In the evening, attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party. Here the Captain will introduce his senior officers and various members of the Silver Explorer crew.
As an alternate excursion, take a hike at the Namib Rand. The Schanzen Trail provides a scenic walk among mountains that will take your breath away. After some welcoming refreshments, make a quick stop at the Garub waterhole to view the wild horses of the area before returning to Silver Explorer.
Scenic Dunes Flight
Take advantage of an optional excursion that will provide an unparalleled opportunity to see the famous Sossusvlei Dunes from the air, a site very difficult to access by land. Following the (normally dry) Kuiseb River, fly over Sesriem Canyon then along the Tsauchab river valley where the freestanding but static dunes tower up to 250 metres above the plain. The dune belt runs north to south for over 70 km between Sossusvlei and the Atlantic. Upon reaching the coast, head north over deserted mining camps and seal colonies to Conception Bay and the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen. This optional Silver Shore excursion will operate only if weather/fog conditions permit.
In the evening, gather together again for a three-course meal in a spectacular desert location. Away from all habitation, there is virtually no ambient light in the coastal dunes and the stars often put on an amazing show. Soft lights, candles, crisp white tablecloths, sparking chinaware and glasses enhance the special ambiance of our unforgettable evening.
Begin your second day in Walvis Bay with an early morning boat cruise in the protected outer lagoon area where the water is calm and abundant with bird life. Enjoy photographic opportunities as playful Haviside’s and bottlenose dolphins frolic in the boat’s wake and pelicans fly low overhead. Pass fishing factories and foreign ships in the port and conclude your excursion with a taste of fresh Walvis Bay oysters and local "champagne."
Before returning to the ship, visit the "old city" in the little town of Namibe, to see its baroque architecture, old stadium and churches.
During an optional full-day tour, experience coffee culture at Sao Tome's highest plantation estate and learn how coffee is still processed in the traditional manner. Travel along the east coast to enjoy the view of Ilheu de Santana. In Agua Ize we will stop at the Miradouro d'Agua Ize viewpoint and visit the cocoa plantation to meet with a local historian. On our way, pass by Rio Io Grande before continuing to Boca do Inferno, which is a natural blowhole. Before continuing your exploration, stop to enjoy a Creole-fusion lunch and traditional performance at a local restaurant or plantation house.
Sao Tome is also an ornithologist’s paradise. As an alternate choice, guests may join a birding tour led by our onboard ornithologist. During this outing we hope to see some of Sao Tome’s native flora (700 species including a hundred orchids) as we search for the 143 bird species that have been identified here including rare endemic species like the Sao Tome short tail, Sao Tome giant sun bird, and Sao Tome fiscal shrike.
Before enjoying lunch ashore at a local beach resort, visit Lobe Falls, one of the few waterfalls in the world that falls straight into the ocean. Birders often delight in our afternoon birding excursion on the Lobe River before heading back to the Silver Explorer just after sunset.
In the late morning gather at the "Jungle Village" for a cultural presentation of various dances from all over Cameroon. Cameroonians are famed for their skilled wooden carvings including masks, and Silversea has arranged for various craftsmen to come to display and sell their goods today. This is a great opportunity to purchase some fantastic souvenirs.
Before lunch on board, also visit the Limbe Wildlife Center. This is home to a variety of critically endangered wildlife species and your visit offers an opportunity to see a variety of primate species including ellioti chimpanzee, drill monkey, western lowland and Cross River gorillas, plus several species of long-tailed monkeys such as the locally endemic Preuss’s guenon. During a short lecture, learn more about the center’s wonderful work as well as their struggles and successes in educating the local population on the importance of conservation. After lunch visit the remains of the 1999 Mt. Cameroon volcanic eruption via shuttle bus service.
Historically, Ouidah was one of the busiest of the West African slave embarkation points. Along with Goree Island in Senegal and the village of Juffure in the Gambia River, Ouidah is an important reminder of the slave trade that occurred along the West Africa shores. On your visit, walk along the "Route des Esclaves" down to the shoreline where there is an imposing arch with bas-relief sculpture to memorialize the people who were shipped out from here.
After lunch at a local beach resort, travel on small motorboats to visit a fishing village built on stilts on Lake Nokoue. Ganvie village is made up of bamboo houses resting on teak stilts, perched above the water. The village is scattered and all travel between homes is done in wooden boats on the waterways that separate them. During your visit, see the floating market and boatloads of chattering children heading to and from school. The welcoming Tofinu people like to show off their fishing skills.
During lunch in the forest, our friends from Kouma Village will introduce us to the local Ewa culture with a performance of traditional song and dance. On our return journey, we will stop is at a bush school in a traditional Ewa village where we will meet the teacher and school children. We will learn about the difficulties and importance of education in these rural areas. Once back in Lome, we will enjoy local entertainment by traditional dancers later this evening on board Silver Explorer.
This morning set out to explore the Gold Coast area on a drive to Elmina Village and a tour of Elmina Castle, which was built in 1482 and is said to be the oldest European-built structure outside of Europe.
Continue to the notorious Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle was the seat of the British Colonial administration until 1877 and is known for its role in the ancient slave trade. Visit the museum, view the dungeons that once held hundreds of men and women in unspeakable conditions as they awaited deportation across the Atlantic as slaves, and see how a tunnel that once led male prisoners from the dungeon to the beach and the waiting slave ships has been converted into a fresh water cistern.
Alternatively, travel inland to visit the Kakum National Park, a 357-square-km park comprising undisturbed virgin rainforest. Join our natural history staff and local guides for a walking tour through the forest and on a canopy walkway, offering an opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game.
Following each morning tour, enjoy lunch at a nearby beach resort before returning to Takoradi and sailing to Sierra Leone.
During an afternoon tour you may be able to visit a local community clinic where you can see the work of volunteers and the Greatest Goal Ministries, a US non-profit organization. In addition, you might even catch a soccer match played on the beach near Lumley. Team members were affected by the horrible civil war and have lost one or both of their legs and form part of an amazing amputee soccer club! We also hope to visit the Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary to learn more about these primates and their struggle to survive in a country where the bush meat trade is still a very serious problem.
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