Location
 
Tilo House stands about half way between Gunjur village and Gunjur beach, in the south of the Gambia, some 6 miles from the southern border with Senegal. It is 10 miles from Brikama, a town with banks, internet facilites, petrol stations, small supermarkets, and a wonderful open-air market. The town is famous for its musicians, particularly Kora players.
 
Gunjur is about 45 minutes drive from the airport, and a little more from the main tourist areas. Gunjur is part of the ‘real’ Gambia, and staying at Tilo House will allow you to see how people live and work here. The colourful fishing village on the beach is a 15 minute walk from the house. Here you can watch the boats coming in, the women and girls helping to land the catch, buy your own fresh fish there, or sit at one of several small cafés and enjoy the spectacle over a Julbrew.
 
Gambia is famous for its birds, so don’t forget to bring your binoculars. Even if you aren’t a serious birder, you’ll be fascinated by the many different species you can spot just from the comfort of a chair on the veranda. Purple glossy starling, hoopoe, weaver birds, vultures, hornbill, piapiac,  sunbirds, wydah, fire finch, bulbul, red cheeked cordon bleu are all frequent visitors, and you can walk through the nearby nature reserve to see even more.
 
The beach is part of a 25 mile stretch of bays and strand, much of which is empty, and the swimming here is marvellous, although of course sometimes the Atlantic can produce big waves. Visit some of the other beaches by car,  cycle or simply walk along them – you’ll find several places where you can stop and have a drink or a bite to eat.