Split perfectly by its namesake river, wildlife-rich Gambia is one of those geographically perfect destinations for an adventure cruise.
The Gambia might be the smallest nation on mainland Africa, but it punches well above its weight. It’s a delightful mix of golden beaches, scenic lagoons, sleepy fishing villages and incredible biodiversity. On top of that, it experiences year-round sun; it’s no wonder the local are always smiling. Despite being wedged into Senegal, The Gambia has 80 kilometres (50 miles) of magnificent coastline – perfect for cruising on a small ship – thanks to the River Gambia that slices through it. You don’t need to venture far from this main artery to find some of The Gambia’s best treasures, such as a chimpanzee island reserve, national parks teeming with crocs and some intriguing historical relics.
Highlights of Gambia
Learn the history of Kunta Kinteh Island
Located at the mouth of the Gambia River, Kunta Kinteh Island (formerly James Island), was a longtime hub for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was also integral in its abolishment. Learn more about this history, as well as its retelling in Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots, exploring the island with a local guide.
Go birdwatching at Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve
With more than 550 bird species, The Gambia is a bone fide playground for twitchers. Nearly half of these species can be found in the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve. Transfer to a smaller boat to explore the reserve travelling its bolongs (creeks). Just don’t forget your binoculars and camera.
Cruise the islands of River Gambia National Park
Covering the Baboon Islands archipelago, River Gambia National Park is technically not open to the public, but there’s still plenty to see from the water. Cruise close to the shore and it’s possible to see hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and The Gambia’s famous birdlife. If you’re lucky, you may also see chimpanzees, who reside on the islands thanks to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project.
Excursions and experiences
Here are just a few of the experiences you'll share in Gambia.
- Get to know Bakau with a leader-led tour, known for its botanical gardens, crocodile pool and beaches.
- Visit the UNESCO-listed Kunta Kinteh Island and learn about its complex history with the help of a local guide.
- Explore Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve with a local guide, where you’ll see all kinds of wildlife including guinea baboons, crocodiles, hippos and rare local birds.
- Enjoy a taste of Gambian culture with an onboard concert featuring the kora, a 21-string long-neck harp lute used extensively in West Africa.
- See the mysterious, UNESCO-listed Wassu Stone Circles, a megalithic site believed to be an ancient burial ground for kings and chiefs.
The Peregrine difference
The Harmony G has the look of a luxury yacht without the luxury price tag. State-of-the-art stabilisers ensure your trip is as comfortable as possible. An outdoor dining area, sun deck and bar means you can spend as much time as possible soaking in the sun, or cool down in the stylish indoor dining room or lounge.
- Turndown service twice a day.
- Fully equipped laundry service.
- Use of kayaks, snorkels, stand-up paddleboards and fishing equipment.
- Towels for swimming.
- Swimming platform (weather permitting).
- Fully stocked bar with professional bartender (charges apply).
- Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment.
- Mini library.
- Board games.
- Central music.
- CD and DVD player.
- Audiovisual equipment in lounge.