Rivers of West Africa 7-night Cruise Dakar

Unique Collection

Gambia & Senegal Tours  |  Saly

EXCLUSIVE TO US

Travel dates and more about the Harmony G Mega Yacht

This cruise departs on Saturdays between 24th December 2022 and 18th February 2023 inclusive. Departing from Dakar in Senegal, guests can enjoy a seven-night cruise aboard this beautifully elegant, fully equipped modern yacht, sister ship to the Harmony V we have previously used. With contemporary, light guest cabins, a sundeck, a classy dining room and lounge bar among some of the boat’s facilities, you’ll enjoy excellent service and comfort during your exploration. With an English-speaking cruise director and a maximum of 44 guests, this is an opportunity to experience unique cruising in an intimate environment.

Seven-night cruise itinerary and optional excursions

Day 1: Late afternoon embarkation in Dakar. After dinner, we set sail southward towards the Saloum River Delta. Overnight at sea, south along the coast.

Day 2: This morning we reach the Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal, a place of incredible biodiversity and birdlife. You can choose to enjoy an excursion which begins at the fishing village of Djiffere, before heading onto Joal Fadiouth, set on an island of clam shells that are also used in local buildings and crafts. In the afternoon we leave Senegal and the Saloum Delta and sail south to The Gambia to reach Banjul, the capital of The Gambia and gateway to the 700-mile River Gambia.

Day 3: The morning in Banjul will give you the opportunity to take the optional half day excursion offered to Bakau with its crocodile pool 'Katchikally', its Botanic Gardens and a short Banjul tour. Mid afternoon we leave Banjul to sail upstream to Tendaba. We reach Tendaba late into the evening.

Day 4: From the yacht we take motor pirogues in order to reach Tendaba, located on the South Bank in the Lower River Division, our starting point of our two optional excursions. One explores Tendaba and Kiang West National Park along with its wildlife, the other to discover Baobolong Reserve aboard motorised pirogues - both offer stunning birdwatching opportunities and you will be accompanied by expert guides.

Day 5: Early morning, set sail along the River Gambia to reach Kuntaur, a small Gambian port and base for further exploration upriver. 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’. Stay overnight in Kuntaur.

Day 6: With the yacht staying in Kuntaur, you can choose to enjoy an excursion to Janjangbureh, one of The Gambia’s oldest towns and rich in slave trade history, 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. In the afternoon, after lunch, we sail downstream to Kaur a small fishing village on the banks of the river. You will have the opportunity to walk around this small commuity and see how Gambians live today. In the evening, we leave Kaur and sail towards Banjul.

Day 7: we will anchor at St. James Island in the middle of the Gambia River, which was an important slave trading post under British rule in The Gambia. In 1976 James Island became famous due to the author Alex Haley and his best seller book 'Roots'. An optional walking tour is available with a local guide telling you more about the history. After lunch we leave 'Kunta Kinteh' to reach Banjul around 4pm. Later in the evening we will sail out of the Gambia estuary into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar.

Day 8: Early morning arrival in Dakar. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the Harmony G Mega Yacht.

What's included in your booking

  • Full Board accommodation for seven nights
  • Services of onboard Cruise Coordinator and naturalist
  • Unlimited filter coffee, tea and drinking water
  • Transfers to/from port
  • All port charges

What's not included in your booking

  • Optional excursions (prebook or payable locally)
  • Crew tips
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Travel insurance
  • Single & upgrade supplements
  • International flights

Harmony G Mega Yacht Facilities

  • Bar lounge and dining room
  • Sun deck with sunloungers
  • Restaurant serving either buffet or à la carte meals in a single sitting; may be served al fresco and meals have a local flavour
  • Wi-Fi available (local charge)
  • 21 cabins 

Cabin Facilities

  • Twin or double beds (twin only category B & A)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini-fridge
  • Flat screen television
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer

Activities

  • Full programme of optional excursions can be booked on board 24 hours in advance
  • Alternatively they can be booked as a package in advance - please contact us for details
  • The optional excursions described are subject to change and provide an indication only of what is available

This seven-night cruise is designed as an add-on to a longer holiday in Senegal; pricing does not include flights - additional nights can be added at any of our resort hotels. It is also possible to embark in Banjul as part of a Gambia holiday - visit gambia.co.uk/rivers-of-west-africa-7-night-cruise for further information.

Due to the nature of the itinerary, only children aged seven and over are accepted.

Category Cabin C - A contemporary double or twin bedded cabin with two port holes, located on the lower deck, will sleep up to 3 - A third adult or child aged seven years or above can be accommodated in this cabin.

Category Cabin B - A contemporary twin-bedded cabin with windows, located on the main deck, will sleep up to 2.

Category Cabin A - A contemporary twin-bedded cabin with windows, in a good location on the main deck, will sleep up to 2.

Category Cabin P - A contemporary double or twin-bedded cabin with windows, located on the upper deck, sleeps up to 2.

 

About the Local Area (Saly)

The resort of Saly is located on the “Petite Côte”, approximately 80 kilometres south of Dakar and 65 kilometres north of the Sine Saloum Delta. Saly is an ideal holiday destination that has long been popular with French and Belgian tourists and as such has a very established feel, with its variety of hotels, palm-fringed sandy beaches, calm clear waters, bars,restaurants, shops and a wide range of activities.

The smaller resort of La Somone is only a short drive from Saly and enjoys an idyllic location beside a stunning lagoon, home to the Réserve de la Somone, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Nearby you can also visit the Bandia Nature Reserve, a small but perfectly formed wildlife park where you can see roaming freely: giraffe,rhino, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, bush pigs, impala and many other birds and animals. For the more active, both Saly and La Somone have several excellent water sports centres offering a range of activities such as jet-skis, water-skiing, catamarans, kayaks and windsurfing, and several excellent fishing clubs offering world-class deep sea fishing. Quad and buggy tours or horse treks are available in and around the resorts and Saly is home to an attractive 18-hole golf course as well as the Accrobaobab Adventure Park, where you can climb, swing and slide on a series of nets and ropes amongst the baobab trees.

Activities

In Saly there are a number of water sports centres located at regular intervals along the bay and several centres offering world-class ocean fishing. Most of the hotels also offer sporting facilities such as table tennis and volleyball.  Saly also has an 18 hole, 72 par golf course, and children and adults alike will enjoy a trip to the Bandia Nature Reserve, where you can see wildlife such as zebra, giraffes and rhino up close, followed by a few hours in the Accrobaobab Adventure Park, where you can climb, swing and slide on a series of nets and ropes amongst the baobab trees. A varied excursion programme is also on offer from each hotel to ensure you see the best of the local area.

Nightlife

In Saly, most of the hotels offer some form of evening entertainment.  There are several nightclubs and discos where you will typically find lots of mirrors, fancy lighting, huge amps and, yes spinning disco balls!  It's in the energetic dancing and music where you will really notice a difference to back home, consisting of African, R&B, Western pop and Techno.  Saly also offers a selection of bars and restaurants within easy reach of the hotels.