We’re delighted to once again offer our guests the chance to explore West Africa via its network of rivers, by embarking on a memorable cruise aboard the beautiful Harmony V Mega Yacht, complete with a range of optional excursions.
Travel dates and more about the Harmony V Mega Yacht
Taking place throughout January and February 2020 and departing Mondays from the capital, Banjul, guests can choose to enjoy a 4-night cruise aboard this beautifully elegant, fully equipped modern yacht. With contemporary, light guest rooms, a sundeck, classy dining room and lounge bar among some of the boat’s facilities, you’ll enjoy luxury and comfort during your exploration of The Gambia. Discover its unique history, culture and wildlife and witness scenes of local life as you cruise its waterways. With an English-speaking cruise director and a maximum of 49 guests, this is an opportunity to experience unique cruising in an intimate environment.
4-night cruise itinerary and optional excursions
Day 1: Embark the yacht at 4pm and set sail upriver to Tendaba, where you’ll dock overnight.
Day 2: Your first full day offers two optional excursions, one on foot to explore Tendaba and Kiang West National Park along with its wildlife, the other to discover Baobolong Reserve aboard motorised pirogues.
Day 3: In the morning, set sail along the River Gambia to reach Kuntaur, a bustling Gambian port. During the afternoon, you can embark on an optional river excursion which passes Baboon Islands in the River Gambia National Park to witness the amazing resident chimps in their natural habitat, alongside other wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, birdlife and monkeys. You’ll also get the chance to meet the local dance group, ‘Kankurang’ before staying overnight in Kuntaur.
Day 4: With the yacht staying in Kuntaur, you can choose to enjoy an excursion to Janjanbureh, one of The Gambia’s oldest towns, afterwards visiting the school of Lamin Koto. You’ll also get the opportunity to visit the stone circles in Wassu, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site believed to be an ancient burial ground. After lunch, the yacht will sail down to the small fishing village of Kaur, which you’ll be able to explore before leaving for Kunte Kinteh (St James) Island. Your final night includes a Captain’s farewell dinner.
Day 5: After anchoring at Kunte Kinteh Island in the middle of the River Gambia, you’ll get the chance to learn much about its discovery in 1455, alongside its slave trading history. Embark on an optional walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide, before exploring for a while on your own. After lunch, you’ll head back to Banjul, where your cruise comes to an end and you’ll disembark the Harmony V Mega Yacht.
Please note that the 4-night cruise is not available in 2021, however a longer itinerary is possible.
A 7-night cruise option is also available. Find out more here.