About Us

Ngala Lodge was created in 1995 by Peter Engels, and is situated in a former colonial mansion located on the clifftop, between the British High Commission and the Medical Research Counsel in Bakau/Fajara.

With just 24 suites we are a small,   child-free  boutique hotel, popular with couples and repeat guests. Early booking is recommended.


This breathtaking location with tropical gardens remain peaceful throughout the day with ample space to find your own secluded spot. It's a fantastic choice for a romantic break and with arguably the best restaurant in The Gambia; You’ll find it hard to leave.

Besides our luxury standard suites, (and there is nothing standard about them!), for an extra special occasion we can offer a variety of upgraded suites including a penthouse with its private rooftop terrace with outdoor shower and a skylight above the bed. The Manor encompasses four spacious suites, all with private balconies and with sea views, and has its own gardens adjacent to the main Lodge.  The Atlantic Suites are the most stunning rooms in The Gambia and each has its own private Jacuzzi on the balcony or terrace.

With the 6 new luxury Macondo suites, 3 with their own plunge pool and 3 with large balcony overlooking the beautiful landscape gardens, this brings the total to twenty four suites, most facing the ocean: all air-conditioned.

Within the grounds there are a number of sunbathing terraces, seating areas and traditional African Bantabas (meeting places), which provide private hideaways for guests to enjoy a relaxing drink and a quiet book. The attractive gardens ensure a high degree of privacy with only a small number of guests in residence at any one time and make the most of the enviable location, which enjoys a magnificent setting with stunning views looking out from its cliff-top position towards the ocean. There is also a swimming pool and a small beach, with beach decking, reached via steps – a great spot for sunbathing, beachcombing, a short stroll and fishing.

In the evenings, the elevated restaurant not only serves excellent food with daily specials served by our Chef Assan, but we also have wonderful views of the ocean at sunset. Besides the daily changing culinary SPECIALS, a la carte dining is also available. Most evenings there is a low key entertainment

Due to the high quality of the food and wine on offer, a high proportion of our guest choose to stay on a half board basis.

We look forward to your visit.