Day 1 - Dakar
Day 2 - At Sea
Day 3 - Saloum Delta
Day 4 - Banjul
Day 5 - Tendaba
Day 6 - Kuntaur
Day 7 - Wassu / Kaur
Day 8 - At Sea
Day 9 - Dakar / Return Flight

Exploring the Roots of West Africa

Enjoy an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of West Africa

Join us for a fascinating exploration and discover the wildlife and fauna on the Rivers of West Africa aboard MY Harmony G. Cruise the waterways of Senegal and Gambia with the opportunity to visit 4 Nature Reserves and 4 UNESCO World Sites. Explore the painful but incredible history of the West African slave trade and the slave trading post of St. James, made famous by Alex Haley‘s bestseller “Roots”, the story of Kunta Kinte, a young man torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the new world.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
New Cruise
Small Ship Sailing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Group Size: 2 – 36

Day 1 Fly from London via Brussels to Dakar. Overnight at the 4-star Pullman Hotel.

Day 2 Morning excursion to Ile de Gorée, where a much quieter pace of life exists. Visit the House of Slaves, recording the history of the slave trade. Afternoon embarkation. Sail south towards the Saloum River Delta. Overnight sailing the coastline. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Arrive at the Sine-Saloum Delta, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, important for birding and aquatic mammals. Optional excursion to local villages, including lunch (€90). Sail to Banjul, gateway to the Gambia River. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Optional excursion to Bakau with its crocodile “katchikaly” and botanic garden including a short tour of Banjul (€35). Sail upstream to St. James Island, once a slave trading post, now renamed Kunta Kinteh Island. Disembark by tender and explore independently, optional excursion to St James Island (€15). Sail to Tendaba. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel by motor pirogues to Tendaba. Optional walking tour to Batelling, a village at the entrance to Kiang West National Park, rich in bird and wildlife, returning by open safari truck (€28). Afternoon optional boat tour to Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, featuring six bolongs (creeks), great for birding (€28). (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail to the bustling port town of Kuntaur. Optional excursion by pirogue with a national park ranger to Baboon Island and visit the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project (€71). Observe the chimps, as well as hippos, crocodiles, Red Colobus and Green Vervet monkeys. Overnight at Kuntaur. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Optional tour to Janjanbureh and Georgetown (€84), continue to Lamin Koto, the Variety Cruises school community project. Later stop at the stone circles in Wassu and its small museum. Travel to the small community of Kaur for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail towards Banjul. Dolphins and other wildlife may be sighted as we sail out of the Gambian estuary and into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Arrive Dakar, comprised of a jumble of villages, a former French colonial town with a unique urban vibrancy. Disembark and explore the frenetic markets and artists’ village to experience the rhythms of everyday Senegalese life. Afternoon free. Return overnight flight via Brussels. (B, L)

Day 10 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Sabena Brussels Airlines from London Heathrow, via Brussels
per person in a twin / (Lower Deck) Cat. C cabin

Date Price
January 11 £2595
February 1 £2595
February 8 £2595
February 15 £2695
February 22 £2695
Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 15th of September 2018 deduct £150 per person.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck: Cat. B Cabin £450
Single supplement £595
Main Deck: Cat. A Cabin £650
Single supplement £655
Upper Deck: Cat. P Cabin £995
Single supplement £795

Independent Arrival

Save £500
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £35

Price Includes
Air Travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 1 night hotel, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board on cruise and 2 lunches, tea/coffee/water on cruise, cruise director and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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