Rivers of West Africa« All Pegasus cruise options
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|Category C||Category B||Category A|
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|$1000-$3000||All May through October Departures|
|25%||November 2013-April 2014 departures|
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- Please note that shore excursions are offered at additional costs.
- Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.
Day 1 Dakar, Senegal - Embark
Embarkation and sailing south to Saloun Delta. After dinner, set sail southward towards the Saloun River Delta. Overnight at sea, south along the coast.
Day 2 Djiffere - Banjul/The Gambia
This morningreach the Sine – Saloun Delta in Senegal, an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and also an Important Birding Area, as designated by Birdlife International and natural habitat for many bird species but also such aquatic animals as marine turtles, dolphins, West African manatees and crocodiles.
Your optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where you will 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 Saloun 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.
Day 3 Banjul - Abuko Nature Reserves/The Gambia
The morning in Banjul will give you the opportunity to take one of the 2 optional 1/2 day excursions offered: the Abuko Nature reserve & Banjul Town, or the excursion to Bakau with its crocodile "katchikaly", its Botanic Garden and again a short Banjul Tour. After lunch, leave Banjul and sail upstream. Stop at St. James Island in the middle of the Gambia River. The first settlers on the island arrived in 1651 and under the British rule it became an important slave trading post in The Gambia. In 1976 James island became famous due to the author Alex Haley and its bestseller book "Roots" and the story of a slave, called Kunta Kinteh. The island was recently renamed Kunta Kinteh Island and is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
After disembarking by local tenders your local guide will tell you more about the history of James Island and afterwards you will have some time to explore this island by yourself. Late on the afternoon, leave "Kunta Kinteh" and sail upstream to reach Tendaba. Greek night in Africa - Overnight at dock in Tendaba.
Day 4 Tendaba/The Gambia
From the ship take motor pirogues in order to reach Tendaba, located on the South Bank in the Lower River Division, your starting point of your morning optional excursion. It is a small fishing village of mainly Muslim faith with approximately 600 inhabitants whose main occupation is fishing. From there walk through to Batelling, a small village at the entrance to Kiang West National Park. The area boasts of over 250 species of birds; many of which are difficult to observe anywhere else. Other residents include Guinea baboons, bushbuck, warthogs, Senegal bushbaby and marsh mongoose.
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 will be 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.
Day 5 Gambia River - Kuntaur - River Gambia National Park
Early morning leave Tendaba and sail upstream on the Gambia River all morning to reach Kuntaur. Early afternoon arrival to the bustling Gambian port town of Kuntaur, the last inland stop along the river that is navigable for ocean-going ships. Later in the afternoon board a large motor pirogue for a 3 hours optional excursion cruise on The Gambia River. First head to the southernmost tip of Baboon Island, one of the five islands of The Gambia National Park. There a local national park ranger is joining us onboard in order to give more information about the park and its fauna & flora.
The motor pirogue slows down and sails slowly back to Kuntaur following closely the shores of Baboon Island. This island is home of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project. If you are lucky from our motor pirogue you can closely observe the chimps with minimal intrusion. 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 will be 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.
Day 6 Kuntaur – Jangjanbureh - Kaur
This morning, your optional excursion by bus takes you to the ferry station of Janjanbureh. There board the local ferry for a short cruise over The Gambia River to Janjanbureh. Continue your excursion with a visit of one of the oldest towns of The Gambia, formerly called Georgetown. During the walk you get an impression of this laidback town and see the residence of the governor, the market and the Methodist church with its school. Afterwards take the ferry back and re board the bus to reach Lamin Koto.
Through the generosity of the Pegasus 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. You will 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 will have the opportunity to walk around this small community and see how Gambians live today. Captains farewell dinner/Overnight in Kaur.
Day 7 Kaur - Banjul
Leave Kaur early in the morning and sail further downstream towards Banjul. Dolphins and other animal life will be sighted. Arrival in Banjul around 4 pm. After formalities, later in the evening, sail out of the Gambia estuary into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar. Gambian night with Kora instrument concert. Overnight at sea to Dakar.
Day 8 Dakar, Senegal - Disembark
Early morning arrival in Dakar. Disembarkation after breakfast.
Itinerary NotesCruise Fares include:
- shipboard accommodations
- ocean transportation
- all meals and on board entertainment as specified
Cruise fares do not include:
- port charges
- fuel surcharge
- travel insurance
- optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted)
- shore excursions
- items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, etc.
- Rates do not reflect port charges: please add $290 per person.
Dakar, Senegal Pre or Post Cruise Option
A three day land extension is available for either pre or post cruise. Spend two nights at the Terrou Bi Hotel in Dakar and enjoy an excursion to Goree Island, the infamous trading point from which slaves were sent to the American Continent. Transfers to/from the ship and the airport are included. Please contact us for details.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|61 days or more||Deposit|
|60-31 days||30% cruise cost|
|30-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 49
The twin-hulled Pegasus accommodates up to 49 guests in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. On board enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll the 2,550 square feet of open deck.
Relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean-view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasus stern enables guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
Built in 1990, the Pegagus was completely refitted in 1997 and renovated in the winter of 2009-10 for your complete comfort.
Accommodations on board the Pegasus
Lower Deck - 1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Bed Cabins (inside cabins). Spacious cabins located on the Lower Deck, they are equipped with a private shower and toilet, individual climate control, radio, telephone and TV.
Main & Sun Decks - 1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Bed Cabins. Spacious cabins located on the Main Deck and on the Sun Deck with large windows offering unique views of the destinations you visit. They are equipped with a private shower and toilet, individual climate control, radio, telephone and TV.
Upper & Main Decks - 1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Bed Cabins. The Category A cabins are spacious cabins located with large windows offering unique views of the destinations you visit. They are equipped with a private shower and toilet, individual climate control, radio, telephone and TV.
Life on board the Pegasus
The Dining room is located on the upper deck and is a spacious area surrounded with large windows, and can accommodate all clients in one seating. Enjoy warm hospitality and the chef's superb creations, choosing from a wide variety of international and local dishes.
This friendly, elegant bar is one of the most popular spots on the ship and an ideal setting for personal moments. Talk with your old friends or make new ones over a refreshing drink.
Relax on the outside shaded restaurant on the aft of the Pegasus. Enjoy ocean-view delightful meals while dining al fresco.
Length: 45.00 meters
Breadth: 11.00 meters
Draft: 3.00 meters
Crew: 16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed: 10.00 knots
Lower deck, 1 double bed or 2 lower twin beds. Inside cabins, private facilities, individual climate control, telephone and TV.
Main and Sun decks, 1 double bed or 2 lower twin beds. Large window, private facilities, individual climate control, telephone and TV.
Upper and Main decks, 1 double bed or 2 lower twin beds. Large window, private facilities, individual climate control, telephone and TV.