The striking riverside Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest offer an unforgettable experience in the African bush.

Mandina Lodges in The Gambia

For peace and tranquility in the heart of the African bush, the striking riverside Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest offer an unforgettable experience in the wilderness with the chance to discover the people and wildlife of The Gambia that have made the forest their home: the amazing birdlife, monkeys, monitor lizards and ever-increasing troupes of baboons. Mandina Lodges is featured in the book '1001 Escapes To Make Before You Die' which is a guide for those in search of the world's most unusual and beautiful places.


Mandina Lodges

A new word in tranquillity: relax in understated, quiet beauty on a secluded mangrove-lined tributary of the River Gambia.

Makasutu Forest

A unique eco system bordering the River Gambia, with over 1000 acres of protected pristine forest, savannah and mangroves.

Visiting Makasutu

Visit the site where it all began, meet your guides and maybe even catch a glimpse of the spirits of the forest…


TYPES OF Lodges

Floating Lodge

Floating Lodges

Replete with a four-poster bed and al-fresco shower, these single storey dwellings rise and fall on the gentle tides. Read more

Jungle Lodges

Jungle Lodges

Set back on the edges of the forest with a four poster bed and a spiral staircase leading to a roof terrace with views across the mangrove-lined river. Read more

Stilted Lodge

Stilted Lodge

A beautiful and spacious two storey dwelling, with a broad deck, a day room and a lounge - all looking out onto the quiet beauty of the river. Read more

Mangrove Lodge

Mangrove Lodge

The Mangrove Lodge is an impressive thatched lodge set on one level with a large bedroom, indoor bathroom with flushing wc and a private terrace. Read more