Tama Lodge, Saly, Senegal
On the vast stretch of sandy beach known as Petite Côte, between Mbour’s fishing port and the seaside resort of Saly, you will find a small hotel that is a real gem. Owned by a French collector of African antiques, the Tama Lodge is the ideal base for an exotic and relaxing break.
“I really loved the laid back atmosphere of this hotel. It’s the perfect place to literally kick off your shoes and unwind. I particularly liked the Beach Lodges where you can walk straight out onto the sand and the bathrooms are unusual but lovely. I’d highly recommend exploring the local area too though. Senegal is a colourful, vibrant and welcoming country.” Kathryn, Editor BTB
All the rooms are simply furnished, yet comfortable and in keeping with the African charm and character of the lodge. The Garden and Beach Lodges resemble traditional Senegalese thatched huts. The Royal Lodge is on the first floor of the main building and has one bedroom, a spacious living area and a large private terrace looking over the top of the palm trees to the sea. The Chief’s Lodge is a large round room on the beach.
Hammocks, sun beds and reclining chairs are scattered around the sandy garden in the shade of the coconut trees. The restaurant serves simple yet exquisite cuisine, including delicious local dishes, all made from the finest and freshest local produce.
The seaside resort of Saly is within walking distance for a choice of restaurants, shops and a little nightlife.
The nearby city of Mbour, offers a much more genuine Senegalese experience. Be sure to visit the colourful market and fishing port. It is also well worth going to a tradional mass here, where prayers are sang to the rhythm of African drums.
The local villages of Peul or Serere are within easy reach, as is Bandia’s Nature Reserve which is just a 20 minute drive from the hotel, where you can see zebra, giraffe, rhinoceros, to name but a few, and over 120 species of birds.
Gorée Island, a UNESCO world heritage and former slave warehouse, the Sine-Saloum delta and the Lac Rose (Pink Lake) also make interesting days out.
- Location: Near Saly
- Airport: Dakar 2 hours 30 mins
- Beach: on the beach
- Ideal for: Couples
- Standard: Comfortable
- Facilities include: Air-conditioning (not in garden rooms), ceiling fans, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi, fridge, safe, tea and coffee facilities
- Number of rooms: 9
- Website: Tama Lodge
- Package holdays from the UK available from The Senegal Experience
Boutique Travel Blog’s founder and editor, Kathryn, also blogs at TravelWithKat.com where she shares her passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines.