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West Africa – Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, and Morocco

West Africa Cruise Information

  • Silver Cloud
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 254 Capacity
  • 17 Days
  • 2018, 2019 View Departure>
    • 2018
    • Apr 11 Wed Offer
    • 2019
    • Apr 15 Mon Offer
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  • $9,200
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Summary : From the deserts of the Sahara, to the mountains of Morocco, the contrasts you will experience are vast. Characteristic and noble, the countries are almost untouched by tourism and offer a rare look at a complex continent. With Zodiac cruises through mangroves, stunning birdlife, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and desert excursions, this African adventure is much more than just souks and savannahs.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Tema (Accra), Ghana

Embark Silver Cloud, settle in and attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Day 2
Takoradi, Ghana

Ghana's fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial center. People from around the world visit the shore, both for its beauty and to enjoy the fresh seafood served right on the sands. Frantic city life awaits a short distance inland, where an economy fueled by Ghana’s oil industry is most apparent in the maze of vendors at Market Circle.

Day 3
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Three hours south of Yamoussoukro, nestled in between the canals and waterways, lies Abidjan the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. Considered the crossroads of West Africa both economically and culturally, Abidjan benefits from clement temperatures year round, reaching average highs of around 88? Fahrenheit, or 30? Celsius. Like much of West Africa, this city has cachet and soul, and enjoys a diversity of cultures, traditions and people, notably through the French influence (Abidjan is the largest French speaking country in West Africa), but also through the steady stream of tourists that make the city both vibrant and cosmopolitan.

Day 4
At Sea

While at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 5
Tokeh, Sierra Leone

Tokeh, or Tokeh Town as it is also known, is a coastal resort town that relies mainly on fishing and tourism. Only twenty miles outside Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, this town is nestled in an area of beautiful scenery, surrounded by mountains, forests and beaches. The Tokeh Beach is considered one of the largest and most attractive beaches in West Arica. This town was first founded by a Sherbo fisherman who settled along the river bank. Much later, in 1968, a prominent barrister from Sierra Leone purchased the land, and in partnership with a French company, developed the village. Today, it is a thriving town with the resort, a church, mosque, community center, school and about 6,000 residents.

Day 6
Freetown, Sierra Leone (2018) / Aberdeen (2019)

2018 Voyages:
Arrive early in the morning in bustling West African city of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. In 1787, British philanthropists founded the ‘Province of Freedom’, which later became Freetown, a British crown colony and the principal base for the suppression of the slave trade. By 1792, 1,200 freed slaves from Nova Scotia had joined the original settlers, the Maroons. Another group of slaves rebelled in Jamaica and traveled to Freetown in 1800.

During your tour visit a local community clinic and see the work of volunteers and the Greatest Goal Ministries, a US non-profit organization. In addition, hope to attend a soccer match arranged by the Greatest Goal Ministries, played on the beach near Lumley. All soccer team members were affected by the horrible civil war and have lost one or both of their legs and form part of an amazing amputee soccer club! Sierra Leone is a member of the World Amputee Football Association and your presence will help promote self-esteem and self-confidence of the participants.

Visit the Western Area Forest Reserve (accepted by UNESCO as a tentative World Heritage Site) to see the Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary, south of Freetown and close to the Congo Dam, to learn more about these primates and their struggle to survive in a country where the bush meat trade is still a very serious problem.

2019 Voyages:
The coastal neighborhood of Aberdeen, a part of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, is located on the tip of the Aberdeen Peninsula. It was established in 1829 to provide accommodation for liberated enslaved Africans who had been left in Freetown by the British Royal Navy. Today, it is a vibrant neighborhood with several up-scale restaurants and hotels.

Day 7
At Sea

While at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 8
Banjul, Gambia

A British Army captain created Gambia’s capital city in 1816 as a means to stop the European and American slave trade in the area. Barracks were the first residences, but the post grew quickly. Today, the King Fahad Mosque’s twin minarets mark the large city’s skyline. Shopping at the public market is a main attraction. Banjul is also a popular base from which to head out for tropical bird watching trips. Daily life is colorful here. Expect beggars, and hagglers.

