it's a amazing place itself!

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  13. This sounds very funny! haha, I am very careful when animals that live freely approach especially those who aren't domesticated nor completely wild, because they could be carriers of many diseases we don't know.

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  14. My daughter would love to dine with monkeys! Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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  15. Oh it looks such a wonderful place. So natural and rural, full immersed into the wild. I would love to explore such places but I cannot hide they scare me a little.

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  16. This looks like it would be such an amazing experience. I would love to be able to put myself into the wild like this and just get lost.

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  17. What an awesome experience. Not sure if I want to share my meal with any one hahaha.

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