Lodge | 20 bedrooms | sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Phoenix Riverside Lodge is the place with space, both in our grounds and our accommodation. Riverside is a small, private and friendly place to stay. We would love to welcome you here, come soon - you will love it and never regret your decision to come here..

Riverside is a fabulous, unique and impressive lodge in The Gambia, Africa. Nestling beside a tranquil river 1.5 Km inland from the village of Tanjeh in a small hamlet called Majeta.

Fully Registered and Licensed with the Gambia Tourist Board and under the direction of a British couple, Terri and Peter, who will arrange for you to be met at the airport and provide you with complimentary transport to Riverside Lodge. They will also give you a very warm welcome, a complimentary welcome drink and strive to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Riverside is open all year round and offers simply peaceful, restful, holidays in lovely surroundings. We intend to add our own tours to local attractions plus creek fishing in due course but until then, these can still be arranged if required as can specialist birding tours.

Riverside is located close to the sandy beaches and not far from the tourist areas of Senegambia yet far enough away so that there are no 'bumsters' outside our gates and you won't be bothered by late night discos around the pool. We prefer to offer peace and quiet relaxation. There are plenty of books to read and board games and cards. Additionally, in the Deluxe Guest bedroom roundhouses there is a TV with Satellite reception, It is a 15 minute donkey cart ride or a 5 minute river ferry ride to the Beach, both of these modes of transport are provided free of charge.

A short (and preferential rate) taxi ride will take you to the main Senegambia Strip or to The Turntable where there are many bars and restaurants. There are also currency exchange offices everywhere, although we will give you comparable rates in our reception..

Visit our website by clicking on the link on the 'contact' page.

Wi-fi is available free of charge.

The accommodation, which is particularly spacious and well appointed, consists of twenty traditionally-styled, roundhouses, in a typical African design but with European comfort inside and the deluxe rooms have air-conditioning and flat screen TV's.

Electricity is included in your accommodation

There is emergency lighting in each roundhouse for times when the Gambian Electricity cuts out and before our generator starts up. We run the generator whenever the power is off causing a minimum of inconvenience to our guests. However, generators can be noisy so ours is switched off between midnight and 8am to prevent any sleeping problems.,

All of our Guest bedroom roundhouses are en-suite with twin beds or a king sized bed. The roundhouses have a selection of books for Guests' use. There is air conditioning in the deluxe rooms and these roundhouses are available for short or long-term lets. Longer term lets of one month or more attract a substantial discount in rental rates.

Each bedroom is equipped with mosquito nets over the beds and to all windows.

The roundhouses are set in spacious, landscaped gardens with many trees (and therefore birds), giving an air of peace and tranquility.

We can accommodate a maximum of 35 people so it is never crowded here. We have times when the whole Lodge has been booked to accommodate either an extended family group or a group of Wedding Guests attending a Wedding locally. We offer a substantial discount in these cases.

No Single Supplement

Regrettably, we feel that Riverside is not really young child friendly although children from 10 or 11 years are very welcome.

There is a bantaba bar / restaurant overlooking the beautiful botanical landscaped gardens with a wide variety of fruit trees, plants, flowers and birds.

A laundry service (washing and ironing) is available for a small charge by our housekeeper.

Phoenix Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation with the convenience of a restaurant and bar which are open all day.

There is 24 hour security on site.

Booking Conditions:

Phoenix Lodge and its facilities are exclusively for our guests' enjoyment. We, therefore, operate a 'Residents Only' policy to safeguard the security and privacy of our guests. We are a small, private Lodge and we prefer that our guests are not made to feel uncomfortable or insecure at any time during their stay and our Security Staff are instructed in this respect.

Please visit our website which can be accessed via the Contact page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix Lodge where you will enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Book now, you won't regret it.

Size Sleeps up to 18, 20 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bijilo 1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Banjul 40 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available
General Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Hair dryer
Utilities Fridge
Rooms 20 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms of which 20 En suites
Furniture Single beds (5), Dining seats for 35, Lounge seats for 35
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

All our roundhouses are currently (July 2014) undergoing complete renovation so Riverside will not be open to Guests until mid-January 2015. If we find that this date can be brought forward as work progresses, then watch this space for an earlier opening date.

Further details outdoors

There is a pool and lush, tropical gardens to relax in, even a hammock under the trees for real relaxation.

The compound is 6000 square meters in size and there is 24 hour security.

All our accommodations are extremely spacious, very well appointed, with quality, European comforts as standard.

All our accommodations have fans, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets over the bed(s) and to the windows.

Our deluxe roundhouses also have air conditioning, hair dryer, fridge and personal sun beds and outdoor furniture.

Peace and tranquility are our by-words at Phoenix Riverside Lodge.

Phoenix Riverside Lodge has a Generator for when the Gambian Electricity cuts out. We also have our own bore hole for water.

Fully Registered and Licensed with the Gambia Tourist Board.

Daily cleaning of your accommodation is included in our prices.

Further details

The directors, Terri and Peter live in an adjoining compound in their own house. We have our five dogs, Jara, B, Butch, Bruce and Molly living with us plus our cat, Kitty. They are very friendly and we do not allow then to disturb our guests nor do we allow the dogs to bark incessantly.

