"Over 550 species of bird combined with authentic Gambian culture! Don't forget to take a dip in Gambia's only freshwater filtered pool!"
The tiny West African nation of The Gambia is a wonderfully colourful country; with a vibrant and rich culture, clear blue skies, sweeping golden beaches, and luxuriant nature reserves teeming with wildlife, it’s the perfect place to go ‘off-grid’, and to embrace Mother Earth. Situated amongst some of the country’s most stunning scenery, near both the bush and the beach, Footsteps Eco Lodge offers the perfect platform for independent travellers, small groups and families alike to enjoy a tranquil Gambia holiday. The lodge complex sits next to the protected Kufoong Forest Park, a mere one kilometre from a beautiful secluded beach.
The lodge consists of nine detached roundhouses scattered around a central eco-pool, restaurant and bar area; each clean and comfortable roundhouse boasts its own fruiting trees for privacy and shade, and comes equipped with an en-suite bathroom, providing the perfect home away from home. Families can also choose to stay in one of two self-catering wooden cabins, and there’s even an elegant Sunbird House for an extra helping of luxury! During your stay, you’ll dine on flamboyant Gambian and European cuisine, prepared by innovative chefs using fresh local produce. Although you may not want to leave your own private piece of paradise at the lodge, there’s plenty to do in the local area: go out in search of some of Gambia’s hundreds of bird species, follow nature trails through the bush, or explore the bustling markets of the thriving local village of Gunjur.
Footsteps Eco Lodge aims to provide travellers with the holiday they desire and deserve, whilst also ensuring that the locals receive their fair share too. It’s a delicate balance, and Footsteps constantly strive to keep it. The lodge aims to generate a sustainable source of employment for local people by improving The Gambia’s trade in the responsible tourism industry. Through close collaboration with other organisations (including The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia), Footsteps Eco Lodge hopes to be able to educate other businesses on how they can reduce their ecological impact. Of course, it’s imperative that the lodge therefore ‘practices what it preaches', and don’t worry – it doesn’t disappoint…
Footsteps operates entirely on solar power, producing 100% sustainable energy without the need for noisy and pollutant generators. Clever eco-features ensure that the lodge’s gardens are kept nourished and watered, without using precious resources: each room is fitted with an eco-friendly composting toilet, and gray water from the showers and wash-basins is used for irrigation. The local community is a top priority for Footsteps and, as such, they only employ staff from the local village. This ensures that revenue generated through tourism stays within the local community, making a big difference to rural economies. In recognition of their efforts in the field of sustainability, Footsteps received Travelife’s ‘Gold’ award for sustainable tourism, and in 2014 were awarded ‘Silver’ in the ‘Best for engaging people and culture’ category at The World Responsible Travel Awards.