These floating bungalows and rooms on stilts lie on a tributary of the River Gambia, 45 minutes from the West African coast. Venture out by canoe in search of the monitor lizards, baboons, and myriad bird species that inhabit the surrounding mangroves. —Brendan Brady
The Mandina Lodges, Makasutu Culture Forest, Gambia. This appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See more overwater bungalows.