Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Rivers of West Africa

Journey along the waterways of Senegal and Gambia to observe the rich wildlife, meet the incredible Gambian people and explore colourful bustling market towns and traditional fishing villages of West Africa. This 7-night cruise with a difference includes return flights from the UK and transfers.

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1268pp

Megayacht Holiday
  • Banjul Community
  • Banjul, The Gambia
  • The Gambia community
  • Kunta Kinteh Island
  • Motor Pirgoues West Africa
  • River Scene The Gambia

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Rivers of West Africa Special Offer

Journey deep into West Africa and cruise along the Atlantic Coast of Senegal and Gambia on this 7-night fly-cruise. Marvel at the wonderful wildlife and bird life on the river banks, explore 4 Natural Reserves, visit fantastic Native Markets and interact with the amazing Gambian people.

Visit the Katchikaly Sacred Crocodile Pool of Bakaur and explore UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Senegal with its abundance of remarkable birdlife. Learn about the dark yet fascinating history of slave trading on the intriguing St. James Island which was the setting for the true novel ‘Roots’.

From a traditional pirogue, spot chimps in their natural habitat on Baboon Island before enjoying a performance by the local dance group 'Kankurang' in Kuntaur. In Lamin Koto, visit school funded by Variety Cruises’ clients and gain an insight into how Gambian’s live today in the delightful village of Kaur.

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Rivers of West Africa

Day 1 - UK - Dakar (Senegal)

Fly from the UK to Dakar. Arrive in Dakar and board Harmony G. After a delicious dinner, set sail southward towards the Saloum River Delta and spend the night sailing along the coast.

Day 2 - Djiffere (Senegal) - Banjul (Gambia)

This morning, arrive at the Sine-Saloum Delta; a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Senegal. This area was designated as an 'Important Bird Area' by Birdlife International as it is a natural habitat teeming with an array of bird species as well as marine turtles, dolphins, West African manatees and crocodiles. Perhaps join the optional excursion which begins in the primitive fishing village of Djiffere and visits the village of Joal Fadiouth which sits on an island of clam shells that are often used in local buildings and crafts. This afternoon, leave the Saloum Delta River and sail to Banjul, the unspoilt capital city of Gambia. Enjoy a Fishermen themed night on board before mooring overnight in Banjul.

Day 3 - Banjul - Bakau

In 2019, spend the morning enjoying the optional half day tour of Bakau, visiting its Katchikaly Sacred Crocodile Pool and the Botanical Gardens. After lunch, set sail upstream to the fascinating St. James Island which is situated in the middle of the Gambia River and was once an important slave trading post under British rule after the first settlers had arrived in 1651. The island shot to fame in 1976 after author Alex Haley told the extraordinary story of a slave named Kunta Kinteh in his bestselling book 'Roots'. St James Island has since been renamed Kunta Kinteh Island and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the island during a tour with a local guide before taking some time to explore the island at leisure. Set sail upstream for Tendaba late this afternoon and enjoy a Mediterranean themed night on board before docking overnight at Tendaba. In 2020, enjoy the optional half day tour of Bakau, before cruising upstream to Tendaba, arriving late evening.

Day 4 - Tendaba

This morning, journey into Tendaba on a motor pirogue to begin the optional morning excursion. Walk from the small fishing village of Tendaba to Batelling, a small village at the entrance to Kiang West National Park. Witness the spectacular bird life that occupies this area; over 250 different species can be observed here, many of which cannot often be observed anywhere else. The area is also home to Guinea baboons, bushbuck, warthogs, Senegal bushbaby and marsh mongoose. After a refreshing stop in Batelling, hop on an open safari truck and journey through local villages where you can get a real sense of life in Gambia before returning to Tendaba. After lunch, the motor pirogues will take you to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve for the optional afternoon excursion. The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve sits across from Kiang West National Park and features six major creeks (also known as bolongs) which provide great birding and boating opportunities. Look out for the rare birds that reside here including the Pel’s fishing owl and brown-necked parrot.

