An optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where you reach the village of Joal Fadiouth, set on an island of clam shells that also are used in local buildings and crafts. In the afternoon, leave Senegal and the Saloum Delta and sail south to Gambia to reach Banjul, the capital of Gambia and gateway to the 700-mile Gambia river. Fishermen night. Overnight in Banjul.
After disembarking by local tenders your local guide offers more information about the history of James Island and afterwards you have some time to explore this island by yourself. Late on the afternoon, leave "Kunta Kinteh" and sail upstream to reach Tendaba. Mediterranean night in Africa. Overnight at dock in Tendaba.
After a refreshing stop in Batelling, board an open safari truck which brings you back to Tendaba. On the way pass again local villages where you get an impression of local life in the Gambia. In the afternoon, you are picked up from the ship by motor pirogues for another optional excursion to the Bao Bolong Wetland reserve. This reserve, lying across from Kiang West National Park, features six major bolongs (creeks) that provide great birding and boating opportunities. Numerous rare and migratory birds also reside here including the Pel’s fishing owl, African fin foot and brown necked parrot. Overnight docked in Tedaba.
Then turn, the motor pirogue slows down and sails slowly back to Kuntaur following closely along the shores of Baboon island. This island is home to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project. If you are lucky, you can closely observe the chimps with minimal intrusion from your motor pirogue. There is also the possibility of seeing hippos, crocodiles, Red Colobus, Green Vervet monkeys and also The Gambia’s famous birdlife. Return to Kuntaur where you are met by the “Kankurang” and a local dance group on the pier. Believed to have spiritual powers, the “Kankurang” dispenses justice and wards off evil spirits. Overnight docked in Kuntaur.
Through the generosity of your ship and of many of its clients, a new school building is being built. Later in the morning stop at the mysterious stone circles in Wassu, a megalithic site believed to be a burial ground thousands of years ago. Visit the little museum of this archaeological site, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. In the afternoon, after lunch, sail downstream to Kaur a small fishing village on the banks of the Gambia. You have the opportunity to walk around this small community and see how Gambians live today. Captains farewell dinner. Overnight in Kaur.
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|Port charges: $300 per person|
|Port charges: $300 per person|
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|60-31 days||30% cruise cost|
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