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CAPE TOWN A Tema (Accra)

África cruzeiro de expedição Silver Cloud Expedition

Vivencie culturas diversas viajando da bela e árida Skeleton Coast à Gold Coast. Siga as rotas comerciais de Dom Henrique, o Navegador, desde a costa ocidental da África percorrendo o Atlântico para ver alguns dos lugares menos visitados do planeta. Este é um cruzeiro de expedição na sua essência: uma mistura única de natureza, cultura e história que proporciona experiências irrepetíveis e memórias duradouras.
Viagem 1908

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Itinerário do cruzeiro

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If you visit only one place in South Africa, make it Cape Town. Whether you're partaking of the Capetonian inclination for alfresco fine dining (the so-called "Mother City" is home to many of the country's best restaurants) or sipping wine atop Table Mountain, you sense—correctly—that this is South Africa's most urbane, civilized city. Here elegant Cape Dutch buildings abut ornate Victorian architecture and imposing British monuments.

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Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
The scorched desert that surrounds Luderitz means the city’s collection of German art nouveau architecture couldn't look more unusually placed along the Namibian coastline. This quirkiness is what gives the destination its charm, however, alongside undeniably fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa.

One of Southern Africa's most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination with a number of pleasant lagoonfront guesthouses and several good restaurants—including one of Namibia's best, Lyon des Sables. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis's small waterfront area, and there's an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay's 3,000-year-old lagoon.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Namibe is a coastal city of baroque architecture and stately churches in southwestern Angola. The city was founded in 1840 by the colonial Portuguese administration. Namibe is perched between the edge of the expansive Namib Desert and the cold waters of the Benguela Current flowing to the north offshore. Thanks to the blend of cool water and proximity to the desert, Namibe has a cool dry climate and desert vegetation. The most famous of these desert plants is the Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant found only in the Namibe Provence of South Angola and the Namib Desert.
About equidistant from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia on Angola’s stunning coastline lies Lobito, a small town in the Benguala Province. Long under Portuguese colonisation, the city suffered somewhat — albeit it less than the country’s capital Luanda, during the long, drawn out civil war of 1975-2002. However, Lobito has begun the rehabilitation process (primarily through funding from both China – who are implementing a railway system throughout the country and Brazil) and the grass roots of restoration have very definitely started.

A study in contrasting economies, Luanda is a boisterous coastal city of haves and have-nots. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city, and since independence in 2002, everyone seems to be gunning for a piece of the post-civil war economy. Its renaissance offers a range of experiences, from cushy hotels to a restaurant-lined oceanfront promenade to locals hawking handmade goods at crowded public markets.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
São Tomé seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxury and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation. São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. It consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 87 miles (140 kilometres) apart and about 155 and 140 miles (250 and 225 kilometres), respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon.

The two West African islands of São Tomé & Principe form the smallest nation in Africa and are probably the least known country in the world. Located in the Gulf of Guinea and straddling the equator, the islands cover an area of 386 square miles (1,000 km sq), roughly five times the size of Washington, D.C. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands’ sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century – all grown with plantation slave labor, a practice that continued into the 20th century.
Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Cameroon is world famous for its tea and agriculture production, and Limbe is the centre of its oil industry. Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is on the southwest coast of the Republic of Cameroon between West and Central Africa. Victoria was founded by Alfred Saker (Baptist Missionary Society of London) in 1858 during his missionary work to Cameroon. Colonised by Germany in 1884, and then divided into French and British zones after World War I, Cameroon became a republic in 1972.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Tucked between Nigeria and Togo in Benin is the busy trading port of Cotonou. Named a “market town” for its coastal placement and lucrative palm oil and textile trades, Cotonou is a sprawling amorphous city, swaddled between the Atlantic coast and Lake Nakoué. Because of its especial geographical situation, Cotonou is bursting with life — visitors disembarking here will find a colourful port, alive with economic activity and very much the capital (although not in name, the official capital is Porto-Novo to the east) of the trading industry.

