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Environment

The Ecolodge development was undertaken to help the indigenous people of The Gambia and ensure that no toxic fumes or waste would be produced, in fact all water and waste is recycled without polluting the soil or the atmosphere.

Solar power: We are committed to reducing the amount of fossil fuel required to run it's services and amenities because fossil fuels pump damaging gases into the atmosphere.

These waste gases heat up the Earth like a greenhouse, causing global warming, the resultant rising temperature's, melting ice caps and rising sea levels cause climate change.

Permaculture landscaping: "Permaculture, originally 'Permanent Agriculture', tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimise environmental impact at the same time. We can live in a more natural and environmentally friendly way and significantly improve our quality of life. By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources - food, energy, shelter and other material needs, it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and generations to come.

Greywater filtration: Water is a precious commodity. One solution to water shortage is to use some of your household water twice. The greywater from sinks, bathtubs and clothes washes, can be put to use in the landscape, to provide nutrients for fruit and vegetables.

Community

Footsteps began as a concept following a vacation to The Gambia in November 1999. The founder , David White wanted to create a business which benefitted the local people while giving its visitors an authentic experience.
The lodge offers intelligently designed self cooling rooms, superb locally grown and sourced food all cooked in an open view kitchen and a selection of free and paid activities all centred around the local community . The lodge is located on Gambia's South Bank, in the bush and by the beach it's a short 25 minute walk away from un spoilt deserted golden sandy beaches. Perfect for walking , exploring, birding and photography it also has wonderful historic significance such as 'Roots', a journey back in time to the days of slave trading.

Reviews of Gambia vacation accommodation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2013 by

A most relaxing, refreshing break and a perfect destination for some winter sunshine! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2013 by

The most memorable part was walking up the path and entering the lodge...the lovely flowers surrounding the gate, the relaxing seated area, the birds singing - it reduced me to tears of happiness. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2011 by

The most memorable part...The fabulous fresh water pool at the Lodge that attracted many amazing birds plus the wonderful dawn chorus of birds every morning. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2011 by

Traveling in a dug out canoe on the river between The Gambia and Senegal amongst the mangroves and seeing so much bird life was the most exciting part. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2009 by

For a relaxed vacation with a short (half hour) walk to a beautiful deserted beach, with a very local village nearby and very welcoming owners, you could not beat it. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2009 by

Most memorable were listening to a local choir sing on Christmas Eve. Being welcomed by the owners who are committed to their project! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2009 by

This was a very relaxing and laid back environment just right for our family reunion. But laid back didn't mean disorganised. Rooms and public areas were cleaned daily as was the freshwater pool (how the frogs and swallows loved that pool!). Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2008 by

This is in a beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the package tour vacations - you really know you are in Africa - not just another same old vacation resort. The staff were absolutely wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2008 by

We went to do nothing and were allowed to do just that, although a couple of trips proved too tempting to miss. The food is excellent and always fresh and grown or sourced locally. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2008 by

Excellent insight into Gambian culture and way of life: extremely relaxing vacation and in agreat climate with no jet-lag. Very accessible. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2008 by

The best part of the vacation was the weather, the accommodation's local staff, and the totally tranquil setting. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2008 by

It was very relaxing ineed. Breakfast was late morning, plenty of time to watch the wildlife, read and generally slow down to a very restful pace! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2007 by

We have had some great vacations but this is the best probably due to the simplicity of it. Stop thinking about going just book it you will be amazed Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2007 by

The staff were great, the food brilliant, the surroundings/wildife and even the other guests all went into making it the best vacation we have ever had. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2007 by

It's a great place to unwind. What made the holdiay for us was the welcome we received not only of from all of the staff at the lodge from the receptionist to the security guard but also from the local people in the surrounding village. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2007 by

This was a very special vacation. The Lodge setting is perfect, 10 individual huts in a tropical garden. The huts were spacious and airy, the beds were very comfortable and the mosquito netting was all in good repair. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2007 by

I can emphatically say we had a fantastic time at this accommodation. The place itself is a jewel of tranquillity and the we were made very welcome by all of the staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2007 by

We will remember with affection the very friendly staff who improved our knowledge of The Gambia and the way of life of its people. We will remember good quality meals served on the balcony and on the patio where a wide variety of beautifully coloured birds flew past. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2007 by

The most memorable part was visiting village houses on New Year's Eve, which coincided with the Muslim festival of Tabasci (not sure of the spelling). We were treated to various dishes containing ram and to sweet green tea in glasses. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2007 by

The most memorable part was dancing in a bar in St Louis (Senegal) to the music of drums and kora on Christmas Day at 2 am. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2007 by

It is a blissfully quiet location, the birds, lizards and general ambience of the grounds are very relaxing and enjoyable and the night skies are wonderful. One feels that one is really getting closer to the true Gambia than one would be at a package hotel in the Northern resorts. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2007 by

The most memorable was the beach and Weather perfect for Winter away from the UK Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2006 by

The rooms are simple but beautiful (and very comfortable), the grounds are green and lush (and full of birds & lizards) and the staff are genuinely friendly and very welcoming. The food is superb too. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2006 by

Too many wonderful memories! The owners and staff at the lodge made us so welcome . The lodge is simply beautiful, and is built on the soundest ecological principles I have seen anywhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2006 by

The most memorable part was very hard to say, as it was all good, and every day offered some new experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2006 by

Too many moments come to mind such as the New Years Eve party the lodge held for the guests, wow what a night! The staff played the drums whilst others danced and sang, the music was hypnotic and addictive, what am I talking about the whole of this accommodation is hypnotic and addictive!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2006 by

The whole experience was memorable. Our arrival at Banjul airport was an experience like none other! The ecolodge accommodation was excellent and the staff, all from the local village, were very friendly. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2006 by

A new and exciting experience for us. Lovely sunshine from 7am to 7pm was just what we expected and enjoyed. The accommodation was clean and fun to live in a little round hut for the week. The local people are lovely and also hospitable. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2006 by

Living in an ecolodge was inspiring. We have had luxury vacations and have hated the dependency culture they engender. The sustainable technology was inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2006 by

This was certainly one of the best & most relaxing vacations we have had. The area where this eco-lodge is situated is very untouched by tourism and you get the feel of the real Gambia. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2006 by

The most memorable part was the total chill; being in the middle of a forest, far from traditional tourism development, with lovely staff determined to look after you. Beautifully built and arranged lodge. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2005 by

Arriving was pretty memorable and exciting - driving into the bush and finally arriving at a little oasis that is the lodge. Having David, one of the owners, waiting out the front to greet us with a friendly smile made us feel right at home and genuinely welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2005 by

The most memorable part was seeing a new country for the first time. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2005 by

The vacation was great and we travelled with a 10 year old who really enjoyed playing with the local kids on the beach, going fishing, meeting Charlie the croc and we all made good friends with the locals....The local food was really, really good, especially the fish! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2005 by

The vacation was packed with memorable moments, many of them exciting. The journey from the airport to the lodge was stunning...The ecolodge is wonderful, for food and accommodation it cannot be beaten. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2005 by

can confirm that we had a marvellous vacation to the Gambia. The ecolodge was friendly, accommodating and very environmentally friendly as well as protective of the surrounding communities. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2005 by

The most memorable part was discovering new (to us) birds in the ecolodge nature trail. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2005 by

It is the best vacation we have had in years and we do travel a lot. The family/staff are incredibly welcoming and will pamper you to death if you let them. Breakfast when you wake up at whatever time that is. Read full review
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