An exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the Rivers of west Africa
- Incredible bird-life
- Wonderful wild life on the river bank
- The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve
- Native markets
- A trip in a traditional pirogue
- The school funded by Variety Cruises’ clients
- The incredible Gambian people
This is a cruise with a difference, deep into the interior of West Africa along the length of the Gambia River. In many ways it’s a chance to follow in the footsteps of famous Explorers and discover the ‘dark continent’ at a leisurely pace, stopping at traditional fishing villages and colourful bustling market towns.
The first part of the itinerary runs along the Atlantic coast of Senegal and Gambia. Then we enter the river Gambia and sail 240 miles upstream, discovering the fascinating and hugely varied rich flora, fauna and bird life along the river banks. En route we make regular stops at towns and villages brim-full of amazing local colour and some of the friendliest people you can imagine. In all honesty it’s a unique experience that you can only make on a small vessel. And what a vessel you have – Harmony G, total air-conditioned comfort and exceptionally spacious wide decks from which to observe Africa sliding past.
If you’re new to this part of the world it really would be a shame not to extend your stay for a few days to really get acclimatised to the rich and colourful experience. The 5 star Terrou Bi hotel by the beach is the best place to to round up your trip. Just ask us and we will add it on.
Ports of call: Dakar – Banjul – Gambia River– Kantaur - Gambia River National Park – Kaur – Tendaba – Djiffere – Janjanbureh
The Yacht Cruise Experience
Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from the low 70’s in winter and up to the high 80’s or even 90’s in the height of Summer. The climate is typically desertic, giving warm or hot days with cooler nights and virtually no humidity.
DAKAR / SENEGAL
Late afternoon embarkation. Sail to the Saloun River Delta. Overnight at sea.
DJIFFERE – BANJUL
Morning arrival at Sine – Saloun. Optional excursion to Djiffere and Joal Fadiouth. Fishermen Night.
BANJUL – ABUKO NATURE RESERVE
Morning half day excursion to Bakau. Late afternoon to “Kunta Kinteh” and sail to Tendaba. Mediterranean Night in Africa.
Reach Tendaba by motor pirogues for a morning optional excursion. Optional excursion to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve
GAMBIA RIVER – KUNTAUR – RIVER GAMBIA NATIONAL PARK
Early afternoon arrival to Kuntaur. We board a large motor pirogue for a 3 hour optional excursion on The Gambia River
KUNTAUR – JANJANBUREH – KAUR
Morning optional excursion to Kuntaur. Through the generosity of Variety Cruises and of its guests, a new school building is being built. Sail to Kaur. Captains Farewell Dinner
KAUR – BANJUL
Afternoon arrival in Banjul and sail to Dakar. Gambian Night with Kora instrument Concert
Early morning arrival in Dakar. Disembarkation after breakfast.
The Yacht - M/Y Harmony G
The Harmony “G” is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 53 meter long / 7.2 meter wide Mega Yacht Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and in 2013.
It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising. Life on board centers around the Indoor / Outdoor lounge and its American bar, on Upper Deck.
The classy dining room located on Main Deck is surrounded by large windows. The spacious Sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery. The swimming platform on Harmony G stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||10.00 knots|
1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds
The Category C cabins are located on the lower deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
2 Lower Beds
The Category B cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
2 Lower Beds
The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
2 Lower Beds
The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
Cruise & Stay
Immerse yourself in the local ambience by extending your stay in 5* hotels in either Dakar or Banjul with our 1 night pre-cruise and 2 night post cruise stay in Dakar at the Radisson Blu Sea Plaza, or 2 night pre-cruise and 1 night post cruise stay at the 5* Kairaba hotel in Banjul. These packages are designed to fit perfectly with the flights to both destinations.
Rivers of West Africa2019 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
DEPARTURES FROM DAKAR or BANJUL
Vessel: M/Y Harmony G
|Departure dates from Dakar||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Special offer|
|Departure dates from Banjul|
Rivers of West Africa Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2019
|Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P|
|Return Flights & Transfers to Banjul inc luggage from||£395|
|3rd person reduction||30/%||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with ensuite SH/WC, individually controlled air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local themed party evening, fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment plus sea kayak (subject to availability).
- English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
- Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
Passenger personal expenses
Wi-Fi (available at charge)
From London Heathrow to Dakar via Madrid. Approximate duration 8 hours.
ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511
Dakar airport to harbour approximately 30-45 minutes by car.