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“great location and concept”
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Boboi Beach Lodge
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“great location and concept”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Fantastic concept and location, no doubt about that. You are located right on the beach and you can fall asleep to the sounds of the waves. Bliss. On the beach, if you are lucky, you will meet a cow or two. Except for that, you are on your own. I loved it. Price wise, tree houses (very basic yet charming) are well priced wile the huts are slightly overpriced for what they offer. It is sadly quite typical for the Gambia. The lodge is surrounded by a few quite similar lodges which I am intending to try out next time. The food is good except for the breakfast. Yes, it is very basic but I was glad to have this option. Other food is slightly overpriced for the Gambian standards but still cheap(ish) for Westerners.
My main problem with the place was that it felt a bit neglected. Various members of staff (or visitors?) strolled around, no one really introduced themselves or offered any advice or trips (as the website suggests). There was also no place to relax and sit down outside your hut. There were only two tables occupied constantly by the same people so I had no chance to sit down anywhere and relax. You can do so on the beach, but it was not easy to convince the staff to get me the sunbeds (i.e. old mattresses) . Finally, there is no security whatsoever. Anyone can enter the site and the tree houses do not even have any doors. Luckily Gambia is a safe country but still, a point worth making.
All in all, fabulous idea and location. It just needs a bit of work/tlc to become very good or even exceptional.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week over the New Year in one of the basic tree houses. Don't expect the Ritz but more than you'll need to get your fix of romantic/relaxing/simple life recouperation. Staff were very friendly, interesting and helpful. Food was good enough too. Drinks well priced. And the location, just feet from the most beautiful beach I have ever been on, was fantastic! Transfers and trips easy to organise. Will definitely be returning this year!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Stayed in boboi beach lodge in January this year, the staff were really friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious, and the menu had a very good choice.
The best part about boboi was the location, right next to a deserted sandy beach, no one in sight except cows, and juice bars.
The rooms were nice, we stayed in a room near to the bar, which had its own shower and toilet although there are other rooms and treehouses available for cheaper which use shared facilities.
The only small issue there was sleeping the first night as there mice scurrying around on the top of the corrugated roof in the thatch layer on it, this is louder than you would think and is a little bit worrying when you don't know what the noise is, it wasn't a problem tho, and the next night we slept fine.
Overall I would say this place is definitely worth visiting, if you are going to The Gambia.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

We spent 3 nights at Boboi after an exciting trip upriver. The Location is unbeatable - 5 steps from an abandoned beach. The only thing that might disturb you while relacing at the beach are the occasional and inevitable juice bars, but absolutely hassle-free.
Accomodation however is average. We booked a beach side bungalow with breakfast for 2500 Dalasis per night for two persons - which is the most expensive kind of room they offer. There are 3 Rooms in a block. Though our room was spacious, the only furniture was a bed and a small wardrobe. Due to some kind of hole in the roof, the wind blew a lot of dried leaves in our room. Soon the floor was very dirty. That was disturbing, as there was no housekeeping.

Breakfast is very very basic. You get some slices of baguette, a piece of papaya, a small banana, butter, jam and coffee or tea. In our case, the butter smelled very strange (we got the same untouched piece every morning!) and we did not dare touch it. For an extra egg they charge you 150 Dalasi, which is in no relation at all to the size of an egg... For the same price you get a rather big and tasty sandwich.

Staff was very friendly and helpful. On the day of our check out they let us stay in our room until the afternoon because we had a late flight.

If going back, I would definitely not book the "expensive" beach side bungalow again, but chose a cheaper option.

Things to do in the surroundings:
- take a walk on the beach to the fishing center and watch the fishermen selling their catch (walking time: 1,5 hours one way)

- visit the Reptile farm (10 minutes by bike), learn about different snaked and lizards of the Gambia and meet Stefano, the 42 year old rat eating turtoise.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

We just spent 4 nights at Boboi Beach Lodge near Kartong after a busier expereince in Fajara. Boboi has all the elements of a perfect holiday...relaxing, chilled out, not pretentious, good food (local and western), great staff and manager, friendly atmosphere and good prices. The beach was toally hassle free with long walks and great views and amazing sunsets. We especially loved our treehouse...the sea breeze, the openness, the childhood dream and the cold bucket showers...all added up to the perfect place to end a memorable drive through Africa to the Gambia...

