Exploring multiple countries in West Africa has become easier as G Adventures announces its first sailing programme in the region aboard the M/S Expedition.
The cruises enable travellers to discover this underexplored area of the continent with ease, while uncovering West Africa’s unique and varied historical, cultural and natural landscapes in comfort and style.
Passengers can choose from three itineraries that visit more than 10 African nations in April 2013. All itineraries are now on sale and priced from £3,495pp:
Accra to Dakar – 12-day
Cape Town to Accra – 18-day
Cape Town to Dakar – 27-day
G Adventures is recognised for trailblazing up-and-coming destinations and the new expeditions are among the first of their kind in the region, with ports of call including Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon and Togo.
“The programme is ideal for expedition cruise enthusiasts seeking fresh experiences,” says Jeff Russill, G Adventures’ VP of Innovation. “It will also appeal to those who have not sailed before and want the convenience of experiencing West Africa by sea instead of land.”
“This is a really exciting step for us. These countries are emerging destinations, little known and rarely explored by travellers. Expedition-style cruising is perfect for this region as it means our guests are safe and comfortable onboard, and local communities will benefit from the ports of call,” adds Russill. “Plus, travellers can forget the hassle of unpacking and packing, and discover the very best of coastal West Africa at ease.”
All itineraries boast a solid combination of activity and leisure. Passengers have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the birthplace of voodoo, trace the roots of slavery, and learn about the region from the experienced expedition staff, including historians, anthropologists and ornithologists.
Passengers will also explore unreachable coastlines, and visit uninhabited islands and traditional villages via a fleet of zodiacs. A notable highlight is the opportunity to discover the Bijagos Archipelego off the coast of Guinea-Bissau – a rare experience offered by very few operators. The island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of the most unexplored places on earth, and its inhabitants are descendants of an ancient culture that practices an animist religion.
While at sea, travellers can enjoy a variety of unique activities that complete the onboard education programme, including sommelier-led wine tastings, lectures from a panel of experts, an African film festival and photography, plein air painting, art and music workshops.
“The world is your classroom and the most unforgettable travel moments are a result of engaging all your senses – not just by seeing,” says Russill. “The itineraries provide the perfect balance between at sea days and shore excursions, and a range of activities to suit all interests.”
The 140-passenger M/S Expedition features large cabins equipped with en-suite bathrooms and windows, providing an exceptionally spacious and comfortable experience for all guests.
Demonstrating innovative travel in West Africa, G Adventures’ land-based Voodoo Trail trip was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s Top Tours of a Lifetime for 2009.