If you're sick of the usual beach resorts, then zesty Lomé will welcome you to a coastal destination that oozes with inimitable character. The former 'Jewel of West Africa' offers some wonderful beaches, and exports its delicious bounty of cocoa, coffee and pine kernels far and wide. A disorientating place, where stuttering engines and whizzing motorbikes add a chaotic essence to the city's streets, you’ll see vendors strolling with supplies balanced improbably on their heads, along with a healthy supply of intrigue, adventure and buzzing markets.

From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area.In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day.

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Grand Suite

Até 1,314 ft² / 122 m² incluindo varanda (194 ft² / 18.5 m²)

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Royal Suite

Até 1,031 ft² / 96m² incluindo varanda (175 ft² / 16,5 m²)

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Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² incluindo varanda (92 ft² / 8 m²)

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Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² incluindo varanda (81 ft² / 7.6 m²)

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Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² incluindo varanda (49 ft²/ 4,5 m²)

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Veranda Suite

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Vista Suite

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incluído na tarifa do cruzeiro

  • Suítes espaçosas – mais de 85% com balcões privativos
  • Serviço personalizado – quase 1 membro da tripulação para cada hóspede
  • Serviço de mordomo em todas as suítes – todos os hóspedes são igualmente mimados
  • Opções de jantares com sistema aberto de assentos, isto é, sem reserva – jante quando e com quem quiser
  • Diversidade de locais para refeições – casual, romântico, especialidades regionais e cozinha gourmet inspirada pela Relais & Châteaux
  • Bebidas na suíte e por todo o navio – vinhos selecionados, destilados de qualidade, cafés especiais e refrigerantes, além de seu próprio frigobar abastecido com bebidas de sua preferência
  • Refeições na suíte e serviço de quarto 24 horas – sempre gratuito, sempre disponível
  • Entretenimento sofisticado, de música ao vivo a shows de grandes produções
  • Consultor de destinos e/ou palestrantes de enriquecimento cultural
  • Transporte em terra para a cidade incluso na maioria dos portos
  • As gratificações já estão inclusas em sua tarifa
  • Acesso ilimitado à Internet
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  • *Quando exigido pela conexão aérea. Traslados y hotel gratuitos disponíveis unicamente para os hóspedes que utilizam a oferta aérea Silversea. No caso de os voos promocionais não estarem disponíveis ou se os hóspedes não aproveitarem a oferta de pacote promocional, temos todo o gosto em oferecer um crédito em voo de $2,000. Condições de Reserva.
  • *Excluindo o cruzeiro de volta ao mundo y os grand voyages completo.

Silver Cloud Expedition

Depois de uma ampla renovação, o Silver Cloud é o navio da classe quebra-gelo mais confortável e espaçoso da linha de cruzeiros de expedição. Com amplas suítes, fascinantes itinerários e serviço inigualável, ele é, de fato, especial. As 4 opções de restaurantes serão uma tentação, e com 80% das suítes com varanda, ver baleias mergulhando ou pinguins saltando, nunca foi algo tão pessoal. Espaços amplos com muitas áreas abertas e uma grande piscina tornam este um dos mais distintos navios de expedição em atividade atualmente. Um número limitado de passageiros em águas polares, significa que o Silver Cloud tem a maior proporção de tripulante por hóspede em cruzeiros de expedição. Com seus 16 Zodiacs, as possibilidades de explorações simultâneas por todo o navio são quase ilimitadas. E por fim, uma equipe de 19 dedicados especialistas está sempre a postos para garantir que sua viagem seja enriquecida a cada milha náutica navegada.

Suites

As suites Silversea, com vista para o oceano, são das mais espaçosas do cruzeiro e todas possuem um serviço de mordomo. Selecione a sua suite e solicite um orçamento. Os hóspedes que reservem antecipadamente garantem as melhores tarifas e podem escolher a suite que desejam.

