Travelling from Dakar to Fathala Wildlife Reserve in Senegal is an adventure itself. Fathala is situated 5km from the Gambian border on the National Road.
Arriving at Fathala Wildlife Reserve, you are welcomed by an oasis of lush green grass surrounding the Day Visitors Centre. A lot of tourists from the Gambia visit Fathala on a daily basis, with the country bordering so close.
Nestled away under the huge canopies of the majestic African Mahogany surrounded by nature and all its essence lies the Fathala Lodge, exceeding all your expectations. With the opening in March 2014, the Fathala Lodge with 20 Luxurious Tented Suites, became the first of its kind in Senegal.
Fathala is a word borrowed from the Mandinka language, meaning ‘do not touch’, and seems to be a perfect fit for the lodge. Nothing can touch the beauty and tranquillity Fathala has to offer.
The air-conditioned tents are luxuriously decorated in a colonial African theme for ultimate comfort including a deep bath, an open-air shower, a delicious coffee-station and all the necessary amenities for your comfort.
About Fathala Lodge and Wildlife Reserve:
The Lodge is designed in an open plan setting to keep you close to nature, sitting at the Boabab Bar with a delicious cocktail or enjoying a delicious meal from the lodge restaurant, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery the lodge has to offer.
There are lots of activities on offer for guests staying at the lodge including guided game drives, walking with lions, fishing in the mangroves, sun downer trips on the mangroves, Island tours and a visit to a local fishing village, tours to the local markets in the village to learn more about the culture, food and lifestyle of the local people and lastly a bushwalk and birding safari.
The Czech Society for African Wildlife together with the Czech University of Life Sciences started to work with the Director of National Parks in Senegal to try and protect these animals from extinction. In 2003 a few individuals were captured from the Niokolo-Koba National Park in the South East of Senegal, and transported to Fathala Wildlife Reserve and Bandia Reserve where they were kept for breeding.
Fathala Wildlife Reserve is the perfect place to fall back into a complete state of relaxation, to sit on the porch of your tent and listen to the chatter of the parrots and parakeets while monkeys jump playful from branch to branch or relax with a cocktail in the swimming pool and smell the dust settling down while the sun sets over the horizon of Africa in the distance.