Days
8
Price from
£2,120GBP
Map of Cruising Safari: West Africa including Gambia and Senegal

Explore biodiverse Western Africa in this cruise, following the Gambia River to historical sites and rare wildlife habitats.

Discover the natural delights of West Africa by boat. Cruise the Gambia river, where both the water and trees along the bank are teeming with wildlife and make a humbling stop at Kunteh Kinteh-where the American slave trade began. Enjoy the rare chance to see chimpanzees swing from branches in Kuntaur and ponder the purpose of the ancient Wassu stone circle.


Start
Dakar, Senegal
Finish
Dakar, Senegal
Destinations
Gambia, Senegal
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PFGS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 40

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve where a combination of woodlands, mangroves and salt-marsh house hyenas, crocodiles, sand boa snakes and more.

  • Discuss the possible purpose of the ancient Wassu Stone Circles.

  • Spend time in a Gambian family compound, where relatives by blood and marriage live communally.

  • Visit Kunteh Kinteh, the historical setting of the first potion of Roots, and tour the ruins of a European fort in this once central trading post and origin of the American slave trade.

  • Sail past a chimpanzee colony on an island, perhaps catching a glimpse of the creatures in their natural habitat as part of the Chimp Rehabilitation Project.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Harmony G

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Harmony G.

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Itinerary

If you arrive with time to spare there is much to see in Senegal’s capital. You can drop your luggage off at port and walk the streets, where gleaming SUVs and rusted motorbikes share the road. If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can head for the cool comfort of the Museum of African Arts, which, as the name suggests, is host to a variety of work both old and new from around the continent. Board the Harmony G in the late afternoon, enjoy a welcome dinner and sail overnight to your next destination.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It will be possible to leave your luggage on the ship from midday while you explore Dakar, however embarkation will not take place until 4.00pm.
Awaken at a village port and travel to Fadiouth Island, where everything, from the ground itself to the cemetery, are made from millions of accumulated clam shells. The crunching underfoot makes a nice change of pace from the car horns of Dakar. Later, glide down the Saloum Delta wetlands in a small local boat and let the squawks guide you to the mangrove thick “bird island.” Take a dip then spend the night anchored in Djiffere.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Saloum Delta Boat Trip
  • Joal Fadiouth Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Set sail for Banjul early and cross into The Gambia, where the first stop in Kunteh Kinteh, a place with indelible links to the early days of the American slave trade. Tour the ruins of buildings built under European occupation, and ponder the significant and painful history that is central to understanding the importance of The Gambia’s role as an international passageway. Why not spend the afternoon with a drink in hand, watching the marshland roll by from the deck, and then spend the night docked on the riverside in Tendaba
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kunteh Kinteh Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a motorised pirogue (small wooden boat) from the ship to Tendaba, then walk on to the bird watchers paradise of Kiang West National Park, where 250 species reside. A sturdy safari truck will drive you back to the ship for lunch. Next, the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, where three different ecosystems rub shoulders and are home to hippopotamuses, clawless otters and crocodiles. Dock at Tendaba.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tendaba Baobolong Reserve afternoon excursion
  • Tendaba - Kiang West National Park morning excursion (including refreshments)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sail to relaxed Kuntaur and take a local boat past an area where a chimpanzee colony lives. With some luck you'll be able to view these cheeky primates from out on the water. More than 100 chimpanzees reside here as part of the Chimp Rehabilitation Project, where they spend their time swinging and socialising in the tangled mass of trees. Today you'll also visit the historically significant Wassu stone circles, which were erected as far back as AD 1305. Their purpose remains unknown, so feel free to speculate and discuss with your guide. Spend the evening beneath the stars on the bank of the river, where you can watch a projected film with the locals.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Baboon Island Cruise
  • Wassau Stone Circles Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin your return journey to Bangul, with a stop along the way at a Gambian family compound. Chat with locals who have a communal way of life that most likely varies greatly from your own. Later, you’ll have time to contemplate the benefits and drawbacks of intergenerational family living when you return to the boat. Perhaps relax with a beer and wedge of lime while you observe the rippling, earthy water and green banks of the river.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Arrive early in Banjul and travel by 4WD to a nearby village to watch the locals make cloudy white Sengga (palm tree wine). While it has the appearance of milk it can be quite potent, so remember to sip it slowly if you choose to sample some. This sweet and yeasty brew is the perfect accompaniment to the barbecue you’ll enjoy on the beach before returning to Banjul and setting sail on an overnight journey to Dakar.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Included Activities
  • 4 x 4 Paradise Beach and Local Village Visit
  • Beach BBQ
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Savour a farewell breakfast onboard and then return to the chaos of Dakar, where you can choose to stay on or continue your journey elsewhere.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship, 7 nights

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Saloum Delta Boat Trip
  • Joal Fadiouth Visit
  • Kunteh Kinteh Visit
  • Tendaba Baobolong Reserve afternoon excursion
  • Tendaba - Kiang West National Park morning excursion (including refreshments)
  • Baboon Island Cruise
  • Wassau Stone Circles Visit
  • 4 x 4 Paradise Beach and Local Village Visit
  • Beach BBQ

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

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