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The Rivers of West Africa aboard the MY Harmony V
    

Day-by-Day Itinerary Round trip from Dakar (Saturday departures)
Day 1 – DAKAR/SENEGAL
Late afternoon embarkation. After dinner, we set sail southward towards the Saloun River Delta.                           

Day 2 – Day 2 (Saturday): DJIFFERE - BANJUL/GAMBIA
The Sine-Saloun Delta is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and also an important Bird Area, as designated by Birdlife International, and natural habitat for many bird species but also for many aquatic animals such as marine turtles, dolphins, West African manatees and crocodiles.

Our optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where we reach the village of Joal Fadiouth, set on an island of clam shells that also are used in local buildings and crafts. Later after we sail southwards and reach Banjul, the capital of Gambia and gateway to the 700 mile Gambia River. Later in the evening we enter the Gambia River and sail upstream. Overnight on the river to Tendaba.

Day 3 -TENDABA/GAMBIA
This morning, our optional excursion takes us to Gambia’s Kiang West National Park, one of Africa’s last undisturbed tracts of savannah and a sanctuary for terrestrial wildlife, birdlife (more than 250 species), and the occasional primate.

In the afternoon we travel across the river to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, Gambia’s largest nature reserve, with a mangrove forest, salt marsh, and savannah woodland. You will sight migratory birdlife here and also may see spectacular fauna such as the clawless otter, Nile crocodile, West African manatee, hippopotamus, and the rare Sitatunga, a type of antelope that lives in the marsh. Another common sight along the river: local villagers farming rice. Overnight in Tendaba.

Day 4 – KUNTAUR/GAMBIA RIVER
Early morning we leave for a full day on the river as we sail to the bustling Gambian port town of Kuntaur, the last inland stop along the river that is navigable for ocean-going ships. As we wend our way through ever-narrowing stretches of waterway, we pass lush vegetation, wildlife, traditional thatched huts and villagers as they fish, pound millet, mend their nets, and tend their dugout canoes. Early this afternoon we reach Kuntaur, a traditional market for groundnuts (peanuts), the Gambia’s main export crop. We spend the night docked in Kuntaur.  

Day 5 – KUNTAUR - RIVER GAMBIA NATIONAL PARK - JANGJANBUREH
Today, we board on motor pirogues for the journey to River Gambia National Park, established in 1978 and comprising five uninhabited islands. As we explore the park by boat (tourists are forbidden from going ashore to prevent damage to the environment), we see up close its diverse ecosystems, including lush jungle rainforest, reeds, savannah, and mangrove swamps that harken to an earlier, undisturbed Africa.

In addition, we’re sure to see some of the chimpanzees living here, the aardvark, West African manatee, Nile crocodile, African claWest Africa Cruiseswless otter, monkeys, baboons, antelope, and crocodile. The park also represents the last refuge for the endangered hippo in The Gambia. We then travel on to the sleepy port town of Jangjanbureh, once a settlement for freed slaves, before returning to MY Pegasus. Overnight in Kuntaur.

Day 6 – CRUISING ON GAMBIA/BANJUL This morning we sail all day downstream the river, taking different routes from when we sailed upstream. We reach Banjul late this evening. Overnight in Banjul.

Day 7 – BANJUL - ABUKO AND MAKASUTU NATURE RESERVES
This morning we travel outside of Banjul to tiny Abuko Nature Reserve, a scant half-mile in area but rich in bio-diversity: The reserve boasts forest, perennial pools, more than 270 bird species, Nile crocodiles, and rare mammals such as green monkey, red colobus, bushbuck and Maxwell’s duiker. In the afternoon, we visit the Makasutu Reserve and the Gambia’s most prominent eco-tourism project. Comprising riparian forest, savannah, mangroves, and wetlands, the reserve hosts Guinea baboon, antelope and small carnivores, along with abundant birdlife.

We explore Makasutu by bush walk and by dugout canoe and also experience Gambian life up close through encounters with an Islamic holy man and a palm tapper. Later, we return to Banjul for a visit to the National Museum, with exhibits on native Gambian artifacts and culture. In the afternoon, we return to the ship and set sail northwards to Dakar/Senegal. Overnight at sea.

Day 8 – DAKAR/SENEGAL
We arrive in Dakar early in the morning. Disembarkation.

