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Rosemary Hamblin

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, german, Wolof, Mandinka, Fula

Self catering apartment with pool, near beaches, excellent location, The Gambia

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this West Coast Region holiday apartment

Spacious open plan one bedroom apartment located close to beach and village

A tropical oasis, this self-catering apartments in The Gambia is set in tropical gardens with a magnificent swimming pool for guests to relax.

The spacious living area includes an open plan kitchen/dining area with well equipped kitchen, gas cooker, oven and fridge. The lounge is comfortably furnished with satellite T.V. The bedroom is spacious, light and airy and the bathroom is fully tiled with a walk-in shower, washbasin and toilet. There are ceiling fans in every room.

There is 24 hour security .

The apartment has its own private rear terrace and garden. The front balcony area overlooks the tropical gardens and swimming pool. The patio doors fully open facing the swimming pool. The swimming pool is set amongst the tropical gardens. Birds of paradise, banana plants,colourful exotic flowers surround you as you swim. Relax under the shaded banta bar or on the sunbeds on the terraced patio that surrounds the swimming pool. Bbq al fresco under the velvet starry skies of Africa.

The Gambia is a paradise for birdwatchers and fishermen.There are more species of birds found here than in any othe country in Africa.

Hire a boat and go deep sea fishing.or fish from the beaches and eat your catch for tea.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for children
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Rosemary Hamblin (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english, german, Wolof, Mandinka, Fula


based on 17 traveller reviews

Self catering apartment with pool, near beaches, excellent location, The Gambia
average rating of 4.529412 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful sunny garden full of trees and bird life

  • 5 of 5

Informal compound with 6 one bed en suite open plan lounge and kitchen.Friendly management husband and wife team , gambian and british.24 hour security with own safe , wifi and sat. tv.This is all set in an african village , but with european comforts . The pool was a welcome relief on hot days and the beach a 15 min. walk away.The main Senegambia area with restaurants and bars is only a 15 min taxi away.Coming here makes you realise the rat race we are caught up in , in the first world.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and tranquil.

  • 5 of 5

Have been to Banana Lodge on many occasions and love every minute there. Beautiful gardens lovely setting and lots of birds very peaceful. Our apartment has always been spotless, basic accommodation but everything you need. Very friendly staff always there to help. Lovely swimming pool too. A little gem.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Banana Lodge-

  • 5 of 5

After searching many websites for private accommodation in The Gambia i finally decided that Banana Lodge ticked all the boxes for me.The website was very precise you knew what to expect when you arrived and the price you would be paying. When i walked through the gates after a long tiring journey i was blown away. It was arriving at an oasis so green, with a lovely blue pool. All the trees and plants i had seenhad grown threefold. Mango tress, banana plants, trees, bushes and plants and a beautiful burgonvilla and hibiscus. The hosts were very welcoming. The apartment was lovely high ceilings with fans and hot water. The big plus was a 5ft bed with a proper english style mattress white sheets and no smelly pillows. I met some some lovely people in the lodge and everyone i spoke to had the same positive opinion as me. All said they would come again and many had stayed several times before. I think to think that Rosemary has become a new friend to me and i know i will return. Linda Reed Great Dunmow Essex

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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privacy and tropical atmosphere

  • 4 of 5

Dear Rosemary & Mustapha

I had a wonderful stay with you and noticed that your gardens have grown beautifully since you took the pictures for your website, giving a lot of privacy and tropical atmosphere to the apartments.

Your hospitality was exemplary.

I'll be back for sure!

Josee from the Netherlands

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, save, clean and .. just good

  • 5 of 5

For the third time I booked a lodge at Banana lodge. Not any other lodge for me anymore. Very nice, kind and trustful people, great and clean house, birds in the garden and a lovely pool. For bird photographers as me a great and save place to stay with enough places to go in the area. Thank you Rosemary, Mustapha and Abelai.

Han Bouwmeester

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Banana Lodge, Brufut, The Gambia

  • 4 of 5

This was my 8th visit to The Gambia and the 2nd time I had stayed at Banana Lodge, a wonderful oasis of peace and calm run by really welcoming proprietors Rosemary and Mustapha. If you are contemplating a trip to The Gambia and wish to be away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts then Banana Lodge is the place for you. The accommodation is self-catering so you are free to eat where and when you want. The rooms are big and spacious and each apartment has its own private garden to the back where I enjoy sitting with my morning coffee watching the many colourful birds that are attracted to the luscious plants and trees which have been thoughtfully planted throughout the complex. During the day you can laze by the pool or if it's a trip you want Rosemary and Mustapha willingly organise it for you. In April I visited the Abuko Nature Reserve where I had a thoroughly interesting morning bird watching with a guide who was courteous, friendly and very knowledgeable. If it's the beach you want then a 15 minute walk will find you on a wonderful sandy beach where you can walk, lie in the sun, sit at a beach bar or watch the local fishermen. Beware of swimming though as the currents are strong. If voluntary work is your thing Rosemary can also arrange this be it in a school, hotel or within health. To conclude, I am a single, female traveller and at Banana Lodge I feel safe and free from the hassle that can be experienced in the hotel areas. I will definitely be staying at Banana Lodge again later this year. Happy Holidays.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
Banjul International
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Courtyard
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Located on the outskirts of a traditional African village, Brufut, one minute from the main coastal highway, with wonderful unspoilt beaches close by, this private apartment with pool offers the perfect setting for exploring the Gambia.

15 minutes drive to the airport, 7 min drive to Senegambia , and 4 min drive to the Sheraton Hotel, the apartments are perfectly located for everything. International restaurants, bars, European supermarkets are within easy walking distance. The bustling shops and markets of Brufut and Brusubi are fascinating to explore.All the main tourist attractions are within easy reach:-

The capital city of Banjul, the crocodile pool of Bakau, Senengambia ,the fishing villages of Tanji and Brufut, the lazy villages of Kartong, where time goes back 100 years are all within easy reach.Go and explore and then relax in a hammock by the pool as the sun goes down.

The beautiful beaches are out of this world and within easy walking distance of the apartment..We welcome gap year students and are very happy to arrange voluntary work placements dor all ages iworking in local schools, hotels,and other charitable organizations especially during the green summer period.We jave had many successful placements.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in West Coast Region

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
low season
1 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
high season
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Wi-fi is available at £10 per week.
Xmas weeks from 22nd December to January 2nd 25 pounds extra charge per week.
Safety deposit boxes are available at a small extra charge.

Maid service and local cooking at a small extra charge.

A non refundable deposit is paid and the balance is payable on arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in West Coast Region

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 45 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The bathroom is fully tiled, with a walk in shower and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
  • The bedroom is very comfortable and spacious with ceiling fan. For families with small children there is also a bed settee which can be used in the parents apartment for the duration of the stay.
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for children
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Safety deposit boxes are available at 10GBP per week. Wi-fi internet access is also available at 10 GBP per week and lap top computers may be hired on site facilities may vary slightly from apartment to apartment.

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