Day 5 - Kuntaur - River Gambia National Park

Spend the morning sailing upstream along the Gambia River to the bustling port town of Kuntaur. This is the last inland stop along the river that is navigable for ocean-going ships. This afternoon, board a large motor pirogue for the optional excursion along the Gambia River. Head to the southernmost tip of Baboon Island where a local national park ranger will join us on board to tell us about the park and its fauna & flora. Next, sail slowly along the coast of Baboon Island which is home to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project; from the motor pirogue we will hopefully be able to observe the chimps in their natural habitat with minimal intrusion. There is also the possibility of seeing hippos, crocodiles, Red Colobus and Green Vervet monkeys. Return to Kuntaur and enjoy a performance by the local dance group 'Kankurang' on the local pier, the 'Kankurang' are believed to have spiritual powers that can ward off evil spirits.

Day 6 - Kuntaur - Jangjanbureh - Kaur

On this morning's optional excursion, take a bus to the Jangjanbureh ferry port and board the local ferry for a short cruise to the island of Janjanbureh. Enjoy a guided tour of Georgetown, one of the oldest towns of the Gambia and visit its residence of the governor, the market and the Methodist church with its school. Next, visit Lamin Koto where a new school is being built thanks to the generosity of Variety Cruises and many of its clients before heading to the mysterious stone circles in Wassu, a megalithic site believed to be a burial ground thousands of years ago. Explore this extraordinary archaeological site which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit its museum. After Lunch, sail downstream to the fishing village of Kaur where you will have the opportunity to walk around this small community and gain an insight into how Gambians live today. Enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 7 - Kaur - Banjul

In 2019, leave Kaur early and lookout for dolphins and other wildlife as you sail downstream towards Banjul. Arrive in Banjul at around 4pm and after formalities, set sail out of Gambia estuary into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar. For your final evening on board, enjoy a Gambian themed night with a Kora instrument Concert. In 2020, moor at St James Island in the middle of the Gambia River, which became famous due to the book "Roots". The island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join the optional waling tour. After lunch, set sail to Banjul, arriving around 4pm. After formalities, cruise out of the Gambia estuary and into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar.

Day 8 - Dakar (Senegal) - UK

Arrive in Dakar early this morning and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board yacht cruise on Harmony G or Harmony V
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, Captain's Dinner and themed dinners such as Fishermen Night, Mediterranean Night and Gambian Night.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water available all day, plus abundant fresh fruit
  • Services of a Cruise Coordinator

Price Does Not Include

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Port Taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Dakar Extension Enjoy a 1-night pre-cruise stay and a 2-night post-cruise stay at the Radisson Blu Sea Plaza in Dakar - from £410pp
  • Banjul Extension Enjoy a 2-night pre-cruise stay and a 1-night post-cruise stay at the Kairaba hotel in Banjul - from £295pp
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 11th - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1486
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1486 Blue Water price from: £1724 Blue Water price from: £2031 Blue Water price from: £2372
    • Jan 18th - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1486
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1486 Blue Water price from: £1724 Blue Water price from: £2031 Blue Water price from: £2372
    • Jan 25th - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1486
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1486 Blue Water price from: £1724 Blue Water price from: £2031 Blue Water price from: £2372
  • February
    • Feb 1st - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1268
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1268 Blue Water price from: £1459 Blue Water price from: £1704 Blue Water price from: £1977
    • Feb 8th - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1486
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1486 Blue Water price from: £1724 Blue Water price from: £2031 Blue Water price from: £2372
    • Feb 15th - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1268
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1268 Blue Water price from: £1459 Blue Water price from: £1704 Blue Water price from: £1977
    • Feb 22nd - Dakar (Senegal) and back - Sailing on: Harmony V From: £1486
      Category C Category B Category A Category P
      Brochure Price from: £1850 Brochure Price from: £2168 Brochure Price from: £2577 Brochure Price from: £3031
      Blue Water price from: £1486 Blue Water price from: £1724 Blue Water price from: £2031 Blue Water price from: £2372
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