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visited this place a few times for drinks and meetings and always liked the location and views. I tried their restaurant a two times and on both occasions it was a disaster. The pizza is the worst I ever had and ordered fired noodles the...More
The beach is great, but the room is sub standard: there is hardly any water coming out of the tap and shower. Sometimes there is no water even. Moreover, there are at least 3 power outages a day that add up to 3-6 hours.
We began our holiday here and stayed for 2 nights, A lovely beachside location, although a slight shame that there was so much litter on the beach. The hammocks looking out into the sea were great.
This is a good location for things like Serekunda...More
My friends and I stayed at Leybato for two nights during a week-long vacation in Banjul.
Pros: good food, location (the beach is gorgeous!), hammocks
Cons: Service was ok at best. Got cold, confused stares when we showed up because the guy responsible for our...More
Lets be clear, the worst things about Leybato are the tardiness of the food service and the occasional grumpy staff member.
Gambia is not exactly noted for its speedy service. Grumpy staff however on the smiling coast is a no no.
Leybato makes up for...More
I haven't been the whole way but I can in part answer your question. It looks on paper to be close and short (just 30 something k but don't be deceived it will take up to several hours. This is because a) you have to cross... More
I haven't been the whole way but I can in part answer your question. It looks on paper to be close and short (just 30 something k but don't be deceived it will take up to several hours. This is because a) you have to cross the river. Ferry crossings can involve long waits. There is a new ferry now so if you go on that it is mean't be alot safer, but may require a long wait. b) roads will take longer to drive on. c) you have to cross the border. The Gambian Senegal border is by all accounts easier than many and I havent crossed at that point and not at all for a long time, but it is a border and always adds uncertainty to your travel plans. In short if you want to go to the game park then I would recommend either going with an organised group (when they do the logistics for you, but will cost more and may be not what you want to do) or staying somewhere North of the river for a a couple of nights (we used the Bradt guide and found it brilliant so perhaps look on there to see recommendations of accomodation near Barra/ Fass, perhaps taking in the Nuimi national park area too while you do). Leybatto is well located for Banjul, Serekunda Bakau and traveling a little inland too. For example Tumani Tenda (not to be confused with Tendaba) the stunning little remote eco village is 2 hours away and is a great pl;ace to stay for a couple of nights too.