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The roundhouses and gardens

Lodge | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 18

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

Phoenix Lodge is now under NEW OWNERSHIP as OASIS LODGE. Please visit the new website at

Phoenix Lodge is the place with space, both in our grounds and our accommodation. Phoenix 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..

Phoenix is a fabulous, unique and impressive self-catering lodge in Bijilo village, Gambia, Africa.

Fully Registered and Licensed with the Gambia Tourist Board and owned and run by a British couple, Terri and Peter, who will meet you at the airport and provide you with complimentary transport to Phoenix 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.

Phoenix Lodge is open all year round and offers simply peaceful, restful, self-catering 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.

Phoenix Lodge is in the village of Bijilo and 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 self catering roundhouses there is a TV with Satellite reception, DVD and CD players with a selection of DVD's and CD's for Guests' use. It is a 10 minute stroll to the main road and a further 5 minutes to Bijilo Beach..

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.

Visit our website at or click 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 five traditionally-styled, two-storey roundhouses, in a typical African design but with European comfort inside and with full, optional, air-conditioning.

Electricity is included in your accommodation but not air conditioning, this is optional and is payable by means of an 'honesty box' system. The charge for air con use is £1 for every two hours and this is per air con unit..

Cooking is by gas and there is no charge for this.

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 roundhouses are set up for self catering. The one and two bed-roomed roundhouses have a sitting room and kitchenette on the ground floor, equipped for two to four people. The kitchenette has a gas hob or cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster and electric and gas kettles. There is an internal staircase leading to one or two en-suite bedrooms, one with twin beds and one with a king sized bed. The roundhouses have a DVD and CD player and a selection of DVD's and CD's as well as books for Guests' use. There is optional air conditioning and these roundhouses are available for short or long-term lets on a self catering basis. Longer term lets of one month or more attract a substantial discount in rental rates.

In one of the roundhouses there are two large and well appointed en-suite guest bedrooms, comprising one twin bedded room (on the first floor) and one king size bedded room.

These take up the entire ground or first floor of a roundhouse, 23 feet (7 meters) in diameter and both have a breakfast bar with fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster and cooker. Additionally, there is a hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, ceiling fans, a safe and optional air conditioning.

The first floor room is reached by an external staircase and both rooms are accessed independently.

Both the guest rooms are furnished to a high standard with custom designed hand-carved beds, wardrobes and side tables. or hand made metal beds, chairs and tables.

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

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

We can accommodate a maximum of 18 people in 9 bedrooms 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 Phoenix Lodge is not really young child friendly although children from 10 or 11 years are very welcome.

There is a covered bar / dining area 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, Binta.

Although Phoenix Lodge offers self catering holidays and does not operate a restaurant, pre-ordered, fresh bread or filled baguettes can be provided each morning should guests require them. There is also a self-service continental style breakfast available each morning, the charge for this is 200 Dalasi per person (about £3-50). There will also occasionally be an African or simple European dish available for dinner, this will be on the Specials Board outside the bar when available. The main kitchen is also available for Guests' use at any time.

There is 24 hour security on site.

The 1 and 2 bed-roomed self-catering roundhouses are only available for stays of a minimum of one week. Substantial discounts for longer-term stays of one month or more.

The Guest bedrooms are available at a weekly or nightly rate, short or long term stays.

All accommodations are allowed use of the main kitchen if required.

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.

Similarly, and without wishing to offend anyone or to take any moral high ground. We wish to advise any prospective Guests who may be considering staying at Phoenix Lodge, that we only accept bookings from couples, friends or family members travelling together, flying together and arriving together at Banjul Airport.

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, 2 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, DVD player, Staffed property
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 8 En suites
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The roundhouses are traditional in design and authentically furnished with custom designed and hand made furniture in wood and metal - beds, wardrobes, cabinets and so on.

The bedrooms and sitting rooms are spacious and comfortable with fans and optional air conditioning.

