Rivers of West Africa 6-day Cruise

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A local of Africa walking into the sunset.
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A variety of wildlife in Africa.
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A flock of flamingos creates a pink reflection on the water
Wildlife tour in  Africa
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A cheetah scouts for prey
Dining on the Harmony V.
Harmony V Dining room
Explore the rivers of West Africa on this unique 6-day African small ship cruise roundtrip from Banjul, Gambia. View stunning wildlife and encounter locals as you sail.

Day 1

    Banjul, The Gambia

    Embark on your vessel, the Harmony V, in the evening and overnight in Banjul.

    Day 2

      Banjul / Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

      Spend a morning in Banjul and take one of the half-day excursions offered: visit Bakau with its crocodile "katchikaly," its Botanic Garden, or a short Banjul Tour. After lunch, leave Banjul to sail upstream. Stop at St. James Island in the middle of the Gambia River. The first settlers on the island arrived in 1651; under British rule it became an important slave trading post in The Gambia. I In 1976 James Island became famous for its inclusion in Alex Haley's bestselling book "Roots," the story of a slave, Kunta Kinteh. The island was recently renamed Kunta Kinteh Island and is now a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

      After disembarking, listen to your guide as he provides 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.

      Day 3

        Tendaba, Gambia

        From the ship, take motor pirogues to reach Tendaba, located on the South Bank in the Lower River Division. This is the starting point of your morning optional excursion. Tendaba is a small fishing village with approximately 600 inhabitants of mainly Muslim faith 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 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 to return to Tendaba. On the way pass again local villages where you can 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 Tendaba.

        Day 4

          Gambia River / Kuntaur / River Gambia National Park, The Gambia

          Leave Tendaba and sail upstream on the Gambia River all morning. Early this afternoon, arrive in 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-hour 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 joins you onboard to give more information about the park and its fauna & flora.

          Turning around, 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 the 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.

          Day 5

            Kuntaur / Jangjanbureh / Kaur, The Gambia

            This morning, your optional excursion takes you by bus 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 to one of the oldest towns of The Gambia, formerly called Georgetown. DYour walk gives a broad impression of this laid back town; see the residence of the governor, the market, and the Methodist church with its school. Afterward take the ferry back and re-board the bus to reach Lamin Koto.

            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. 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. Celebrate with a Captain's farewell dinner. Overnight in Kaur.

            Day 6

              Kaur / Banjul

              Leave Kaur early in the morning and sail towards Banjul. Look for dolphins and other animal life in the wake of the ship. Arrive in Banjul around 4 PM and disembark after formalities.
              - Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
              - 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.
              Cruise fares include:
              - Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
              - Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two main meals daily
              - Regular (filter) coffee, tea and water free all day
              - Use of fishing equipment (subject to availability)
              - English Speaking Cruise Escort
              - Port charges (as shown and to be added extra to the cruise fare)
              - VAT

              Not included:
              - Beverages (except those mentioned above)
              - Shore excursions or other land arrangements
              - Crew tips
              - Passenger personal expenses
              - Passenger Visas whenever required
              - Port fees