West Africa Archipelago Cruise: Cape Verde & Bissagos Islands from Dakar

Price from $8,626

Departure Dates
5 departures between Nov 2023 and Jan 2024
14 days

Explore two unforgettable African archipelagos

  • 14-day expedition cruise in West Africa, from Dakar to Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau's Bissagos Islands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

  • Enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters. Watch out for rare saltwater hippos and manatees during nature safaris.

  • Discover the fascinating cultures of these islands with your Expedition Team, and hike volcanoes, lava fields and deep valleys.

West African expedition

Your adventure begins in the colorful streets of Dakar. We’ll travel through two island archipelagos filled with historic sites, contrasting cultures and varied landscapes. Our final stop before returning to Dakar is Banjul in The Gambia, Africa's smallest capital city.

Island life

Explore Cape Verde’s beaches, and enjoy wildlife watching as we cruise to Santiago, Boa Vista, Santa Antão and volcanic Fogo. Spot hundreds of different bird species as well as rare saltwater hippos, manatees, turtles, and more in the Bissagos UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We’ll also visit the Bijago people, with their fascinating animistic and matriarchal culture.

What's Included

Pre-Program in Dakar before the expedition cruise

Post-Program in Dakar after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise  

Route overview

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

Welcome to Africa

Day 1

Visiting Gorée Island

Day 2

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 3

Santiago, Cape Verde

Day 4

Volcanic features of Fogo

Day 5

Ribeiras of Santo Antão

Day 6

Wildlife on Boa Vista

Day 7

Relax and learn at sea

Day 8

Bissagos' biodiversity

Day 9–12

Africa's smallest capital

Day 13

Return to Dakar

Day 14

Ships on this expedition

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