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

The pick up from the airport went smoothly and we were soon in our chalet and then straight to the beach which was deserted. We read and slept and chatted- it was very relaxing. We walked into the village a few times and along the beach both ways. My husband went bird watching which was great - loads of exotic birds and an interesting insight into life in The Gambia. Rory and Maddi were really friendly and helpful. New Year's Eve was great with a fire, drumming, dancing, fireworks and a dip in the sea at midnight. Our total bill for drinks and meals for the whole week for two of us came to £100- great value. Hot water/ warm water by solar heating would have made a big difference and a few more basics such as a shelf in the bathroom or a broom for sweeping the room would have been nice.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

Location is right on the beach - just couldn't be better. Accommodation is a mixture of round huts, tree lodges, and a chalet block of three rooms set among palms and trees so plenty of shade. Initial impression is that the site is rather neglected and scruffy with rubble and half dead plant debris everywhere. It wouldn't take much effort or investment to smarten the place up but then again maybe that's part of the charm of the place and it was very cheap. Prices range per night per room from D600 for a treehouse to D2500 for a chalet room but as we stayed for two weeks they did us a very good deal which made it much cheaper - full price is over-priced IMO. Prices vary according to whether you have an en suite in your room or not but be aware that, even in the chalet it was just an area screened off by a wall and a curtain. The deluxe treehouse had a toilet underneath which means you have to negotiate the steps in the pitch dark in the night, treading on the odd toad! (At least it wasn't a snake - I did see one on my last day there but it was more scared than I was!). We stayed in the chalet - a large, cool, clean room with a good double bed, mosquito net and wardrobe - beautiful tie die curtains. No other furniture but it is easy to 'borrow' stuff that is around. From the room was the most amazing view of the beach and sea through the picture window - so what if there was no electricity (dim solar light only in room) or hot water and barely any room service to speak of - think of it as camping and just ask if you need clean sheets/towels etc. I did write 'clean me' on the picture window but ended up cleaning it and the mirrors myself! There are also fairly good communal toilets and washing area so you can wash out clothes. The food is very good - top marks to the chef - good solid gambian fare - chicken or fish, rice or chips with different sauces - yassa, domada, benechin etc - all delicious. Can also get omelettes, spaghetti etc for a change. It's just one dish of food (no starters or puddings) but large helpings - I often couldn't finish it. Drinks - Julbrew, some soft drinks and spirits. Water is expensive D50. Wine is rubbish. I liked the simple breakfasts - french baton with jam, peanut butter and honey - plate of mixed fruit. Tea and coffee - drink it black if you don't like tinned milk. Beach is beautiful and deserted for miles in all directions apart from the odd juice bar which we did use. Bumsters not too aggressive and will leave you alone if you are firm with them. Waves were quite rough and Boboi did NOT have any body/boogie boards which p***** me off as I had mentioned these in my booking e-mail to David as being important. Apparently they were all broken. When?? Last season?? Get some more then! I was more annoyed when we visited our old lodge, Footsteps near Gunjur and yes they had body boards despite being 30 mins from the sea rather than 30 secs. Beach area was also scruffy with two bed bases acting as sun loungers - no sun mattresses apart from an old foam mattress that was disintegrating and looked disgusting - but an old bed mattress was produced for me to lie on! We hired bikes and cycled around visiting the reptile farm, Kartong, Colin's Bird Observatory, Hannie's art gallery, the river, Gunjur etc. There's plenty to keep you busy in the day and just walking along the beach is wonderful - Halahin lodge and Sandele lodge are close enough to visit regularly on foot. No night life - but Rory organised some drumming & dancing one night and there are really interesting guests and ex-pats to chat to - lots of back-packers, peace corps volunteers etc. Overall an amazing place to chillax and forget about the busy world of work for a fortnight.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Boboi Beach Lodge
Address: Kololi, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kololi
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Ranked #8 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Kololi
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Number of rooms: 22
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