About the hotel

Bakotu Hotel is a small hotel with a big heart. Relax in the tranquility of the eco friendly mature tropical gardens as you explore the amazing variety of birdlife on-site from a unique bird-viewing platform. The hotel is perfectly situated close to restaurants, markets, the beach and a variety of activities, including fishing and an 18 hole golf course. With over 40 years experience and an emphasis on sustainability, individuality and personal service Bakotu Hotel will inspire and delight you and provide a wonderful holiday experience.

  • Located a few steps from a plethora of activities such as fishing and an 18 hole golf course.
  • A unique bird-viewing platform makes it an ideal retreat for eco-tourists.
  • The botanical gardens boast the largest collection of palms in the Gambia.

At a glance
Bakotu Hotel location
Adventurous City Beachfront
Family Friendly

Hotel Rooms

Bakotu has an African lodge feel to it: individual units, cool white on the outside, set within exotic gardens. Each room is individually designed and decorated, and has its own terrace or patio. Air conditioned rooms are available and fans and fridges can be hired from the reception.

  • Twin Rooms
  • Double Rooms
  • Family Rooms

Hotel Apartments

Apartments are in a separate annex to the hotel. All have furnished sitting to the northern front facing Kotu Stream Road and have a large furnished private terrace overlooking Kotu Stream Basin to the south. All apartments have en-suite bathrooms, kitchenette (including fridge) and living area.

  • Twin Apartments
  • Double Apartments
  • Family Apartments


Sample the fabulous range of dining available in the heart of Gambia

Captains Table

Captains Table is beautifully designed, set on different levels, some areas under the stars and some under authentic grass roofs, you can choose how you wish to dine in this romantic setting. It is one of the best seafood restaurants in The Gambia, renowned for its excellent menu and wines, with some of the highest quality seafood and non-seafood dishes at reasonable prices. Captains Table aims to use locally grown organic produce, and serves only the freshest highest quality seafood and meat. It is very popular with outside guests and is used by the hotel for half and full-board customers. Live background music is often performed on the Kora in this restaurant.

Boss Lady Restaurant

Get the true taste of Gambia, if you want to try the local cuisine then Boss Lady is not to be missed. An inexpensive street eatery restaurant offering authentic Gambian food and drink. Sunday night is buffet night, so you can try many of the local dishes. There is free live Gambian entertainment on most nights, the dancing is fascinating, Jolas, Mandinkas, Woloffs, Serrehs, each have their own style - and it is not unusual for people to join in, in fact you are encouraged to do so. Or you can sit back and just enjoy the show.


Baobab Restaurant takes its name from the the holy baobab tree outside the hotel and its beautiful painting within the restaurant. Overlooking the hotel pool it serves breakfast on the terrace in morning sun, lunch in the shade or a delicious dinner in the evening. It specialises in set menus and offers a range of meal sizes for children and has options forleaner pockets.


  • Pool with terraces, gardens and shaded terraces
  • Bird viewing platform
  • 3 restaurants and bars
  • Mini-market
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Air-conditioning, Fans, fridges
  • Laundry facilities
  • Opposite Kotu Beach
  • 18 hole golf course next door

Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens, planted over 30 years ago, feature a variety of mature native hardwoods and boast the largest collection of palms in The Gambia. The native species maintain the floral environment and sustain the existing fauna in Gambia's first eco-tourism establishment. This very successful project is verified by the many guests with their amazing holiday shots of birds, monkeys, lizards, and more taken within the hotel.


Quite exclusive to Bakotu, these mature eco-friendly gardens attract an amazing variety of birdlife. These pictures of birds, have all been spotted in the hotel. There are a number of terraces around the hotel that are the ideal place to spot these birds, including the Back Terrace which is surrounded by fruit trees and shaded by the broad leafed teak tree and palms. Most notable to our hotel is our unique Bird viewing platform, which has proved a great success with Ornithologists, overlooking the Kotu Stream Basin it offers the perfect position to view the huge variety of birds Gambia is famous for and observe nature at its best.


The dancing is fascinating! Jolas, Mandinkas, Woloffs, Serrehs, each have their own style - and it is not unusual for people to join in, in fact you are encouraged to do so. Many troupes roam the streets at Christmas time and it often happens that they just stop and perform. Troupes perform at the hotel on special occasions. Softer background music is played on the kora, a string instrument, and the balafon, a wooden xylophone, sometimes with drum accompaniment. Boss Lady restaurant has live cultural background music most evenings

Explore Serekunda

Serekunda is the largest urban centre in The Gambia. It is situated close to the Atlantic coast, 13 km (8 mi) south-west of the capital, Banjul,[3] and is formed of nine villages which have grown together into a larger urban area. Serekunda means "home of the Sayer [or Sayerr] family" and is named after its founder, Sayerr Jobe.

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