Fathala Wildlife Reserve & Lodge


For those not heading to wildlife parks in other parts of Africa, this 60-sq-km reserve might be worth adding to your itinerary. This reserve was created in 2006 as a habitat for the western giant eland, and today includes troops of this critically endangered antelope, as well as giraffes, rhinos, warthogs, buffaloes and several monkey species. While it's pricey to visit, it can nevertheless be thrilling to see these animals in the (semi-)wild.

For the full experience, you can spend the night here in luxury safari-style tents (from €185/240 for single/double occupancy). Overnight guests have access to additional tours – like sunset boat trips through mangroves, birding safaris and discounted park admission.

It's located 17km south of Toubakouta, on the main highway leading to The Gambia.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Senegal attractions

1. Parc National du Delta du Saloum

15.4 MILES

Established in 1976, this lush national park is a water-filled wonderland with mangroves, salt marshes, islands and woodland all part of the great delta's…

2. Albert Market

16.09 MILES

Since its founding in the mid-19th century, the Albert Market, an area of frenzied buying, bartering and bargaining, has been Banjul's main hub of…

3. Arch 22

16.13 MILES

This massive 36m-high gateway, built to celebrate the military coup of 22 July 1994, grants excellent views. There's also a cafe and a small museum that…

4. National Museum

16.14 MILES

Well-presented, if slightly dusty, displays of historical and cultural artefacts, including musical instruments, agricultural tools and ethnographic items…

5. July 22 Square

16.17 MILES

The quadrangular July 22 Square contains a World War I memorial and a fountain dating from the 1930s.

7. Old Town

16.56 MILES

West from the ferry terminal towards the wide Ma Cumba Jallow St (Dobson St) is a chaotic assembly of decrepit colonial buildings and Krio-style clapboard…

8. Botanic Gardens

19.17 MILES

Bakau's botanic gardens were established in 1924 and offer shade, peace and good bird-spotting chances. It's a small space – just 1.5 hectares.