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The Gambia Bird Lodge is a wonderful place to stay, I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday there. Being located in a village, you get a very real sense of  authentic Africa, a pleasant change from the ubiquitous western style 'anywhere' hotels!

Clifford Ball


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The Gambia is West Africa at its most accessible. Stable, peaceful, affordable and within comfortable flying distance of northern Europe and there is no time difference between the UK and Gambia.


This former British colony has been a popular winter holiday destination for over three decades, and its appealing tropical climate, lively beach resorts and friendly atmosphere are enough to keep sunseekers returning time and time again.

You can fully immerse yourself in the real West Africa here, by travelling up-country, where you'll discover picturesque mud-built villages, rice fields and palm groves, vibrant markets where you can haggle over batiks and balafons, and local festivals - invariably exuberant displays of colour, energy and noise.

The country also has a great deal to offer nature enthusiasts: it's well established as a top birdwatching destination, and its greatest natural feature, the River Gambia, is becoming a major draw for ecotourists.

The Gambia Bird Lodge is located adjacent to the 1,500 acre National Bird Reserve in the fishing village of Tanji. Set in its own grounds, the lodge nestles between mango and citrus orchards and and tropical garden, it's just is a short walk from Tanji's beautiful sandy beaches.

Benefitting from all modern conveniences, accommodation comprises 3 double bedrooms, 2 shower rooms (1 is ensuite), an open-plan dining area and lounge, fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer and cooker.
The Lodge has mains electricity with back-up generator available when needed. The lodge accommodates up to 6 guests.

  • Free resident car parking

  • Outdoor pool & Terrace

  • Laundry facilities

  • Back-up Generator

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

  • Complimentary toiletries

  • CD Player / USB ipod player

  • Iron & ironing board

  • Close to all local amenities

  • Airport Transfers can be arranged by prior appointment



Ya Ya Barry Ornithologist


There are 576 bird species to be seen in The Gambia with over 50 species to be regularly seen in the Lodge garden! Internationally renowned Gambian Bird Guide YaYa Barry resides in the adjacent cottage and is available for birding excursions on request.


Further information on YaYa Barry and the adjacent Bird Reserve with a link to the gallery page of the National Bird Reserve. Visit YaYa's website | Click here.

To contact YaYa Barry by email | Click Here

Ya Ya Barry

An Ornithologists' Paradise!

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