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.