3 double guest rooms bookable as Lodge 1, 2 or 3
Belle Afrique is a small owner run guest house offering 3 well appointed spacious double rooms. You can book the other 2 rooms by going to Belle Afrique, Gambia, Lodge 2 and/or 3.
Each room has its own private veranda with mosaic tiled floor and cushioned sitting area. Sheets and mosquito nets are provided.There are 2 Western style toilets and shower rooms plus a communal kitchen area with cooking facilities available to all.
Belle Afrique is a beautiful, leafy, secluded compound (walled area) situated in a peaceful, friendly neighbourhood. Cool and shaded with mango, cashew, banana, coco, bougainvillea, frangipani and flowering trees.Perfect for those who do not like the razzmatazz of touristy areas and want to experience the real Africa.
It is a 20 min walk to the nearest beach and a 10 minute walk to shops and other amenities such as restaurants, internet centres, banks etc.
Gambia is perfect for getting around on bikes and they are available for hire. Public transport and taxis are easily available. It's a 40 min taxi ride from the main ( Banjul) airport to the Belle Afrique compound and I normally meet all guests there.
Close at hand you can visit the monkey park or the crocodile centre. Gambia is a bird lover's paradise so you may want to spend time at some of the notable bird watching reserves,For the full African immersion shop in nearby Serrekunda market or you can catch a local bus or taxi to Senegambia, the heart of tourist Gambia, for restaurants, clubs and bars. Music abounds with both traditional drummers and dancers, reggae bands and many other genres
Further afield you can visit the gorgeous, mostly deserted southern beaches, the exotic Jinak Island or the ancient Wassu stone circle. Gambia is also a convenient jumping off point for trips to Senegal and further afield.
I interact with my guests as much or as little as they want or require. I always try to be helpful as I have a great deal of knowledge about the Gambia both local and further afield. Most first time guests appreciate being supported when they first arrive until they have built up confidence in getting around.
Tea and coffee is freely available to guests. Breakfast, lunch or an evening meal can also be provided if requested. Price by negotiation.
Should you wish to take classes in traditional African arts such as dance or drum. this can be arranged with competent, reputable teachers.
The compound has electricity with lights and sockets in each room. Drinking water is also on tap.
The best time to visit is between November and April both in terms of the climate and the cheapest available flights.I am also there myself at that time and can help to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.Guests are discouraged to stay outside of these months especially during the raining season July - October as the surrounding area is prone to considerable flooding.
Be free, enjoy and don't be shy to ask questions or for advice
I am mad about Africa especially the music, the exuberance of the people and the loveliness of the children.I have been slowly building up my compound in Gambia since 2003.I am usually occupying the main house from November to April and two young African friends live in the compound permanently to look after the place. Along with myself, we will ensure you are comfortable and not at a loss for anything.I provide breakfast (£2.50) and or lunch/dinner (£4.50) if required. Vegans and vegetarians catered for.
I am a voracious reader and a lover of the theatre, films, music and art. I have traveled extensively myself. I run a charity -Kotu Kids- helping vulnerable families in a nearby area.