For peace and tranquillity in the heart of the African bush, the striking riverside Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest offer an unforgettable experience in the wilderness. Here, you can discover the wildlife that have made the forest their home: the wonderful birdlife, monkeys, monitor lizards and
an ever-increasing troop of baboons.

It's no wonder 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.

View from the tree top tower at Base Camp, Mandina Lodges

Makasutu Forest

A unique ecosystem bordering the River Gambia, with over 1,000 acres of protected pristine forest, savannah and mangroves.

Goliath Heron in Makasutu Forest - Dave MontreuilDave Montreuil

Things to See & Do

From sunset boat rides to forest walks, bird watching by canoe to discovering street art in the forest
or simply relaxing by the pool…

A lifetime dedication to the Makasutu Forest and sustainable tourism in The Gambia. Read James, Lawrence & Linda's story...


Mandina is a patch of heaven on earth – tranquil, lush, peaceful and full of fabulous wildlife. The stunning lodges are just perfect – this place is simply awesome.

Chris Packham – BBC Presenter