Large bungalow, quiet and lots of space. Lamin was very nice and helpful.
Pity the back up generator was out of order, as the electricity in Gambia breaks down all the time.
The bathrooms need renewal, and mosquitonets would be very useful.
A lovely spacious bungalow with a delightfully faded colonial feel, perfectly positioned in Cape Point Village. The location is extremely quiet (you’ll rarely hear a car go by) and has everything you need for a week or two’s stay. The good sandy beach with one of Gambia’s best (and most expensive) beach bars is literally 2 minutes walk away. There are plenty of restaurants in Cape Point, mostly serving the usual overpriced mediocre tourist fare, but there are a few good ones, I’d recommend Gambian-owned Rising Sun, and Bella’s Hungarian, both just a couple of minutes walk away. And if you’re prepared to walk for 10 minutes towards Bakau, you’ll find the more African experience and lower prices of Saffie J. I particularly enjoy buying genuine home-cooked local takeaway (from women with tiny stalls, one opposite Rising Sun and another on the main road to Bakau, near the Botanical Garden). Big plates of rice and sauce are sold for few pence from around 14.00 until the food runs out. Take your own bowl to collect it (provided in the bungalow) and heat it up in the microwave for the best food experience you’ll find in The Gambia.
The house is well-equipped with a nice big TV with English channels and its own generator, which means you’ll never be without power. I had extreme temperatures of 41C/106F, while I was staying but the interior never got too hot. The veranda is particularly delightful with views of the strip of greenery which runs between you and the beach. Beautiful birds are everywhere in Gambia and this is a great place to watch them. You can also sunbathe on loungers provided in the very private grounds. All this for the price of a low-end hotel room!
The downside – there isn’t much. Mosquitoes enjoy this rural setting as much as you will, biting on the veranda at any time of day or night, so use protection. This isn’t the best place for self-catering. Cooking facilities are just a (very efficient) microwave and two (slightly temperamental) gas-rings and the nearest supermarket (with no fresh meat or veg) is a fair walk away in Bakau Village. Fresh goods have to be bargained for in the market. The local “support” guy, is fairly useless, doesn’t answer his phone and has no sense of time so if you do manage to contact him, he’ll turn up hours late or not at all. An email to the owner sorts most of your problems quickly though.
My tip: sit on the veranda at night, turn off all the lights, pour a cold beer from the fridge, and watch for the gorgeous fireflies, flitting like Disney fairies among the trees opposite. And while the lights are out, don’t forget to check for the tiny super-bright wingless females who sometimes crawl around the garden and may even come up on the veranda to see you.
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We know this area well and although when we booked we weren't exactly sure which house it was, we couldn't have been happier with the location, just a stone's throw from the beach, beach bars and the hub of Cape Point.
The house itself is very roomy, with large open-plan living space with TV and wifi and a safe. The large kitchen has a fridge, a freezer, a gas hob and microwave. The bedroom we used had an en-suite with shower over the bath and two huge wardrobes with more than enough hanging space and large chest of drawers.
The veranda is a lovely place to sit to watch and listen to the birds and look at the trees/small amount of bush, which is all that's between you and the sea. We saw a monkey strolling up the garden one day!
A maid comes in for a couple of hours every day and towels are provided.
This was truly great place to stay for a good price and I would thoroughly recommend it.