All accommodations are bed and breakfast inclusive with restaurant and bar facilities always available

Smoking is not allowed in the roundhouses but guests are welcome to smoke outside.

The site is very safe and secure and in a very friendly village.

Phoenix Riverside Lodge has its own Generator and Bore Hole so Electricity and water are always available.

It is a 15 minute stroll to the main Tanjeh (Tanji) Highway and a further 5 minutes to the beach (or a 3 minute drive).

Beds will be made up ready for your arrival.

Your roundhouse room will be cleaned every day and linen and towels, in accordance with our 'Green' Policy, will be changed at Guests' request - just drop the towels on the bathroom floor or in the shower cubicle and leave the 'change bedding' notice on the bed if you would like replacement towels and bedding. All this at no extra charge.

We do feel that Phoenix Riverside Lodge is not suitable for very young children although from 10 or 11 upwards, they are very welcome.

Air conditioning is included in our deluxe rooms.

There is no charge for electricity.

Phoenix Riverside Lodge operates a Restaurant and Bar' which are open all day for snacks, meals, beer, soft drinks, water, local spirits and mixers.

Free Airport Transfers for stays of one week or longer, one return transfer per booking, otherwise the cost is 400 Dalasi each way.

Wi-fi available free of charge.

The Banjul Region

The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest nations. and at 11,000 square kilometers, is just over half the size of Wales.

It has unique qualities over many other destinations. It is only 6 hours flying time from major, European countries, there is no jet lag and it is a popular and affordable winter holiday destination attracting tourists in search of sun and cultural experience, of which this unique country has plenty.

The shape of the Country is long and thin, pointing like a finger into the continent and following the course of the River Gambia from which the country took it's name. Unlike many African countries it is quite safe to go out alone and explore all this wonderful country has to offer. Nothing is rushed here - life moves at a slower pace and The Gambia has its own GMT - Gambia Maybe Time!

You are guaranteed to meet some of the friendliest people found anywhere on the African continent. that is why The Gambia is known as the smiling coast. The Gambia is generally recognised as having one of the most agreeable climates in Africa - sub tropical, with dry and rainy seasons. Expect hours of glorious uninterrupted sunshine between the months of October and June when the daytime temperature can climb over 40 degrees C, with the coastal aresa slightly cooler as the Atlantic breeze gently lowers the temperatures. However, the average temperature is usually in the region of 31-32 C all year round. The rainy season lasts from July to September although most days will have sunny spells. The temperature is very slightly warmer during the dry season.

Kerr Serign


Capital of Gambia. Hub of the commercial industry, Port of commercial shipping, ferry terminal to cross to Senegal, all major head quarters, and home of state house, presidential and government offices.

Again a thriving fishing port and centre of all activities for the everyday working Gambian. Famous for its colourful streets and bustling businesses. Head offices of all major banking sectors.

Kanifing / Serrekunda

These areas are particular to the materials sector of business here in The Gambia, also home to the Famous Banjul Brewery, Julbrew. Every construction or mechanical need can be found in these areas.


The Beautiful area of kotu boasts stretches of unspolt beaches and is situated in a up and coming tourist area, new hotels and business are being introduced every day, already home to some wonderful beachside hotels, Kombo Beach hotel to name but 1.

Kololi, Bijilo, Kerr Sering

Kololi is is the centre of the tourism sector, with easy access to stretches of beachside hotels and a section called Senegambia. There are two casinos on the strip not to mention a whole host of bars and clubs - all of which throb into the early hours. The strip also boasts banks & exchange bureaus, internet cafes and shops. It is generally fairly relaxed in the day and really comes into its own during the evening and night.the heart of nightlife for holiday makers, within 15 mins walk from this area are Kerr Sering and BIJILO, The beauty of Bijilo is there is very little here! Situated about five minutes south of Kololi, there are no restaurants or nightclubs to disturb the peace, just a couple of beach bars on a long stretch of beach with very few people on it. Lots of private homes are built in these areas.

Following the main highway will take you towards Brufut passing residential areas such as , Brusubi, Tranquil, Brufut, Tangi, Batokunku, Sanyang and Kartong out towards the Senegal border.

All of the above named have peaceful and beautiful unspoilt beaches, with access to amenities but far enough away for that non tourist feeling.


Kartong is one of the oldest and unspoilt coastal villages at the southern most tip of the Kombo Coastal Road. Set very close to the Senegalese border it homes the only sand mine in Gambia plus a fishing centre.

Kartong, however, is possibly better known for its festival usually held in March hosting the very best of music and dance in West Africa.


Bakau is a bustling town with a maze of small dirt roads and is an ideal area to experience the real Gambia.

Bakau can be a bit overwhelming if you've not travelled in Africa before - but it's so alive and so full of colour and life it'd be a real shame to miss out. We advise either hooking up with a few other people who want to visit, or finding yourself a friendly taxi driver to help you out.

There are a few excellent restaurants serving traditional Gambian dishes along with banks, supermarkets, post office and the popular Kachikally crocodile pool. There is a very good craft market and local fruit and vegetable market along with the famous fish market which is a sight (and smell) to behold.