Ngala Lodge Hotel

When it comes to stunning places to stay, the Ngala Lodge Hotel is the jewel in the Gambia's crown.

Perched on a cliff top with awe inspiring ocean views, the boutique Ngala Lodge Hotel guarantees a one-off experience for both first time guests and the many who return year after year.

Nestled between the resorts of Bakau and Fajara in an exclusive residential area, the Ngala Lodge is an old colonial mansion situated in lush, sumptuous gardens. This is somewhere guests return to year after year - testament to the quality of both the lodge itself and its stunning location. As an adults only lodge, the peaceful gardens remain quiet throughout the day and offer plenty of opportunities to relax in a secluded spot. Ngala Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break or honeymoon. Individually designed rooms and suites are each decorated with a combination of local carvings and international art. Most have private balconies or terraces and some have their own private gardens.

Things to see and do

Plenty of on site amenities mean you could have an amazing holiday staying at Ngala Lodge without even leaving the property. Relax with a massage or manicure. Chill out on one of the many sunbathing terraces. Enjoy a refreshing drink in the amazing gardens whilst soaking up the ocean view. A few steps from the property lead down to a secluded private beach and swimming pool - perfect for a refreshing dip or even an hour's fishing.

A trip into Fajara itself is worthwhile to visit the craft market and experience the bustling ambience of the resort. Fajara offers plenty of opportunities for shopping at beach craft stalls as well as a number of extremely well regarded restaurants.

Golf enthusiasts will find an 18 hole golf course in Fajara, whilst the nearby Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to spend a relaxed afternoon.


When it comes to somewhere to spend a romantic evening, the Ngala Lodge Seaside Restaurant is very hard to beat. Renowned for its high quality cuisine, the restaurant has an excellent reputation and attracts both tourists and locals from all over the Gambia. Stunning ocean views and a relaxed, romantic ambience make it a wonderful place to spend an evening. A low key entertainment programme runs during the evenings, ensuring a warm, welcoming atmosphere throughout the year. Guests can either order from the daily table d'hôte menu or choose à la carte dining.

For a more lively evening, head into the nearby resort centres of Bakau or Kotu. Here you will find a number of small, friendly bars as well as a wide choice of restaurants serving international cuisine.

Getting there and around

Ngala Lodge is located in the Fajara resort area of the Gambia. Situated between the towns of Kotu and Bakau, Fajara is a short car journey away from Banjul International Airport.

The hotel can arrange transport for guests who want to explore the surrounding areas, including other beaches along the Fajara coastline. A mini bus service connects Banjul with other destinations across the Gambia. Hiring a car in the Gambia is generally safe, although most visitors choose to rely on transport arranged by their hotel.

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