Rivers of West Africa Cruise

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Unravelling the Rivers of west Africa

An exciting voyage of discovery

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.

Your Holiday Includes:

Return flights from the UK
In-destination transfers
7 Night Cruise on a Full board Basis
2 Night Hotel in Dakar on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Port Charges
ATOL Protection

Don’t miss…

Incredible bird-life

Wonderful wildlife 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

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Thursday – DAKAR

Fly to Dakar. You will be met on arrival in Dakar airport and transferred to the Radisson Blu hotel for a 2 night stay.

Friday – Dakar

Today you may book an optional Dakar and Goree Island tour. Goree island today is a Unesco site and serves as a reminder of human explotation. From the 15h to 19th century it was the largest slave trading centre on the West African Coast.

Saturday – Dakar

You will be transferred from your hotel to Dakar port for embarkation. Sail to the Saloun River Delta. Overnight at sea.

Embarkation Time: 14:00

Meals included : Breakfast & Dinner

Rivers of West Africa

Sunday – Djiffere – Banjul

Morning arrival at Sine – Saloun. Optional excursion to Djiffere and Joal Fadiouth. In the afternoon we leave Senegal and the Saloum delta and sail south to Gambia to reach Bajul. Fishermen
Night. Overnight in Banjul.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

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Monday – Banjul – Abuko Nature Reserve

Morning half day excursion to Baka: crocodile pool & botanical gardens and short tour of Banjul. Late afternoon we leave Banjul and sail to Tendaba. African Night. Overnight in Tendaba.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

Africa - Banjul - Abuko Nature Reserve

Tuesday – Tendaba

Morning optional excursion to Janjanbureh. Through the generosity of Variety Cruises and of its guests, a new school building is being built. Afternoon visit to the fishing village of Kaur, before we sail downstream to Banjul. Captains Farewell Dinner.

Morning optional excursion to Tendaba, small fishing village and Battelling: small village at the entrance to Kiang West National Park. The area boasts 250 species of birds, guinea baboons, bushbucks and warthogs.

In the afternoon optional excursion to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve. Overnight in Tendaba.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or 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

Wednesday – Gambia River – Kuntaur – River Gambia National Park

Early afternoon arrival at Kuntaur. We board a large motor pirogue for a 3 hour optional excursion on The Gambia River. First we will head to Baboon Island, one of the islands in the Gambia National Park. Overnight in Kuntaur.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

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

Thursday – Kuntaur – Janjanbureh – Kaur

Morning optional excursion to Janjanbureh. Through the generosity of Variety Cruises and of its guests, a new school building is being built. Afternoon visit to the fishing village of Kaur, before we sail downstream to Banjul. Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

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

Friday – Kaur – Banjul

In the morning we will anchor at St. James Island in the Gambia River, which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Optional walking tour. Afternoon arrival in Banjul and sail to Dakar. Gambian Night with Kora instrument concert.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

Unravelling the Rivers of west Africa

Saturday – DAKAR

Early morning arrival in Dakar. Disembarkation at 9am after breakfast. Transfer to Dakar airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included : Breakfast

Flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester.

All local transfers

2 nights at Radisson Blu hotel (Dakar) on a bed and breakfast basis

On Board M/Y Harmony G

Accommodation on board M/Y Harmony G for 7 nights in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.

Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening and Captain’s Dinner.

Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.

Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, sea kayak and stand up paddle boards (subject to availability).

Professional English speaking Cruise Director / Gambia River Naturalist

Port charges

Flights to Dakar are available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham.
All flights are indirect via either Madrid, Lisbon, Istanbul, Barcelona depending on the airline.
Exact flight details and timings will be advised at the time of booking. Flight supplement may apply.