In the 2 bed-roomed roundhouses, one bedroom has two single beds and one bedroom has a king sized bed. In the one bed-roomed roundhouse there is a large bedroom with king-sized bed. All have a wardrobe and bedside cabinets, all are en-suite.

There is a kitchenette equipped for two or four people with kettle, toaster, microwave, gas hob and fridge freezer. Additionally, use of the main kitchen off the bar area is available for Guests' use.

In another roundhouse are 2 en-suite Guest bedrooms, one upper and one lower. These rooms have either a king size bed (lower) or twin beds (first floor). These rooms also have a breakfast bar with fridge and cooker, tea and coffee making facilities, hair drier, a safe, ceiling fans and optional air conditioning. These rooms are available on a self-catering basis with use of the main kitchen.

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 3000 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 safe, fridge/freezer, cooking facilities, optional air conditioning, ceiling fans, hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets over the bed(s) and to some windows.

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

Phoenix 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 owners, Terri and Peter live in an adjoining compound in their own house. We have our two dogs, Jara and B living with us at Phoenix Lodge. They are very friendly and we do not allow then to disturb our guests nor do we allow them to bark incessantly. However, we like to make our guests aware that the dogs do walk around the compound freely, just in case anyone may be allergic to or frightened of dogs.

All accommodations are self-catering.

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

It is a 10 minute stroll to the main Senegambia 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 or room will be cleaned every day and linen will be changed every three days. Towels will be changed as required - just drop them in the shower cubicle if you would like them replaced. All this at no extra charge.

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

Air conditioning are payable as used by means of an honesty box system. (we know this costs £1 for 2 hours use).

Cooking is by gas and there is no charge for this or for electricity.

Phoenix Lodge operates an 'Honesty Bar' where we have beer, soft drinks, water, local spirits and mixers available. There is a price list for you to pay as you drink.

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.

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Review 1-10 of 10

26 Jan 2014


"A little bit of paradise!!"

Wow, wow wow! Such a wonderful place to stay with the kindest and wonderful hosts Terri & Peter!This was our second visit to the smiling coast, fell in love with the place and people and booked a ret… More

Thank you for your lovely comments and we were so pleased to meet you all and so glad you had such a lovely holiday. I just can't quite understand you using the word 'adorable' where Butch was concerned!!! He has been lying on your roundhouse path waiting for you since you left!! I'll parcel him up shortly!

22 Jan 2014


"A little space for peace and tranquility"

If you want to get away from the hustle of the coastal resorts but within walking distance of the beach then look no further than this superb small lodge. The owners Terri and Peter pull all the stop… More

....and we thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us, thank you for your kind comments. You were the most energetic people we have had stay - you were up and out before anyone else every day - worth it though for all those lovely birds you saw and 'captured' - can't wait to see some of your 'work'.

17 Jan 2014


"Incredible holiday because of our wonderful hosts."

This is not an exaggeration, Terri and Peter might just be the most thoughtful and kind couple we have ever met. Booking our first family holiday in over 10 years was very special (and slightly disorg… More

Well, what can I say? Praise indeed. Thank you for your lovely comments and it was indeed a pleasure and a privilege to meet you and your lovely family. It was wonderful to witness your whole attitude to life, your enjoyment at being together as a family and your impeccable manners!! We will continue to visit Mango and keep you up to date with his progress. Our very best wishes, T and P x

30 Apr 2013


"Wonderful Place - Home from Home"

Having visited The Gambia for over 25 years, staying in hotels, rented accommodation and even having my own house there for 7 years, I was more than pleased to discover Phoenix Lodge where I stayed re… More

Thank you for your lovely appraisal, its lovely of you to leave us a review. I think we possibly enjoyed your stay more - you introduced us to new local restaurants and supplied us with lots of useful phone numbers for local tradesmen - not to mention the massage and pedicures!!! it was lovely to meet you and I really hope we will meet again in the not too distant future.

