SET SAIL ALONG THE COAST OF WEST AFRICA

Set sail along the coast of West Africa - Luxury Travel Magazine


Set sail along the coast of West Africa


By: Laura Parr, Issue 48 – Spring 2011


SYDNEY-BASED LUXURY ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANY CLASSIC SAFARI COMPANY HAS INTRODUCED A 16-DAY WEST COAST OF AFRICA EXPEDITION CRUISE THAT TAKES IN NINE AFRICAN NATIONS AND A TRADITIONAL VOODOO CEREMONY ALONG THE WAY.

Guests onboard the Clipper Odyssey will set sail from the city of Douala, Cameroon in April next year for a cruise designed for those for whom cruising would not usually be their cup of tea.

On day two of the cruise, the passengers having settled in to their luxury staterooms, the Clipper Odyssey will anchor off Bom Bom Resort on Principe’s northern tip. Some passengers will disembark for the day to hike among the island’s endemic trees and orchids. Others will spend time with the 1,500 local residents, see Portuguese architecture and visit fresh produce markets in Santo Antonio. The afternoon excursion for the day involves snorkelling in bathlike, crystal clear water at Banana Beach.

The day at Principe is the first of many days on land as the ship drops anchor at ports along the coast. There’s a morning at the Sao Nicolau Waterfall among lush forest before a guided tour of the Monte Café Coffee Plantation or lunch in Sao Tome and a tour of the Cathedral, National Museum and local art gallery.

Next day there’s a stop at the white-sand beaches of Aberdeen in Sierra Leone, a visit to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and a soccer match with the Greatest Goal Ministries; a volunteer organisation that founded a soccer club to help amputee war victims.

For the days aboard the liner travelling between ports there are educational lectures on Africa.

Day seven of the voyage is in Ghana seeing the glass-bead handicrafts of locals in the Krobo mountain region followed by a tour of Accra, Ghana’s capital, and a visit to a coffin builder who specialises in fantasy coffins; their shapes include animals, fish, automobiles, airplanes and fruit.

Along the way the itinerary includes attending ceremonies (including a traditional voodoo ceremony), other cultural activities and visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Cape Coast Castle, James Island and the slave-trading centre of Goree Island.

Goree Island is where the voyage ends on 23 April with a final dinner onboard.


DATES:

7 April – 23 April, 2012

DESTINATIONS:

Douala, Sao Tome, Principe Island, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Takoradi, the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Senegal.

PRICE:

starts from US$12,980 (about A$12,708) per person.

INCLUDES:

all accommodation, meals onboard and ashore with the group, daily activities and knowledge on hand from a team of expert leaders and lecturers. Also includes group arrival and departure transfers and medical/emergency evacuation insurance.

classicsafaricompany.com.au



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