Suites

As suites Silversea, com vista para o oceano, são das mais espaçosas do cruzeiro e todas possuem um serviço de mordomo. Selecione a sua suite e solicite um orçamento. Os hóspedes que reservem antecipadamente garantem as melhores tarifas e podem escolher a suite que desejam.

Owner's Suite

Até 827 ft² / 77 m² incluindo varanda (89 ft² / 8 m²)

Lista de espera
Grand Suite

Até 1,314 ft² / 122 m² incluindo varanda (194 ft² / 18.5 m²)

Lista de espera
Royal Suite

Até 1,031 ft² / 96m² incluindo varanda (175 ft² / 16,5 m²)

Lista de espera
Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² incluindo varanda (92 ft² / 8 m²)

Lista de espera
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² incluindo varanda (81 ft² / 7.6 m²)

Lista de espera
Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² incluindo varanda (49 ft²/ 4,5 m²)

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Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² incluindo varanda (49 ft²/ 4,5 m²)

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Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22m²

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As tarifas apresentadas são por hóspede

Restaurantes

Descubra a nossa seleção de locais a bordo, onde pode desfrutar da companhia de outros viajantes e claro, do nosso serviço personalizado tudo incluído.

Áreas Públicas

Reconhecidos pela excelência gastronómica e pelo espírito inovador, os cruzeiros de luxo da Silversea oferecem um leque de opções de refeições ao ar livre em toda a frota. Oferecem igualmente restaurantes com especialidades a bordo em todos os navios, exceto os de expedição.

4 Programas em terra e 3 Hotéis

O nossos programas em terra (vários dias, meio-, pré- ou pós-cruzeiro) oferecem oportunidades adicionais para descobrir o melhor dos locais que visita, assim como os seus tesouros escondidos.

A sua expedição levará a uma epopeia de descobertas Um programa complementar de experiências únicas em pequenos grupos, liderados por uma equipa de guias experientes e palestras que irão permitir uma experiência completa dos locais que irá visitar.

melhores momentos da viagem

Expedition Highlights:

  • Go off-roading in 4x4 vehicles and see colourful salt works, gravel desert plains and spectacular rock formations
  • Identify pelicans, flamingos, herons, kingfishers, waders, cormorants, sandpipers, plovers and many rare endemic birds including the endangered Damara Tern
  • Tour an abandoned diamond-mining town and contemplate the solemn history of slave trade sites
  • Visit a stilt village, local school, and see how coffee is produced

Optional Excursion: Fly low over the famous Sossusvlei Dunes

Day 1 — Cape Town, South Africa
Embark Silver Cloud for your 18-day Silversea Expedition: Explorer’s Africa. Once onboard, meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the ship’s luxurious amenities.  Before we set sail a mandatory safety drill will take place. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and other important members of the crew.

Day 2 — At Sea
Our knowledgeable team members -experts in a variety of scientific fields- would like you to gather in the Explorer Lounge to enjoy the first in a series of informative lectures presented during the voyage. Perhaps learn some tips and techniques to take better photos during a photographic workshop offered by our resident Photographer.

Tonight, we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where the Captain will introduce his senior officers.

Day 3 — Lüderitz, Namibia
From the small town of Lüderitz, wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard, we will visit the abandoned diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop. In 1908, a sparkling diamond was found among the sand and the news spread like wildfire, causing fortune hunters to converge in droves on Kolmanskop. When the town reached its pinnacle, Kolmanskop developed into a lively little haven of German culture. When richer diamond deposits were discovered further south operations were moved. Today it is mostly a ghost town; the stately homes, abandoned decades ago, are gradually becoming sand-covered. However, a museum has been established and a number of buildings restored. While in Kolmanskop enjoy oyster tasting and a glass of sparkling wine.
After this eventful day in the Namib Desert it is time to head back to Lüderitz for a short walking tour of the town and its three most important landmarks, Goerke Haus, Felsenkirche and the Lüderitz Museum.

