These lodges along the Senegalese coast are not only visually striking but they are also built with love for the surrounding environment. Choose from water-based cabins on stilts, treehouses, or adobe land structures – for the ultimate African glamping experience. Enjoy Senegalese-French cuisine in the lagoon-side restaurant and cocktails inspired by nature on its terrace. And keep an eye out for hyenas!
African Eco Lodges Palmarin, Senegal
In 2001, a French businessman sold his energy-saving company and, with his wife, built an ecological hotel park on the hills of Niassam in Senegal. At the root of the idea was environmentally responsible tourism – energy saving, the use of natural materials and an ideological approach to life in nature. There was also an element of giving back to the community – all profits being invested back into the project and in local activities.
Today, the site, on the west coast of Senegal near Palmarin, is a cluster of 13 eco lodges, with the theme of water, air and earth. Four lodges are located on the lagoon, four are in the baobab trees, three are on the hills, and two are on the savannah. Each offers a different glamping experience.
Lagoon lodges are beautiful wooden structures located over the water on stilts. Their interiors are made from varnished red wood and appear almost woven in form; windows are wide open to nature; and terraces are designed to blend inside with out. Each has a double and single bed, draped in mosquito netting.
The treehouse cabins are the ultimate childlike pleasure, entangled in the limbs of the baobabs. Built on multiple levels, they each house one double bed and two singles, with a hammock downstairs. The bathroom is located in the roots of the baobab.
The hill lodges are playful bungalows with Moroccan-style tadelakt plaster walls, thatched roofs and exposed timber ceilings. Perfect for families, they are organized in three areas at the same level – double and single beds, bathroom, and a large covered terrace with seating.
Finally the savannah duplex is a colorful space located under the bougainvillea, and close to the pool and restaurant, making it perfect for families with children of any age. Interiors are brightly colored tadelakt, decorated in vivid African furniture. Each apartment has two bedrooms, separated by a curtain, as well as a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.
The lodge has its own restaurant, serving up freshly-caught fish and locally-grown produce in a style blending French and Senegalese cuisine. Enjoy specially-prepared cocktails, with flavors like baobab fruit and hibiscus, on the restaurant terrace. A little library of African novels, classic literature, detective novels, comics and children’s books is available in the reception. The lodges are powered by solar energy with additional power generators to maintain a stable supply of electricity. However, the location in the bush does not allow for air conditioning.
The lodge is located 150km south of Dakar, along the southern stretches of Senegal’s Petite Côte, with sandy beaches to the west, and to the east the protected National Reserve de Palmarin, a patchwork delta of mangrove channels, salt flats, grasslands and forest.
Guests are encouraged to explore the bush, baobab forests and traditional villages on foot, with the help of a guide, alone or on horseback. Explore the lagoon by canoe, or walk 20 minutes via the spectacular salt wells to reach the beach.
Nearest airport: Dakar (150km, 3.5 hours drive). Contact the owner to arrange transfer. For guests arriving by boat: transfer from N’Dangane is available.
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African Eco Lodgesfrom €150/ nt
|$260 x 4||$1,040|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|TOTAL (with Deposit)||$1,780|
100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.