West African Archipelago Expedition: Cape Verde & Bissagos Island Cruise

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Departure Dates
4 departures between Nov 2022 and Jan 2023
13 days

Discover wonderful wildlife and culture on this West African adventure

  • 13-day West Africa expedition cruise, experiencing the incredible biodiversity of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands.

  • Travel to Santiago, Gambia and Fogo, encountering spectacular wildlife like saltwater hippos during nature safaris on these stunning archipelagos.

  • Discover the cultures and wildlife of West Africa’s islands with your Expedition Team, visiting the volcanoes, rainforests, and reefs of Cape Verde.

UNESCO wonders

Visit the lush Bissagos Islands, known for its wonderful variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. See fascinating marine mammals, turtles and rare birdlife on an expedition cruise to Cape Verde's islands and coral reefs.

Cultural flavours of Africa

Experience the colourful streets of Dakar in Senegal and travel to Gambia, where you'll enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Africa's smallest capital Banjul. Explore island culture as we travel to Santiago and lively Praia, and discover the traditions of the matriarchal Bijagos people.

What's Included


Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Day 1

Delightful Dakar

Day 2

En route to Cape Verde

Day 3

Santiago, Cape Verde

Day 4

Volcanic Fogo

Day 5

Ribeiras of Santo Antão

A large shipwreck is located at the water's edge on a beach. the sea is bright blue

Day 6

Birds of Boa Vista

Day 7

A day of discovery at sea

Day 8-11

Bissagos' biodiversity

Image from the city of Banjul in Gambia

Day 12

The Gambia's tiny capital

Day 13

Return to Dakar

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Activities

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

West Africa and Cape Verde

West African Archipelago Expedition: Cape Verde & Bissagos Island Cruise