We have tried to answer the most common questions below. Obviously, you are more than welcome to contact us with questions about your trip, Hibiscus House itself, or excursions during your stay.
Questions about Hibiscus House
01 Where in Gambia is Hibiscus House?
In Brufut, a smallish village near the West coast. It is about 30 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Senegambia. The hotel is located about 400 yards off the coastal road. From the airport turn left at the roundabout and continue for about 1000 yards. At the Gamtel mast turn left (signed to Hibiscus House). Continue down the dirt road for about 400 yards and turn left at the sign outside the yellow Maggi shop. The hotel is about a 15/20 min walk to Brufut beach. Brufut is a typical West African village and contains a schools, a market and football club. The village is lively and full of atmosphere. The hotel is located in a peaceful area, however, the noise of children playing and the 'call to prayer' can sometimes be heard from within the hotel compound. For the majority of guests this is part and parcel of staying in the heart of an African (and Muslim) village.
02 What is Hibiscus House?
A private family-run hotel in The Gambia
03 Is there a restaurant and bar?
Yes. Our menus are all created to use the fresh local produce of The Gambia.
We offer a combination of African and International cuisine and can cater for most special dietary requirements and requests.
04 Is there a safe?
Yes – there is a central safe at the hotel for all valuables.
05 Is there WIFI?
Yes – the hotel has WIFI and is accessible in public areas free of charge.
06 What sporting facilities are there?
There is a swimming pool as well as bikes and fishing rods to hire.
07 Is there help 24 hours a day?
Yes – There is somebody on reception / entrance of the hotel 24 hours a day. If there is an emergency then a member of hotel staff or management is always on site to assist.
08 What is included in the price?
- Breakfast is included for all guests
- Airport transfers are included for stays of 3 or more nights
- Private airport collection - Forday collects all guests from the airport
- Complimentary drinks upon arrival
- Free Wi-Fi in public areas
09 What transport is available?
Car hire is available although not recommended unless you know The Gambia
Taxi – staff will always call from reception you can either book one or wait a few minutes
Walking – as Hibiscus House is situated in the local community and not a main tourist area it is always interesting to walk. The closest beach is about 15 minutes walk away – once there you can walk more or less from one end of The Gambia to the other as it is only approximately 30 miles wide along the coast (and approximately 300 miles up river)
Questions about The Gambia
01 Why The Gambia?
- Fantastic winter sun – over 30°C every month
- Under 6 hours flying time
- Easy journey – by the pool by late afternoon
- Same time zone, no jet lag
- Wonderful sandy beaches
- Unspoilt and un-commercialised
- Friendly people and exotic culture
- River, bush and beach excursions
- Holidays to suit all pockets and tastes
- Value for money – both your holiday and spending in resort
02 Where is Gambia?
Gambia is in West Africa. It is a former British Colony based on the River Gambia. There is approximately 60 miles of coastline and 500 miles of river.
03 What is there to do in Gambia?
There are many trips and excursions available through Hibiscus House, Oliver and our guide Alige will help you whatever you would like to do, whether it fishing, beach safari, trips up river or simply relaxing in the evening with a sun downer on the beach. Take a look at our page on Gambia Through the Year to discover more.
04 Is Gambia safe?
In general, the Gambia is a safe country, however, we advise that caution is taken with valuables when out and about. The hotel is 100% secure and has 24 hour security as a precaution.
05 How do I get to Gambia?
There are flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Bristol. Flights can be booked directly through Fly Thomas Cook or via Gambia Experience. The flights are about 6 hours and the time difference is +1 hour depending on GMT or BST. If you have any problems booking flights you can always contact us direct and we will help out. Flights from Europe are widely available from Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain.
01 Can you hire a car at Hibiscus?
Yes – car hire can be arranged. Payment is in cash and is about £30 a day (subject to exchange rate). Cars can be parked in the Hibiscus car park during your stay.
Other form of transport is by booking a taxi. This can be arranged through the reception..
02 Are Mosquito's a problem?
During the on-season (Nov to May) they are not such a problem, however, as Gambia is a Malarial zone, we strongly advise all guests should also consult their GP on appropriate anti-malarial measures and other inoculations at least 10 days prior to travel. Each room has fully integrated mosquito nets on each window and bug spray. We can provide extra bed-nets if required. We also advise to bring your own skin spray. See the World Health Organisation website for more info: http://www.who.int/countries/gmb/en/
03 Are there problems with food / drink?
All of the food served at Hibiscus House is fresh daily. It is fine to drink the tap water, however, we advise bottle water just in case. We can recommend other restaurants for lunch and supper if required.
04 What is the weather and climate like?
The weather from October to May is warm to hot. Temeratures range from high 20's to mid 30's. You can see more about Gambia's weather on our page Gambia Through the Year. You can also read more about visiting Gambia at Christmas.
Click here for an up to date forecast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/568?&search=banjul&itemsPerPage=10®ion=world
05 When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit is anytime between October and May. July to September is the rainy season and can get very humid. The flights are also generally a lot cheaper during the October to May period.