The itinerary is subject to weather conditions / The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

Day-by-Day Itinerary Round trip from Banjul (Sunday departures)

Day 1 (Sunday): Banjul/The Gambia

Embarkation at 7-10 pm. After accommodating yourselves on board the Harmony V comfortable cabins, a safety drill and information by the crew will be performed for your own security. Afterwards, you are inviting for dinner. Fishermen Night. Overnight in Banjul.

Day 2 (Monday): Banjul - Abuko Nature Reserves/The Gambia

The morning in Banjul will give you the opportunity to take the 1/2 day excursions offered to Bakau with its crocodile "katchikaly", its Botanic Garden and a short Banjul Tour. After lunch, we will leave Banjul and sail upstream. We 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, we leave "Kunta Kinteh" and sail upstream to reach Tendaba. Mediterranean Night in Africa. Overnight at dock in Tendaba.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Tendaba/The Gambia

From the ship we take motor pirogues in order to reach Tendaba, located on the South Bank in the Lower River Division, our starting point of our morning optional excursion. It is a small fishing village of mainly Muslim faith with approximately 600 inhabitants whose main occupation is fishing. From there we will 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, we will board an open safari truck which brings us back to Tendaba. On the way we pass again local villages where you get an impression of local life in The Gambia. In the afternoon, we 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 (Wednesday): Gambia River - Kuntaur - River Gambia National Park/The Gambia

Early morning we 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 we board a large motor pirogue for a 3 hours optional excursion cruise on The Gambia River. First we 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. Then we turn, 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 we are lucky from our motor pirogue we 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. We return to Kuntaur where we 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 (Thursday): Kuntaur – Jangjanbureh - Kaur/The Gambia

This morning, our optional excursion by bus takes us to the ferry station of Janjanbureh. There we board the local ferry for a short cruise over The Gambia River to Janjanbureh. We continue our 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 we take the ferry back and re board the bus to reach Lamin Koto. Through the generosity of Variety Cruises and of many of its clients, a new school building is being built. Later in the morning we 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, we 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 6 (Friday): Kaur - Banjul/The Gambia

We 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, we will 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 7 (Saturday): Dakar/Senegal

Early morning arrival in Dakar. After breakfast, we will take you in a optional excursion to Goree Island and Dakar city tour, an exploratory adventure of Dakar surroundings, inviting you to discover the traces of slave trading, and its transformation into today’s African modernity. The history makes room for the present development. Lunch outside the ship.Returning to the ship in late afternoon and preparing for dinner. After dinner, we set sail southward towards the Saloun River Delta. Overnight at sea, cruising southwards along the coast.

Day 8 (Sunday): Djiffere - Banjul/The Gambia

This morning we reach the Sine – Saloun Delta in Senegal, a 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. Our optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where we 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, we 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. Arrival in Banjul. Disembarkation upon arrival. We wish you a safe return home.


 

Departure Date Disembarkation Date Itinerary Cruise code
20-Dec-14 27-Dec-14 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-41993
27-Dec-14 3-Jan-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42000
3-Jan-15** 10-Jan-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42007
10-Jan-15** 17-Jan-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42014
17-Jan-15 24-Jan-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42021
24-Jan-15 31-Jan-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42028
31-Jan-15 7-Feb-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42035
7-Feb-15 14-Feb-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42042
14-Feb-15 21-Feb-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42049
21-Feb-15 28-Feb-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42056
28-Feb-15 7-Mar-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42063
7-Mar-15 14-Mar-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42070
14-Mar-15 21-Mar-15 Dakar Roundtrip HAV15-42077
**Low Season


Cabin Category

  High Season Rates

Low Season Rates

C - Main Deck - Double bedded cabins

$1,990

$1,791

B - Main Deck - Twin or Double bedded cabins

$2,390

$2,151

A - Upper Decks - Twin or Double bedded cabins

$2,790

$2,511

P - Upper Deck - Twin or Double bedded cabins

$3,200

$2,880

Reduction for 3rd person in a category A

30%

30%

Single Supplement

50%

50% 

Port Charges

$290

$300 

Excursion Package - MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE 
 

Cruise fares are per person and week and include the following:

  1. Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning. 
  2. Full board  : American buffet breakfast and two additional meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, Dalmatian Night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner. 
  3. Regular (filter) coffee , tea and water free all day. 
  4. Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability). 
  5. English Speaking Cruise Escort. 
  6. Port charges (as shown and to be added extra to the cruise fare) 
  7. VAT.  

Cruise fares do not include:

  1. Beverages (except those mentioned above) 
  2. Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements 
  3. Crew tips. 
  4. Passenger personal expenses 
  5. Passenger Visas whenever required 

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