1 August 2012

Gambia: Tendaba Camp

One of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry is accommodation. In the industry large numbers of people were employed in hotels and other lodging operations across the country. During peak season demand is extending beyond traditional seasons, growth of large chain and increased interest in vacation as well as increased in the destination demanding by visitors.

Therefore the benefits of growth are reaped by those looking for career in this sector because new jobs are being created, opportunities for positions and careers in different regions. Hence accommodation is the largest and fastest growing in the sector, Tourisphere will sometimes review some of the available hotels, resort hotels and lodges bar and restaurants among other sectors in tourism hence hotel properties usually cater for both business and pleasure travellers and offer a wide range of accommodation types.

On this week's edition our focus is Tendaba Camp. It is some miles away from the Capital city. Better still some eighty miles from Brikama to Kiang in Kwinella. Going to Tendaba Camp your journey will not finish at Kiang Kwinella as you still have another seven miles to cover to be in the camp, your choice destination, Tendaba in West Coast Region. The name of the camp takes its name from the community as they called it Tendaba Camp.

It is a tourist resort located at the edge of the River Gambia. It has unravelled natural appeal, filled with plenty of wildlife, birds, trees and a view of the River Gambia that some people might never seen before. At the camp, you will be exposed to a mix and blend of both conventional and traditional ways of living. This is due to the manner in which their rooms are designed, in the layout of the resort and the service on offer.

The reception area is magnificent with an African beat complemented by a state of the art satellite disc and receiver where you can virtually see all that is happening in the rest of the world. At the camp you are connected to the world since you will be able to connect to the internet browse and chat with series of friends and families in the rest parts of the world.

The view from the camp is absolutely breathtaking with mangroves in the undergrowth and there is a beautiful GSM antenna up the hills for easy network. On the shoreline you can see the village mosque and fish market. A stone's throw from the camp there is a boat rental service named after a town in Zambia called Bulawayo.

There is life in this tiny village housing Tendaba Camp and you can see children playing on the streets and river. With a rented boat you can cross from Tendaba to Baddibou Salikenneh, Baddibou Nokunda or Baddibou Kachang. As well the villagers go about their daily works and everyone lives like a family with irrespective of your background.

There are over 150 rooms in this camp. The room service is absolutely great as there is routine spraying of all rooms, so no hiding place for any mosquito. The rooms are all equipped with showers and mosquito nets and the ventilation is great. Electricity power supply is never a problem. It is a great place to be and visit on your own, with friends, families and colleagues.

If you are looking for a taste of rural Gambia with a touch of western feeling then Tendaba Camp is a choice and a place to be. To mention a few among their facilities there is a swimming pool, a bar and restaurant, two conference centres among other. As parts of their activities, there are jeeps for excursion to the surrounding villages and bush that will give you unforgettable memory. The Bambo bar by the riverside gives you a pleasant and relax end of the day as every evening local dancers perform by the camp fire.

The Grill parlour at Tendaba Camp is in area right at the edge of the river, some twenty-five meters from the open reception area. This grill parlour is naturally appealing with a beat of uninterrupted fresh air coming from the River Gambia. The traditional grill machine is beautifully placed so that you can hang a whole goat or sheep as the fire plays it part in getting the meat grilled slowly as the night goes by.

The proprietor and manager of this splendid camp is a man with great respect, admiration and down to earth. He is as well rurally inclined and dynamic in his management. The management of the camp and his crew are out there supporting the tourism industry. They are giving visitors an experience that they never receive elsewhere. The magnificent services and attention we give to these tourists is what keeps them coming. A visit to Tendaba Camp by a tourist will have a lasting impression on him/her for a long time.

It is one thing to have a great peace and the potentials to be a great tourist haven but we must get the infrastructure to support our tourism expansion and ambition. In Tendaba, in Bao Bolong, we have but a few Gambian-owned small but strategic resorts that go a long way in complementing our tourism development and expansion needs.

With some of the tourism facilities available in the country, The Gambia, one of the smallest nations on the face of the earth, is a paradise of peace and tranquillity. The peace and tranquillity with our hospitality are the bedrock that enables our environment to be a probable tourist paradise with all the characteristics, traits, trappings and nomenclature of a vibrant tourism industry.

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