2 Apr 2013


"Wow what a holiday, FANTASTIC!!!!!!!"

Well what can we say, we arrived 3hrs late, but were greeted at the airport by a lovely couple (Terri & Peter), they couldn't do enough for us and made us feel welcome straight away. We were take… More

Thank you guys for your fabulous (and succinct!) review of Phoenix Lodge. I have to say that you all threw yourselves in to enjoying your holiday 100%. Thank you for coming to the Beach Day and for supporting the children. Thank you also for giving up a day of your holiday to work at Hart House with the disabled children there and for your kind and generous donation. We do hope we all meet again one day. Abdou sends love and hugs and Jara keeps poking her head through your roundhouse door curtains to see if you are there!! Best wishes to you all.

30 Mar 2013


"Paradise in Africa, a real home from home, you have to see it and experience it for yourself , you will not be disappointed!"

My daughter Emily and I were privileged to spend a week at Chez Phoenix Lodge with our wonderful attentive and caring hosts, Peter and Terri, their small team of staff and the very friendly dogs, Jara… More

Thank you for your lovely appraisal and we are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure for us too. You are right about our big dog, Jara, she lay on the pathway to your house for a couple of days after you left, clearly missing you! Looking forward to seeing you again in March.

28 Mar 2013


"Nice lodge with the best hosts ever!"

We have just come home from our stay in the Gambia and we just want to go back! Not only because of the cold weather, but also because of the beautiful place we stayed in.We have been to The Gambia be… More

Thank you two, so much, for your kind appraisal and comments about Phoenix Lodge, we thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us. Thank you also for the wonderful donation of clothes and toys that you brought for distribution to needy children, sacrificing your own luggage to bring it here. We have sorted the toys and clothes into bags and have been giving them out to compounds where they have small children and are very poor. Everyone has been very grateful, so thank you again and we hope that we meet you again one day. Best wishes to you both.

18 Feb 2013


"An oasis in the sun"

Phoenix Lodge in Gambia was a great place to stay for a holiday in Africa. The owners were helpful and generous and hospitable. From start to finish, they offered a peaceful, secure and easy going experience. The property is so lovely with mature fruit trees, many birds flitting about and friendly hardworking staff. The accommodations were typical Gambian roundhouses and were spacious and clean. The bed was really comfortable. Everything you would need to enjoy a relaxing holiday was available. The pool and its surrounds were very nice. It was a treat to come back after a hot day of sight seeing to enjoy a refreshing swim and a cold drink. We felt very lucky to have found such a great holiday place operated by a terrific couple. We would love to return to this haven.

Thank you so much for your lovely, positive comments. It was wonderful to meet you both and I do hope we meet again one day, your 15 night stay flew by so quickly!

17 Feb 2013


"Lovely place, lovely owners and staff"

I think this place was very pleasent to stay, my room was very nice and wide. Also the lodge area was peaceful. Service was good, nothing to complain about. Only thing i hope for next time is mosquito nets to windows!

Thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure to have you stay here. You are quite right about the mosquito nets on the windows, it is something we are very much aware of and we have started addressing the problem. Indeed, some rooms have already been fitted with nets but it has proved to be an extremely difficult process as the windows open outwards and all differ in size. Although, this is why we have big nets over the beds, a fan and air conditioning in the rooms as they all help to deter the 'mozzies'. But, like I said, we are on to it! Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks again. Kind regards, Terri and Peter.

10 Feb 2013


"phoenix lodge is a little oasis in bijilo village"

I spent 4 nights in the phoenix lodge and my holiday couldnt have started out better. Terri and Peter came to pick me up at the airport in the middle of the night and helped me out when the customs of… More

....and you were a pleasure to meet and we enjoyed having you stay with us. Thank you for your comments and we are really pleased you liked Phoenix Lodge. We too hope to see you again one day.

Review 1-10 of 10

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