Days 4–5 — Walvis Bay, Namibia

Scenic Dunes Flight

Take advantage of an unparalleled opportunity to see the famous Sossusvlei Dunes from the air, a site very difficult to access by land. Following the (normally dry) Kuiseb River, fly over Sesriem Canyon then along the Tsauchab river valley where the freestanding but static dunes tower up to 250 metres above the plain. The dune belt runs north to south for over 70 km between Sossusvlei and the Atlantic. Upon reaching the coast, head north over deserted mining camps and seal colonies to Conception Bay and the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen (run aground in the early 40s). This optional Silver Shore excursion will operate only if weather/fog conditions permit. Visit Silversea.com/MyVoyage to make reservations in advance of your voyage.

One of your destinations during our two days in Walvis Bay is the Namib Naukluft Park. Passing endless waves of sand dunes, the scene that comes to mind when you think of African deserts, you will finally enter the Welwitschia Drive, where the landscape is dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia mirabilis. Unique to the Namibe Desert, this prehistoric plant has adapted to its harsh habitat. It only produces two leaves in its lifetime which can be over 500 years. After stopping to view and discuss these amazing and resilient desert plants in their dramatic landscape, the tour continues to what can best be described as ‘lunar landscape’. Enjoy the breathtaking views, before heading onwards to a local community where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the school, having the opportunity to interact by giving some of your time to the children and community.

You will then drive to a pristine location where refreshments await you before returning to Walvis Bay to rejoin the Silver Cloud.

We will also be operating a full day shuttle service to Swakopmund, located 19 miles north of Walvis Bay at the mouth of the Swakop River. Upon arrival you can explore this quaint town, a beach resort area and a fine example of German colonial architecture, on your own. Founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa, a good part of the population still speaks German today. Several buildings, including the Magistrate’s Court, or Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht, the Lutheran Church and the old Railway Station building -now the main reception area of the Swakopmund Hotel- will give an idea of the former splendor.

Another excursion in Walvis Bay will be an early morning boat cruise in the protected outer lagoon area where the water is calm and abundant with birdlife. Enjoy wonderful photographic opportunities as playful Heaviside’s and bottlenose dolphins frolic around the boat and pelicans fly low overhead. Cape fur seals may even come aboard for a fishy snack! Other birds we will see include flamingos and cormorants. If we are very lucky, we may even see leatherback turtles. We will pass fishing factories and foreign ships in the port and conclude our excursion with a taste of fresh Walvis Bay oysters and local ‘champagne’.  
                                                                                  
Day 6 — At Sea
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Angola. Other onboard diversions include Spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences -not only in The Restaurant, The Grill and La Terrazza, but also as cooking demonstrations.

Day 7 — Namibe, Angola
Today we will head out to the Namibe Desert to reach The Arch Lagoon -“the lost oasis”. The lagoon, locally known as “Lago do Arco do Carvalhao”, is formed by a magnificent rock formation, and is a unique display of art in nature. The lagoon will only have water if it has rained sufficiently during the wet season.

Before returning to the ship, we will visit the little town of Namibe to visit the old city with its baroque architecture, old stadium and churches.

Day 8 — Lobito, Angola
The city of Benguela was founded in 1617 around Sao Filipe Fortress and was one of the bases for Portuguese expansion in Africa. We will drive through the city to the most famous church in Benguela. The “Igreja do Populo” was built by the Portuguese during the colonial era, being the first stone building in southern Angola. From there we will walk to the heart of Benguela City, where the courthouse surrounds the company gardens, the department of justice and the town hall. The gardens are lined with beautiful palm trees and flowers and offer a picturesque setting.
En route back to Lobito we will stop at the city of Catumbela and will stop at the abandoned Sao Pedro fort for some photos, and will see the big Catumbela River and the 1905 steel bridge –a construction by Eiffel’s engineering company, which was in use until 2010.

Once back at the pier there will be a festival with traditional dances and singing.

During the afternoon we will be on our way sailing north, having time for more lectures and other on-board activities.

Day 9 — Luanda, Angola
Luanda is the capital of Angola, and home to more than four million, making it one of the largest Portuguese speaking cities in the world.

