AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

NEW The Gambia Experience brochure 14/15

1 Jul 2014 - Independent tour operator, The Gambia Experience launches its November 2014 – October 2015 brochure this month.

There are seven new hotels within the new 2014/15 collection, many of which - like most of The Gambia Experience portfolio - lend themselves perfectly to twin or multi-centre trips whereby holidaymakers can combine the best of coast and upriver. The Senegal Experience is once again included within the brochure - presenting the regions of the Sine Saloum Delta and Saly, as well as private tours - which can be booked separately or in conjunction with a Gambia holiday.

Highlights of the new brochure:

New Properties include:
White Horse Residence, Batokunku, The Gambia
The recently opened White Horse Residence in the small coastal village of Batokunku, just south of Brufut is built in the style of a traditional African Lodge and will appeal to couples looking for a peaceful, romantic holiday. The sunsets here are amongst the best in The Gambia and the vast sandy beach is unspoilt and virtually deserted. Prices from £898pp for 7nts (half board) based on two sharing a standard lodge including flights & transfers.

Coconut Residence, Kololi, The Gambia
The Gambia Experience is pleased to announce the return of Coconut Residence to its Luxury Collection, which is now under new ownership. This boutique hotel, with its colonial presence and understated elegance, is set to once again become a customer favourite. Prices from £1047pp for 7nts (bed & breakfast) based on two sharing a junior suite including flights & transfers, with a free upgrade to a deluxe suite if booking by 31 July 2014.

Fathala Wildlife Reserve, Karang, Senegal
New to the Unique Collection this winter is the 2,000 hectare Fathala Wildlife Reserve, located near the border between The Gambia and Senegal. Staying in luxury safari tents guests can immerse themselves in West Africa past, where animals such as rhino, giraffe, buffalo and giant derby eland all roamed free. Fathala Wildlife Reserve works perfectly as an add-on stay to a Gambia holiday. Prices from £499pp (bed & breakfast) for a 3 night stay excluding flights.

Lemon Creek Hotel, Bijilo, The Gambia
This well-established, simple beachfront hotel in Bijilo has a recognised commitment to sustainable tourism. Its seaside location is complemented by spacious tranquil gardens and its restaurant serves good home-grown food. Prices from £647pp for 7nts (bed & breakfast) based on two sharing a standard room including flights & transfers.

Tanji Bird Reserve Eco Lodge, Tanji, The Gambia
Set in the heart of Tanji Bird Reserve, and bordering the coast, the four newly built lodges housing a total of eight rooms at Tanji Eco-Lodge look out to a deserted beach, blend seamlessly into the landscape, and with their plethora of woodland and savannah birdlife will have a particular allure for birdwatching enthusiasts. Prices from £99pp (bed & breakfast) for a 3 night stay excluding flights.

Award-winning Ngala Lodge adds six new Suites
The award-winning Ngala Lodge, featured exclusively in The Gambia Experience Luxury Collection, is to add six new 'Macondo Suites', complete with large balconies and sea views and three with private plunge pools, plus an additional infinity pool by November 2014. With a Feefo customer feedback rating of 100%, the increased capacity at this boutique hotel should be well received by The Gambia Experience holidaymakers. Prices from £1055pp for 7nts (bed & breakfast) based on two sharing including flights & transfers.

Chris Packham Birdwatching Tours: 2015 dates announced
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham is once again to lead Birdwatching Tours for The Gambia Experience. The confirmed dates for next year are 20, 24 and 27 February 2015 with two tours based in Kotu at the charming Bakotu Hotel and one at Mandina Lodges. With numbers limited this is a great opportunity to share in Chris' knowledge of wildlife, photography and The Gambia.

Flights to The Gambia
The Gambia Experience is pleased to announce that it will once again be able to offer its Premium Class flight service from London Gatwick - Banjul with Monarch now available throughout the forthcoming winter season (Fridays from 7 November 2014 – 17 April 2015). Set to operate aboard an A330 aircraft, the enhanced features of this Premium flying available from £299pp return, an exclusive selling point of The Gambia Experience charter, can be viewed via the above link.

The Gambia Experience is the only UK tour operator to operate flights to The Gambia year-round. In addition to its Friday Monarch service, the specialist also charters Tuesday London Gatwick departures throughout the winter. Holiday packages with regional departures from Manchester or Birmingham can be quoted, subject to availability.

Early Booking Offers: Book by 31 July 2014 and save up to £266pp
The Gambia Experience is offering a selection of Early Booking Offers for travel this winter (2014/15), valid if booked by 31 July 2014. These include savings of up to £266pp on suite upgrades at the luxury Coconut Residence and Ngala Lodge, as well as savings of up to £150pp on 14 night holidays at the all-inclusive Sheraton Gambia Hotel. The Senegal Experience Early Booking Offers include £100pp savings on 14 night holidays at the luxury Lamantin Beach Hotel in Saly and the Royal Decameron Baobab Resort on La Somone.
See above link for more details and conditions.

This season (2014/15) 7 night holidays in The Gambia start from £599 per person and from £862 per person to stay at a Luxury Collection property. In Senegal, 7 night holidays start from £899 per person. These are package prices and include flights, taxes and airport transfers.

For more information on holidays to The Gambia and Senegal, visit the new-look, mobile and tablet friendly The Gambia Experience website where the brochure can also be viewed virtually
Alternatively call The Gambia Experience Reservations Department on 0845 330 2087 or The Senegal Experience Reservations Department on 0845 338 8706.

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