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Bakotu Hotel

Bakotu Hotel

Bakotu Hotel Overview

Bakotu is a delightful, family-run small hotel which is particularly popular with ornithologists and nature lovers.

 


Our Expert Opinion

"A birdwatcher's paradise. The hotel is very tranquil, and I loved the viewing platform offering uninterrupted views out to Kotu creek."

- Danielle, Sales

 

What we love

  • The nature walk and bird deck that overlooks Kotu stream.
  • The variety of food and restaurants, from simple Gambian cuisine at Boss Lady, to à la carte dining experiences at Captain’s Table.

Good to know

  • Chris Packham uses the hotel as a base for his birdwatching tours, saying "it’s the perfect place to stay and connect with The Gambia’s wonderful wildlife".

 

Wildlife on your doorstep

Defined by its tranquillity and friendly atmosphere, Bakotu Hotel is a firm favourite, offering a haven in the heart of bustling Kotu. While the hotel is a well-kept secret to many, Chris Packham has certainly discovered the serenity of Bakotu Hotel, and stays here whenever he visits The Gambia.

The emphasis at a Bakotu Hotel is on relaxation, so you won’t find any loud music or organised pool games here. It's set back from Kotu Beach, which is easily accessible, but still enjoys beautiful natural surroundings. At the back of the hotel, a large decked area set beneath towering trees overlooks Kotu Stream, where you can observe vervet monkeys, monitor lizards and over 50 species of bird.

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Guest rooms amongst the gardens

The simply furnished yet comfortable rooms are located in largely single-storey bungalows throughout the tropical gardens. A limited number of standard rooms have air-conditioning which is available at a supplement; these can be booked in advance, exclusively by Gambia Experience guests, to ensure availability.

Dining at Bakotu

Captain's Table, the hotel's à la carte restaurant, enjoys a good reputation for evening food, especially its shrimp specials. There's also a pool bar, plus a second restaurant adding to the increased choice of places to dine in the area. For those booking half board, the package is flexible with the option to dine at Boss Lady, serving Gambian specials, plus a weekly meal at Captain’s Table in addition to the standard buffet dinners.

Explore the local area

Kombo Beach and Bungalow Beach hotels are nearby, plus a couple of further beach bars, and although Kotu is becoming a busier area, it remains quiet in comparison to the nearby resort of Kololi. There’s a small craft market across the road selling traditional handmade souvenirs, which also leads through to the sandy beach.

How about some birdwatching?

Why not book a private day out spotting a host of bird life with our recommended local guide? Find out more about our Birdwatching Holidays.

Official local hotel rating: 1 star (we are confident of our 3 grade rating)

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Reviews of this holiday

Bakotu Hotel by birder.in.the.gambia, 1 Feb 2018
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Stayed at Bakuto Hotel which is ideally situated for easy access to good birdwatching sites. Very easy to pick up one of ... read more

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Bakotu Hotel by birder.in.the.gambia, 1 Feb 2018
Traveller rating:

Stayed at Bakuto Hotel which is ideally situated for easy access to good birdwatching sites. Very easy to pick up one of ... read more