Outbound – Thursday

  • Depart Heathrow:11:30 Arrive Madrid:15:00
  • Depart Madrid: 18:00 Arrive Dakar: 20:40

Inbound – Saturday

  • Depart Dakar:21:50 Arrive Madrid:-4:10
  • Depart Madrid: 07:00 Arrive Heathrow: 08:25

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

  • Dakar airport to Radisson blu hotel – approximately 1h 15 min
  • Radisson blu hotel to Dakar port (cruise embarkation) – approximately 30 min
  • Dakar port to Dakar airport – approximately 1h
  • Beverages except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional – recommend Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

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

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the Captain’s discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

The Weather

Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in winter and up to the high 20s or even low 30s in the height of Summer. The climate generally provides warm or hot days with cooler nights and virtually no humidity

Your vessel: The M/Y Harmony G

The Harmony “G” is a modern mega yacht with a sleek high-tech profile, boasting spacious and comfortable accommodation . At 53 meters long / 7.2 meters wide, she is large enough to offer superior comfort for up to 42 guests in 21 guest cabins.  whilst permitting access to small harbours and islands beyond the reach of large cruise ships. There is a spacious lounge and bar plus a dining room and a spacious sun deck. The vessel was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and again in 2013/14. She complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor & Outdoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Windows: upper & main deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category C
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • CD & DVD player
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
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 C

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

1 Double Bed or 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).

Harmony G Lounge Area

Lounge Area

Life on board centers around the Indoor/Outdoor lounge and its American Bar (inside/outdoor). The interior lounge has relaxing couches and comfortable lounge chairs where you can have a drink and gaze out of the large windows into the breathtaking sceneries you are cruising to.
Harmony G Sun Deck

Sundeck

The spacious sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun and just completely unwind, or you can just sit under the shaded area and let your senses drift while looking at the view.
HArmony G Dining Room

Dining Room

The classy dining room is located on the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views of the ports of call while it accommodates all guests at one single seating.
Harmony G Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor Dining Area

Located on the Upper Deck, the outdoor dining area provides beautiful views of the ports of call visited, and meals are served “al fresco” depending on the weather and the ship location. It accommodates all guests in one single seating and provides a high standard of cuisine, always with some local flavour.

Your Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza

Located in the affluent Fann Corniche area of Dakar, Radisson Blu is housed in a contemporary building with outdoor pool. It features nearby golfing facilities.

Air-conditioned rooms at Radisson Blu Dakar are fitted with marble floors and designer furnishings. They all include a flat-screen TV and en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers. Some rooms overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

Guests can enjoy a fusion of international dishes at the restaurant of the hotel. The chef also offers a modern take on traditional Senegalese specialities. Drinks and cocktails are served outdoor by the pool bar.

Located only 20 yards from the beach, Radisson Blu hotel is a base to explore Dakar’s IFAN Museum of West Africa and Gorée Island.

Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms

Superior room with garden view (included in your holiday)

The following room types are available with a supplement

  • Superior room with balcony sea view
  • Superior room with terrace garden view
  • Premium room with balcony sea view
  • Junior suite with balcony sea view
  • Royal suite with terrace sea view

The capital, Dakar, is a vibrant city famous for its lively markets and rich musical culture. Elsewhere, Senegal boasts beautiful colonial architecture, secluded beaches blessed with world-famous surf breaks, and remote riverine deltas teeming with wildlife.

Prices

december, 2022

Rivers Of West Africa flight inclusive package

Prices (£) per person from:
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory P
30/12/2023£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
06/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
13/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
20/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
27/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
03/02/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
10/02/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
17/02/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
Monday Departure dates from Banjul
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory P
01/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
08/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
15/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
22/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
29/01/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
05/02/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676
12/02/2024£3,250£3,858£4,206£4,676

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£4,604£5,517£6,039£6,743
3rd person£2,422n/an/a

Rivers Of West Africa

Prices (£) per person
Departure DatesCategory CEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category BEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category AEarly Booking Discount
Category A
Category PEarly Booking Discount
Category P
30/12/2023£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
6/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
13/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
20/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
27/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
3/2/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
10/2/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
17/2/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
Monday Departure dates from Banjul
Departure DatesCategory CEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category BEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category AEarly Booking Discount
Category A
Category PEarly Booking Discount
Category P
1/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
8/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
15/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
22/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
29/1/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
5/2/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045
12/2/2024£1,957£1,761£2,565£2,309£2,913£2,622£3,383£3,045

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy & port charges

 Category CEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category BEarly Booking Discount
Category C
Category AEarly Booking Discount
Category A
Category PEarly Booking Discount
Category P
Single use£2,935£2,642£3,848£3,463£4,370£3,933£5,074£4,567
3rd person£1,370£1,233N/AN/AN/A
Port charges£309£309£309£309

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