Frequently Asked Questions

There is virtually no crime at Nemasu; we have 24hr security, and we are off the beaten path, in a very peaceful part of the country. Having said that- it’s always a good idea to keep valuables in a safe place & be vigilant in general. You should not take valuables or large sums of money to the beach or display them in public. Visitors, both male and female, should be particularly cautious of young men locally known as ‘bumsters’ who approach tourists, particularly on beaches, offering unsolicited help. Bumsters often use romance in the hope of gaining money or other assistance. We advise you be polite but firm in declining unwanted help or attempts at conversation. This is particularly common in Senegambia.
Snakes exist in the area, but are not very common; there’s no need to be concerned.
Mosquitos are common in the rainy season (July – November) and not very common in the dry season; from December to June, they’re not frequent. Having said that, malaria is common in the Gambia, so it’s strongly recommended to take malaria pills.
We serve only purified water, and wash our food in this same clean water. Our kitchen staff adhere to consistently high levels of cleanliness; you have no need to worry.
Tipping is not necessary, but appreciated; if you feel you have had good service, a tip up to 10% is normal.
The busy season is generally December through April; early reservations will avoid any disappointment. A deposit of one nights cost is required to hold a reservation; deposits can be paid through PayPal to haarburger@gmail.com

Gambia is one of the poorest nations on earth; the divide between what people here have, and what westerners have, is enormous. We understand that you have limits on baggage allowance, but here’s a list of items that are particularly appreciated- and remember, it doesn’t matter how old or ugly they are- it’s all put to good use, and we try to distribute things to the most needy.

  • medicines, bandages, etc
  • old phones & computers
  • clothes & shoes
  • tools, including power tools
  • just about anything else