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Far away from mass-tourism, our Eco-lodge resides in a rural area. Soforal has a wonderful garden with birds. The authentic Diola village Berending with its hospitable inhabitants is on walking distance and the beach side is nearby.
Far away from mass tourism SOFORAL Lodge is situated in the authentic Diola village Berending in the South-West of Gambia. SOFORAL is located in a rural area, not far from the Atlantic coast. Palm trees surround the Lodge and a quiet, peaceful garden is all around. It inhabitants a numberses variety of birds. The architecture of the buildings and the facilities on the terrain refer to the ordinary family life in the village.
The guest house is inspired by a traditional Diola dwelling, a so called impluvium dwelling. The rooms surround the social centre of the guest house with a garden in the middle. This centre catches the sun (and in rain time it gathers the water) from above. It is an excellent place to read a book or to just muse. There are ten rooms each provided with two separate single beds with a good mattress and a mosquito net.
The restaurant allows you a free view of its rich natural environment. The kitchen serves traditional Gambian food with fresh vegetables and fish from the nearby market of Gunjur. In 'the Blue bar' a simple assortment of beverages is available.
Throughout the terrain comfortable areas are created with seats, benches and hammocks where one can seclude to rest or, for instance, read or update a diary.
Interaction with guests
The SOFORAL team is very hospitable and will be pleased to make your stay comfortable. The team is acquainted with the area and the local habits and will (if requested) gladly accompany you on your tour. They can also guide you on a variety of excursions.
SOFORAL is on walking distance of Berending village. It is very easy to get in contact with the local people and you will be surprised about the spontaneity of children and adults. The local hospital and school highly welcome interested visitors. A walk along the beautiful paths through nature to the beach and Atlantic ocean is really recommended!
Other things to note
The nights are extraordinarily quiet and the starry firmament is breathtaking. In the morning flocking birds sing to wake and lure the guests out of their beds to behold the sunrise through the palm trees.
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