This bustling city presents us with many places to explore, including the 1575 Fortress of Sao Miguel de Luanda with its striking blue tiles and collection of weapons used during centuries of conflicts of the region. Another ‘outstanding’ structure is the mausoleum for Angola’s first president, Agostinho Neto. The anthropology museum houses an array of traditional masks along with art, sculptures, tools, and weaponry, as well as jewellery, clothing and musical instruments – the Benfica market seems to have several similar items for barter and sale. We will also drive to Cidade Alta, or “Uptown” – a pleasant, airy and calm suburb with several pink colonial buildings and then head to the Baixa, or “Downtown”, to view the Houses of Parliament – both new and old.

Days 10-11 — At Sea
Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Let our onboard Ornithologist give you a glimpse of the fascinating birds of Sao Tome and Principe. King Neptune might want all ‘pollywogs’ to pay homage to the ruler of the seas before Silver Cloud crosses the Equator.

Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendour of the vast sea and at night see if you can already notice the stars and constellations of the northern hemisphere’s sky.

Day 12 — São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
Silver Cloud drops anchor this morning off the island of São Tomé. We plan to go ashore and start our tours of Sao Tome, the capital city to the islands of Sao Tome and Principe and the surroundings.

One of the stops will be at the impressive São Nicolãu waterfall, which not only invites to have a swim in its pool, but also is surrounded by mossy rocks, covered in liverworts, ferns, wild raspberries and impatiens that will delight botany lovers. We continue our tour higher into the mountains to the Monte Café coffee plantation, where we will be given a tour of the coffee processing facilities –obviously tasting some of the local coffee as well.

A typical lunch will be served at another plantation before returning to the city centre with its colonial architecture including the pink and white presidential palace, the 16th century Cathedral de São Tome, as well as Faro São Sebastião, which now is the São Tome National Museum. We will stroll through the city streets en route to the local market.

For those who would like to explore other aspects of the island of São Tome on their own, a half day tour of the city of São Tome will be offered, giving time for some independent exploration.

In the evening Silver Cloud will set sail for Principe and Bom Bom Island.

Day 13 — Bom Bom Island, São Tomé and Principe
This morning we will go ashore at Bom Bom Island, just offshore from ‘mainland’ Principe’s north coast, to either enjoy the beaches and the facilities of the Bom Bom Resort, or to walk towards Santo Antonio, Principe’s main town.

Our onboard Ornithologist and naturalists will lead walks to explore the island’s wildlife and scenery –others might decide to walk all the way to sleepy Santo Antonio passing small fields of plantain, cacao and manioc and watching the daily life of this tropical island.

If you prefer to stay at the resort you can take kayaks to paddle along the shore or snorkel in the clear waters, looking for colourful fishes.

In the afternoon, Silver Cloud will set sail for Limbe and our onboard Historian might enlighten you about the German influence in Cameroon during the Briefing & Recap.

Day 14 — Limbe, Cameroon
We visit Limbe in the northern region at the foot of Mt. Cameroon. One of our first stops is the Limbe Botanical Gardens founded by Germans in 1892. It served as a trials and acclimatisation centre for the introduction of exotic crop species such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, banana, teak and sugarcane for distribution within "Kamerun" and other German colonies. In its heyday it was said to be one of the most important tropical botanic gardens in the world.

We will also visit the “Jungle Village” for a cultural presentation of various dances from all over Cameroon. Cameroonians are famed for their skilled wood carvings including masks, and Silversea has arranged for various craftsmen to come to display and sell their goods today. This unique opportunity will permit you to purchase some very unusual souvenirs.

We will also visit the Limbe Wildlife Centre. This is home to some critically endangered wildlife species and we will have the opportunity to see a variety of primate species including Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, drill monkeys, western lowland and Cross River gorillas, plus several species of long-tailed monkeys such as the locally endemic Preuss’s guenon. During a short lecture we will learn more about the centre’s work as well as their struggles and successes in educating the local population on the importance of conservation.

