Rivers of West Africa

An exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the Rivers of west Africa

Special Offer

40% Discount

All 2019 Departures

Don’t miss…

  • 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.

Don’t miss…

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.

Your vessel: The flagship of our fleet - M/Y Harmony G

Ports of call: Dakar – Banjul – Gambia River– Kantaur - Gambia River National Park – Kaur – Tendaba – Djiffere – Janjanbureh

The Yacht Cruise Experience

The Weather

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.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Saturday Embarkation from Dakar or Sunday Embarkation from Banjul

RIVERS OF WEST AFRICA

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.

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.

BANJUL – ABUKO NATURE RESERVE

Morning half day excursion to Bakau. Late afternoon to “Kunta Kinteh” and sail to Tendaba. Mediterranean Night in Africa.

TENDABA Reach Tendaba by motor pirogues for a morning optional excursion. Optional excursion to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve

TENDABA

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

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

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

KAUR – BANJUL


Afternoon arrival in Banjul and sail to Dakar. Gambian Night with Kora instrument Concert

DAKAR/SENEGAL Early morning arrival in Dakar. Disembarkation after breakfast.

DAKAR/SENEGAL

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.

M/YHarmony G
Launched Rebuilt2001
Renovated2013
Length54.00 meters
Breadth7.10 meters
Draft3.65 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins21

Cabins

Harmony G Cabin category C

Category C:

Lower Deck

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).

Harmony G Cabin Category A

Category B:

Main Deck

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).

Harmony G Cabin category B

Category A:

Main Deck

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).

Harmony G Cabin Category P

Category P:

Upper Deck

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.

Radisson Blu Sea Plaza

Dakar

3 night add-on including transfers

from £410pp

Kairaba

Banjul

3 night add-on including transfers

from £295 pp

Prices

Rivers of West Africa

2019 PRICES (£) PER PERSON

DEPARTURES FROM DAKAR or BANJUL
Vessel: M/Y Harmony G
Departure dates from DakarCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PSpecial offer
12/01/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
19/01/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
26/01/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
02/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
09/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
16/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
23/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
Departure dates from Banjul
14/01/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
21/01/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
280/1/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
04/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
11/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
18/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%
25/02/2019£1,455£1,773£2,182£2,63640%

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2019

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£245£245£245£245
Return Flights & Transfers to Banjul inc luggage from£395
Single supplement30%30%30%30%
3rd person reduction30/%N/AN/AN/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.
Crew tips.
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.

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