West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra

Marine, Cape Town to Accra

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the G Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

What’s included

  • - 15 nights on board the M/S Expedition - Airport transfers (arrival and departure) - 2 night hotel accommodation (Cape Town and Accra) - Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary - Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team - Lecture and educational programs with expedition team - Onboard Wine tastings with David van Niekerk, Vintner, High Constantia Winery, Capetown, South Africa

Highlights

  • Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade
  • Visit multiple unesco world heritage sites
  • Explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic west african ports
  • Gain insight into the region's modern history
  • Interact with our expert expedition team
  • Wine taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the g expedition.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town Welcome to Cape Town, the most cosmopolitan city on the continent and one of the most stunning urban areas on Earth! Arrival day, so there are no planned activities. Arrival transfer is included. Included Activities: Arrival Day Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Cape Town/Lüderitz (1B, 1L, 1D) After the tour, head to the G Expedition, for embarkation at approximately 16:00. Included Activities: Table Mountain Visit Boulders Beach Visit Chapman's Peak Drive Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 3 Cape Town/Lüderitz (1B, 1L, 1D) The Expedition has ample public space in the lounge and library, join new friends in the ship’s popular pub. Alternatively, spend time relaxing on the ship’s deck or scanning the horizon with binoculars or a camera in search of seabirds and marine life. As always, high-end dining experiences will be enjoyed in the ship’s dining room. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 4 Lüderitz/Walvis Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Within minutes of disembarking from G Expedition on the southern coast of Namibia, we encounter ascending blocks of architectural evidence that the seaside town of Lüderitz had indeed been founded by German settlers who brought their culture with them to southwest Africa. Just a few miles north, we travel through the dwellings of the mining ghost town of Kolmanskop. Included Activities: Lüderitz Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 5 Walvis Bay/Lobito (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin by setting off to see the fantastic Welwitchias – a living fossil that has existed since the day of the dinosaur. Soon after, head off to look at the Moonlandscape, which is yet another portion of the desert with formations of such unusual peaks and valleys stretching off into tomorrow. Included Activities: Walvis Bay Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Days 6-7 Walvis Bay/Lobito Spend two days at sea immersed in educational lecture series, or simply kick back to a documentary film. For those looking for entertainment into the evening, listen to live music in the Polar Pub. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 8 Lobito/Pointe-Noire (1B, 1L, 1D) Benguela was founded by Portuguese in 1617 has a big part in the history of the slave trade. The tour for the day covers the two towns of Lobito and Benguela, both cast in the unique Portuguese/African style, displaying the usual Portuguese national obsession with tree lined avenues and lovely central parkways and public spaces. Included Activities: Lobito and Benguela Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 9 Lobito/Pointe-Noire (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day at sea. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 10 Pointe-Noire/São Tomé (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the Congo’s Pointe Noire, the cliffs of Diosso Gorge, the museum, and the city’s very lively market. Included Activities: Diosso Gorge Visit Diosso Scientific and Cultural museum visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 11 Pointe-Noire/São Tomé (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day at sea. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 12 São Tomé (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit an old Coffee Station called Monte Café, reinvigorated by foreign money or perhaps explore the a fort at the entrance to the harbour. Pick up some local chocolate and gifts, and head back to the pier to board the ship. Included Activities: Explore São Tomé Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 13 São Tomé/Gulf of Guinea (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore Príncipe via Zodiac boat. Included Activities: Explore Príncipe Transport: Zodiac G Expedition
Day 14 Gulf of Guinea/Cotonou (1B, 1L, 1D) Sit back and listen to the lecture series. Scan the horizon with binoculars, or join in on a possible wine tasting event. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Cotonou/Lomé (1B, 1L, 1D) Walk the “Route des Esclaves,” rich in reminders of a dark time in the region’s history. In the afternoon, cross Lake Nokoue on small boats and visit the fishing village of Ganvié, famous for its bamboo stilt houses perched above the water. The village offers an interesting look inside modern African village life and boasts a fascinating market tradition. From Gamvié travel through the congested countryside to the fascinating town of Ouidah. Included Activities: Ganvié Stilt Village Visit Ouidah Visit Transport: Boat Private Vehicle Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 16 Lomé/Accra (1B, 1L, 1D) Following breakfast, disembark for a day of learning and discovery in and around the city of Lomé. Anticipate and action-filled day punctuated with the color and vitality of the Ewe and Akan people, who founded the city in the 18th century. The first stop of the day is the International Museum of Guinea. Following this, visit an artisanal market nearby for shopping before returning back to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, travel out of town to the Akato Viepe village to meet the chief and experience village life. Included Activities: International Museum of Guinea Visit Akato Viepe village visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 17 Accra (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel from the port at Tema to the busy capital of Accra. Enroute, visit a casket-maker’s shop, a local school, the national museum, and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Wildlife enthusiasts may choose to visit the Shai Game Reserve instead to view an abundance of wildlife. After the reserve, witness local bead-making and give it a try. Disembark and transfer to the hotel for the final night. Included Activities: Casket Maker Shop Visit Local Village Visit Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Visit Shai Game Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 18 Accra (1B) After breakfast, depart for the airport and flights homeward. Departure transfer is included. Transport: Private Vehicle
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