Rivers of West Africa

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

7-night 8 Day cruises starting From Dakar or Banjul

Follow in the footsteps of famous Explorers and discover West Africa. The ‘Rivers of West Africa’ cruise sails from Dakar in Senegal with the 25 – cabin Mega Yacht Harmony G. Your vessel will sail upstream at a leisurely pace stopping at traditional fishing villages and colourful bustling market towns.

The first part of the itinerary is along the Atlantic coast of Senegal and Gambia where we enter the river Gambia and sail up to 240 miles upstream discovering the fascinating interior with its rich flora and fauna. The optional daily excursion programme includes visits to several national parks as well as the city of Banjul, Gambia’s fascinating capital.

The Harmony G will be your home from home on this wonderful cruise. With 21 comfortable cabins, exceptionally spacious public areas and wide decks from which to observe life on the river, she is ideally suited to this unique cruise experience.

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

Classical Greece 2017 on the 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

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 B

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 A

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).

Prices

Rivers of West Africa

2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON

DEPARTURES FROM DAKAR or BANJUL
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PEarly Booking DiscountDeparture from
14/04/2018£1,409£1,773£2,045£2,682-10%Dakar
21/04/2018£1,409£1,773£2,045£2,682-10%Dakar

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2018

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£227£227£227£227
Flights inc luggage from£695£695£695£695
Transfers from£110£110£110£110
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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