Sandele is located a 45 minute drive from the international airport at Banjul along a paved road. We are three kilometres north of the village of Kartong which is situated on the southern Senegalese border. A 45 minute drive will take you to the developed “tourist” centre of The Gambia.
If you advise us of your arrival time we can arrange an airport transfer for you with a trusted driver who will wait in the Arrivals Hall with your name on a sign. The cost is approximately £20-£25, payable directly to the driver in Dalasis (we charge no mark-up). Alternatively, you may take a local taxi from the airport, however they are not metered so you will need to negotiate the price in advance.
We suggest you use local cash for your time in the The Gambia as many facilities do not accept credit card or travellers cheques and often give a poor exchange rate. You are able to obtain Dalasis from ATM machines, however you are only able to withdraw approximately £60 at a time. We suggest bringing Pounds or Euros and changing money in The Gambia as the rate is very poor outside of the country. You can change money on arrival at the airport. We are also able to change small amounts of currency at Reception.
Free wi-fi is available in Reception and the Pakaya Restaurant. Wi-fi is not available in the Lodges or Guest Rooms. Please ask Reception if you require photocopy services or email access.
We will be happy to arrange a local taxi for your daily excursions. Please advise Reception two hours before requiring a taxi as the driver will be coming from the village and this can take some time. Alternatively, ask us about hiring a jeep (24 hour notice required) or bicycles.
It is normal to leave a 10% tip in restaurants in The Gambia. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers over the agreed price. It is not obligatory, but you may choose to leave a joint tip for the staff at Sandele at the end of your stay. If this is the case, please give your contribution to one of the staff. For your comfort we suggest that two members of staff are present when you do this.
The Gambia is a primarily Muslim country. However, given tourism development, dress codes in the beach areas are typical beach dress. If you venture into the interior or more local areas, we suggest dressing more modestly and covering your shoulders and to your knees. At Sandele, beach dress is appropriate; however you may feel more comfortable being a little more covered if you visit Kartong or the surrounding area.