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“fabulous location, great food - for adventurous types :-)”
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Boboi Beach Lodge
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“fabulous location, great food - for adventurous types :-)”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

An excellent location, with really good fishing and bird watching available locally in Khatong, on the River @ the border with Senegal.

Beach is outstanding, and service and food were much better than we expected. We have stopped here for drinks several times on previous trips, but never stayed. The accommodation, is very good - considering you really are in the middle of knowhere - showers and toilets en suite, and mosquito nets. The beach is deserted, but really clean and welcoming too. At our cost, we got them to organise drummers and dancers - best entertainment we had in The Gambia - and cost us less than £20!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I'm only writing this review to try to give a balanced opinion of Boboi Lodge.
The positives: the staff are lovely people and the food is good. Boating excursions were ready on time and worked well. The beach is superb and the swimming seemed safer here than elsewhere in Gambia, though please always pay attention to currents and dont go in too far. There are wetlands just to the south of the hotel where birdlife can be easily observed.
The negatives: allegedly the British owner, in a moment of frustration with the Gambian authorities, damaged parts of the Lodge before returning to the UK. I heard this after my stay at Boboi from three different sources, none of them connected with Boboi. This is still only hearsay but would partly explain the run-down state of part of the Boboi site. During our stay construction work was taking place presumably to remedy the damage by building new huts.
The "luxury tree house" is certainly not luxury. It is an interesting experience since you sleep in an upstairs room that is open to the elements and to the noise of the nearby sea. There is a mosquito net. The bathroom is on the ground floor and consists of a toilet and a shower. There is no washbasin. The water does not drain properly so after a shower water will sit stagnant for some hours. There is weak electric light in the tree house but take a torch as you may have to negotiate the stairs in the dark (also finding stuff in the suitcase required torchlight). Beware of rusty nail or screw heads sticking out, like on the handrail at the bottom of the stairs or at the foot of the bed. There is no real pathway to the tree house, so here as well you need a torch.
The beach facilities are not really useable: old or broken. The beach houses in which you may shelter from the sun, are close to dog excrement.
However, the beach is large and washed by the tide, it is almost empty and you can walk for miles and be approached only a few times. The wooded area with large ponds just south of Boboi also gives some strolling opportunities. The trips on the river were gorgeous. If you go upstream you don't see another tourist. Downstream the estuary is huge sky and wonderful light.
After an initial struggle following the alleged departure of the British owner, I just hope that the manager will be able to sort the site out. This place because of its geographical position could be wonderful. As mentioned above, the staff are nice and the food good and copious. It just needs improvement in the "bathroom" facilities (proper drainage of shower water, a washbasin and a floorbrush so visitors can at least get the dust off the floor) put something in the bedroom so that one doesn't have to live ouit of a suitcase, finish the paving so that there is a path from restaurant to tree house,and the accomodation would stop looking abandoned and be more welcoming.
I don't regret us staying there (though the first night was a bit of a shock!) and would gladly return if the above improvements were made. I've put up a few photos to support this post.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

I'm torn - on the one hand I want to keep this place a secret for myself - but I also want the place to do well. The key here is the staff, they are truly friendly without being pushy, laid back and just overall good folk. The food was the best I tasted in the country. The atmosphere of the place is super relaxed and when I left to go to another (pre-booked/paid) lodge - I cut my stay short and returned to finish my holiday here. There were a few other people there who had done the exact same.

There is something magical about this part of the country - away from all the horrid bumsters and schemers of the city - the air is lovely, the country beautiful and...I'll be back

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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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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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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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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