I've been lucky enough to stay at the Gambia Bird Lodge in Tanji three times since 2011. I absolutely love it there.
The accommodation is a beautiful traditional lodge with internal palm trunk columns and thatched roof, its super comfy, cool, well equipped and secure. The refreshing private pool is perfect for cooling off in the reliable African sun and the wonderful garden is an oasis to relax in and watch the wildlife. On my last visit in Feb 2016 there were three pairs of nesting birds within yards of the lodge veranda (Hornbills, Thick Knees and Black Kites), the volume, variety and proximity of the bird life is something very special in the mornings and early evenings and at night bats swoop and drink from the pool.
The lodge is impeccably maintained and serviced; the team of locals who keep it clean and running are not only friendly and efficient but are a fantastic source of local knowledge and stories and an inexhaustible help. Special mention for me must go to Lamin and Yaya who have gone out of their way to set up some fantastic adventures and experiences including unforgettable overland trips to Jinak and Dakar.
Staying in Tanji, away from the main Sennegambia tourist strip (a 10-15 min drive/taxi), is a genuine privilege; grinning kids play on the streets outside, locals go about their daily business and the hypnotic drumming rhythm of tribal ceremonies and events can often be heard rolling over the rooftops. Within walking distance is the aptly named paradise beach where you'll find endless golden deserted sand and Tanji fish market is a daily experience not to be missed. I highly recommend the butterfish with hot sauce!
Tanji Bird Lodge is the perfect haven from which to base your Gambian adventure and if, like us, your plans to go out are routinely delayed as you enjoy one more local Julbrew under the mango tree, that’s ok its GMT (Gambia Maybe Time ).