Day 9
Dakar, Senegal

Big, crowded and chaotic, Dakar can seem like a dirty mess not worth the effort, but relax and dig in—this is emerging Africa. The city is progressing quickly as the country develops, and already Dakar is home to many worthy restaurants and a thriving nightlife. Historic sights are here, as well as nice beaches.

Day 10
Joal-Fadiouth / Saly, Senegal

Joal Fadiout is a picturesque village located southeast of Dakar in Senegal. It is an island but is connected to the mainland with a wooden foot bridge. The community living on the Fadiout Island is a mix of Christian and Muslim faiths and live traditional lifestyles based on artesian fishing. The tides are dramatic in this area and on the low tide many people can be seen out on the mangrove mudflats collecting cockles, oysters, murex snails, conch and fishing with seine nets from their pirogues and swimming in the shallows. The island is entirely comprised of shell piled up by the people living here for thousands of years. The streets are clean, neat, narrow and beg for photography.

Saly is a picturesque seaside resort village on the la Petite Côte (the Little Coast), about 50 miles south of Dakar. It was originally a Portuguese trading post, but over time developed into a resort town after the first resort was built in 1984. Today, its main industry is tourism and there are several modern hotels, tea houses playing traditional Wolof music, restaurants, and shops. Its main attractions are the sandy beaches lined with coconut palm trees, idyllic climate, and water-sports.

Day 11
At Sea

While at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 12
Dakhla, Morocco

Dakhla is a fishing city located at the tip of a thin peninsula. Apart from modern fishing fleets, simple, rustic boats are clustered together along the shores, while the whitewashed buildings, chaotic streets and fabrics woven in colorful patterns make for interesting images. Historically, this was a stronghold of Berbers and was at one time a Spanish colony named Villa Cisneros. An Old Spanish lighthouse still stands on the outskirts of town as a testament to this segment of the region’s past. Thanks to a steady wind that blows over 300 days of the year, modern Dakhla is a hotspot for watersports like kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Day 13
Laayoune, Morocco

Laayoune is the largest city, and capital, of Western Sahara. It has a population of about 200,000, which is more than half the population of the territory. It is literally a city in the middle of the desert, about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with nothing else around it for a thousand miles. The name means "the water springs" or “water source”. The Spaniards developed the city in 1938 as the administrative, military, and European center. In 1940, Spain designated it as the capital of the Spanish Sahara. Since 1976 it has been the capital of the Laâyoune province of Morocco. The population of Laayoune is largely Moroccans with a substantial number of indigenous Sahrawis.

Day 14
At Sea

Let your lecturers entertain you with topics related to North Africa and the Sahara. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 15
Safi, Morocco

Safi’s natural harbor lies on the Atlantic in western Morocco and was once used by the Roman and the Phoenicians. By the 11th century gold, slaves and ivory were the hot commodities being traded between Marrakesh and Guinea. Evolving through the ages to cater to the popular trade of the day, the major industry here today is fishing connected to the country's sardine industry, but there is also an economy based on exported phosphates, textiles and ceramics. The city was overseen by the Portuguese Empire in the 1500s, and a fortress built to safeguard the city by these Portuguese influences still stands today. Safi sits near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains where Bedouins once camped.

Day 16
At Sea

While we're sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Today the onboard Videographer will show the “Voyage-DVD”, reminding you of the many varied impressions you will have had during the last two weeks.

Day 17
Lisbon, Portugal

Following breakfast on board, disembark Silver Cloud.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Photo Studio: Unique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio offers a vibrant, creatively inspiring space where you can not only master the art of digital photography with Masterclasses, but also offers an editing suite where you can print images using state-of-the-art equipment plus a dedicated photo manager.

Included:
Ship accommodation; most onboard meals (La Dame Restaurant excluded); butler service; most wines, champagnes and spirits on the ship; tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water and soda; onboard gratuities (except spa); port charges and handling fees; Vista and Veranda Suites receive one hour of included internet access per guest/per day; Medallion, Silver, Royal, Grand, and Owner’s Suites receive unlimited internet access; Royal, Grand, and Owner’s Suites receive laundry service throughout the voyage as well as dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage) and two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; meals on board at La Dame Restaurant unless mentioned above as included; some alcoholic premium beverages; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; internet use not mentioned as included; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry (unless mentioned as included) and spa options; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises

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