29 November 2009 - The Observer - Annabelle Thorpe
Ngala Lodge, The Gambia View this article online »
One of the best mid-haul bets for winter sunshine, the Gambia mixes beautiful beaches with nature reserves and forests, four-wheel drive adventures and fishing trips. Ngala Lodge (ngalalodge.com) is a former colonial mansion with just 10 suites in a spectacular clifftop location. A small private beach offers fantastic fishing at low tide.
Serenity Holidays (0845 330 2060; serenityholidays.co.uk) has a week from £599, including flights and transfers