My journey to Senegal and the Gambia included lots of moving around. I was out here on the #MSMLostLuggage Challenge, without any backpacks or luggage on a lunatic mission by Money Supermarket.com. For my last two nights in the Gambia, I stayed in an excellent enclosed apartment complex right in the middle of a traditional African village called Brufut.
After a ridiculous trip across a border that people told me was closed, a few days days of pure luxury by the Atlantic Ocean and then I was collected by my driver Zacariah and brought to the cool Banana Lodge Apartments to chill out.
This was a swanky apartment complex hidden brilliantly within the outskirts of a traditional Gambian village. I could mingle with the locals and still feel like a total tourist in harmony during my two nights here. Rosemary organised my stay and the owner, Mustapha welcomed me to yet another brilliant pad during my crazy #MSMLostLuggage trip in Senegal and Gambia.
Here are five of the best reasons to stay at Banana Lodge when you tour Gambia.
1.Private and Secure
It’s a private and secure complex off a small street in a local neighbourhood. There is room for parking and the complex is safe, private, tranquil and secure.
What I loved about Banana Lodge Apartments is that it is situated in the heart of a Gambian village neighbourhood. On the streets outside, kids play football, mothers wash clothes and local entrepreneurs have businesses such as Deco, who is a barber.
I met lots of the locals but the highlight was definitely playing football with the children until the sun went down. It was brilliant, just brilliant and I was so emotional saying goodbye to them. Thanks, everyone!
I had my own apartment here at Banana Lodge, so I had all the self catering things I needed. A full working kitchen with all the utensils and accessories as well as a fridge. At night I had Wi-Fi on my phone and TV to watch once the sun had sank it was time for some beers and a good night sleep.
To cool out from the heat and get some exercise, relax in the pool, or in the hammocks next to it. It’s a great place to relax here at Banana Apartments.
5. Brufut Village and Local Bars/Restaurants
A short walk out through Brufut village onto the main road and you can find a local supermarket to buy your food, or eat out at the restaurants and bars. I tried Domodah in the Chossan Restaurant as well as the juice of the Baobab tree.
My local pub, Neil’s Bar served me cold JulBrew beers for 35 Dalasi (55 pence).
I also toured a lot when I was in the Gambia, I got two ferries, did the overland crossing to Senegal at Karang and I stroked awake undrugged crocodiles at Kachikally. I also hung out on the beach at the Atlantic Ocean Coast (gorgeous) and whackpacked the sights of Banjul, the country’s capital! Here are some more photos from the complex at Banana Lodge, as you can tell I loved it. Mustapha is a great host and my driver Zakariah was a cool guy.
Here are the details for booking Banana Lodge:
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Here is a video of Banana Lodge apartments: