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Tracing the West Coast of Africa

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Libreville, Gabon
Day 2 : Libreville | Embark
Day 3 : Santo Antonio, Príncipe, São Tomé & Príncipe
Day 4 : São Tomé
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Takoradi, Ghana
Day 8 : Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Monrovia, Liberia
Day 11 : Aberdeen, Sierra Leone
Days 12-13 : Orango Island Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau
Day 14 : Banjul, The Gambia
Day 15 : Dakar, Senegal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover island endemics on São Tomé & Príncipe
  • Walk among the treetops in Ghana’s Kakum National Park
  • Visit the Bissagos Archipelago, home to rare saltwater-adapted hippos
  • Explore Cape Coast Castle & Gorée Island, UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ship

Caledonian Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panoramic photo of beach in Senegal Unique architecture in Banjul Beautiful Sierra Leone, one of Africas most attractive destinations Colorful African pirogue canoes on the beach Turquoise waters along the shore near Dakar, Senegal
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Day 1 Libreville, Gabon

Arrive in Libreville in the late evening and transfer to the Radisson Blu Okoumé Palace Hotel for overnight.

Day 2 Libreville | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, depart on a city tour, visiting the local market, the lovely seafront boulevard, and stylish Louis Quarter known for its fashionable clubs, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy lunch at a lovely beachside restaurant, before embarking the Caledonian Sky in the early afternoon. 

Day 3 Santo Antonio, Príncipe, São Tomé & Príncipe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship will spend the day anchored off idyllic Bom Bom Resort on Príncipe’s northern tip. Birders and hikers set off for the lush interior to search for several species of endemic birds, including the Príncipe kingfisher, Príncipe sunbird, and endangered Príncipe speirops. The rest of the group will enjoy a tour of photogenic Santo Antonio, home to 1,500 welcoming residents, lovely Portuguese architecture, and colorful produce markets. This afternoon Zodiacs take you to Banana Beach for a swim in the warm waters with the option to snorkel among the ancient volcanic rocks. 

Day 4 São Tomé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out by Zodiac for the town pier at São Tomé. Drive into the interior for a short walk through picturesque forest to the stunning Sao Nicolau Waterfall. From here continue to the Monte Café Coffee Plantation for a guided tour and tasting of what some consider the world’s best coffee. You may then choose to enjoy lunch at the Bombaim plantation, view and photograph another beautiful waterfall, and continue to tiny, picturesque Trinidade Village. Or, opt for lunch in São Tomé and a tour of the Cathedral, the National Museum, the local artisan’s gallery, and enjoy a folkloric dance performance. 

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy two educational days at sea as lecturers recap your experiences in Gabon and São Tomé & Príncipe.  

Day 7 Takoradi, Ghana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning choose a tour of the Cape Coast Castle, a World Heritage Site, built by the Swedes in 1653 and subsequently conquered by the Danes, the Dutch, the local Fanti tribe, and finally the British, who established the seat of the British administration of the Gold Coast here until 1877. Or, elect to travel into the Kakum National Park for a rainforest canopy walk that includes one of the longest and highest suspended rope bridges in the world. Both groups enjoy lunch at a nearby beach resort before setting off to visit the 15th-century Portuguese Elmina Fort—Africa’s oldest permanent building.  

Day 8 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cosmopolitan Abidjan is the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire and a city tour takes you through the business district of Le Plateau, filled with gleaming sky-scrapers, chic boutiques, and outdoor cafes. Observe interesting colonial architecture and colorful markets as you continue on to Abodo, Africa’s largest outdoor laundry where hundreds of Fanicos (washers) crowd together in a stream to wash their clients’ clothes.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your day at sea attending lectures on western Africa’s momentous history, diverse cultures, and natural wonders. 

Day 10 Monrovia, Liberia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Liberia’s capital and most populous city boasts beautiful beaches, a thriving culinary scene, and a fascinating history. Visit the National Museum which traces Liberia’s tumultuous history, and browse the bustling Waterside Market, where you can find colorful textiles, leather goods, and pottery.

Day 11 Aberdeen, Sierra Leone

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today arrive in Aberdeen, a suburb of Freetown, with beautiful white-sand beaches lined with lively shops and restaurants. Permission pending, visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, set in a spectacular rainforest habitat.

Day 12-13 Orango Island Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Just off the coast of Guinea Bissau, the Bissagos Archipelago is protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Today, join naturalists to explore Joao Viera and Poilao Marine National Park, an important nesting site for green, hawksbill, and olive ridley turtles, as well as several species of terns.

The next day, visit Parque Nacional do Grupo de Ilhas de Orango. Spend the day exploring this unique habitat that is home to rare, saltwater-adapted hippos, crocodiles, five species of marine turtles, and the African manatee. In the afternoon, meet with the lovely Bijagos people to learn about their traditional matriarchal system. 

Day 14 Banjul, The Gambia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Birders set out this morning for the Abuko Nature Reserve where more than 290 bird species can be seen—including African paradise flycatchers, violet turacos, little greenbuls, and Abyssinian rollers. A second group departs for a tour of the Makasutu Culture Forest showcasing the five ecosystems protected here. Traditional Joal tribal dancing, a pirogue ride, and palm wine tasting are highlights. During lunch, sail upriver to Albreda Village and Kunta Kinteh Island, a World Heritage Site, where The Gambia’s slave history began.

Day 15 Dakar, Senegal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, visit the infamous slave-trading center, Gorée Island, including the moving 18th-century House of Slaves, the Women’s Museum, and the fortified Le Castel. An afternoon tour of Dakar includes the Great Mosque, French colonial buildings, the President’s Palace, and the impressive new African Renaissance Monument.
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Per person starting at
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Your suite on the Caledonian Sky features three portholes
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Category 1
Averaging 240 sq. ft. and have three portholes. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Relax in your category 2 suite on the Caledonian Sky
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Category 2
Averaging 230 sq. ft. and have large picture windows. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Your stateroom on the Caledonian Sky is large and allows great light
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Category 3
Averaging 220 sq. ft. with a picture window. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Greet the day through your sliding glass window
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Category 4
Averaging 220 sq. ft. with direct deck access via a sliding glass door. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Your cabin on the Caledonian Sky has a sliding glass door and two portholes
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Category 5
Averaging 240 sq. ft. and direct deck access via a sliding glass door. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
Sail in comfort aboard the Caledonian Sky
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Category 6
Averaging 215 sq. ft. and pave patio doors leading to private balconies. Two twin beds convertible into one queen bed, sitting area, well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.

Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Included:
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
  • Airfare from your home city/Libreville and Dakar/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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