For those bent on getting closer to Mount Cameroon, a drive to Buea, the former capital of German Cameroon, and the Mount Cameroon National Park with a hike on its lower slopes through forest and savanna awaits.

Silver Cloud will set sail for Cotonou, Benin in the evening.

Day 15 — At Sea
This leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team. Attend lectures about Benin and Togo and their role in the infamous slave trade or relax in one of the lounges with that book you’ve been meaning to read, and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Perhaps a wine seminar or teatime’s Team Trivia will call your attention.

Day 16 — Cotonou, Benin
Silver Cloud will dock this morning at Cotonou, Benin, referred to by many as the ‘Latin Quarter of Africa’. Today’s full day tour will head out on tour to Ouidah and Lake Nokoue.

The town of Ouidah is known as the religious capital of the country due to the numerous festivals with singing, chanting, drumming and dances that take place here. Historically, Ouidah was also one of the busiest of the West African slave embarkation points. We will walk along the “Route des Esclaves” down to the shoreline where there is an imposing arch with bas-relief sculpture to memorialise the people who were shipped out from here. An unusual feature of Ouidah is the Sacred Forest of Kpasse with its Python Temple and voodoo statues which we will visit, as well as the small local museum.
We will also travel to Lake Nokoue where we will board small motorboats to visit Ganvié, a fishing village made up of bamboo houses resting on teak stilts, perched above the water. The village was founded more than 200 years ago when Tofinou people fled to the lake to escape slave raiders. All travel between homes is done in wooden boats on the waterways that separate them. We will have the chance to see the floating market, before we go ‘ashore’ at one of the houses to see a mesmerizing presentation by Egungun dancers.
Lunch will be had at a beach resort.

Birders will be looking for Whiskered Terns, Little Egrets, Yellow-billed Kites and Pied Kingfishers.

Days 17-18 — Lomé, Togo
Silver Cloud will dock early in the morning and we will head out for tours of Togo’s capital and hinterland.

We start one of our tours driving through the old colonial town with its modern-looking independence square before reaching one of the many museums and one of the markets for a look at the old and modern life of Togo.

Another of the tours will head for Ewe village, where we will be welcomed by traditional dancers and the local school children. This will be one of the best opportunities to learn about village life in Togo and to hand over your contribution of school supplies. Fascinating fabrics will be on sale and you will be able to see how they are prepared locally. Heading further north we will reach Kloto forest and divide into smaller groups to learn about the medicinal and commercial plants found in and near the secondary forest. During lunch local musicians and dancers will entertain us, and souvenirs will be on offer nearby.

You will also have the unique opportunity to partake in a voodoo ceremony –or at least to have a look at how these ceremonies take place when we are invited in one of the suburbs to see this practice.

Our onboard Videographer/Photographer will present the Voyage-DVD recounting the many different sites and encounters of our West African voyage.  

Day 19 — Accra, Ghana
Following breakfast on board, we disembark Silver Cloud in Tema, Ghana’s largest seaport and Accra’s harbour.

 

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members as well as guest speakers and their lecture topics scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation without notice.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Inoculations
You will need to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate in order to board this expedition. Local authorities will not allow us to embark any person without this certificate. As we are travelling through some malaria areas you will want to consult with your local medical practitioner or travel clinic regarding the need for malaria prophylaxes.

Passports
Your passport will need at least two completely empty, side-by-side pages for entry into South Africa. You might be denied entry into South Africa should you not have this.

Visas
You will require visas for all of the countries visited during this expedition. Silversea has made arrangements with local authorities for visas to be issued upon arrival in each port. Your shipboard account will be charged with the fees charged to us. (Visas will cost approximately USD$30 to USD$50 per person, per port.)

Clothing
When packing, you will want to bring lightweight, sensible clothing to wear ashore, and remember to leave any jewellery or other valuables safe on board in your suite. It may be best to just leave these items at home. Visit our online retail partner Ship to Shore at www.shiptoshore.com for a comprehensive list of suggested items for your West Africa expedition.

Money
Before leaving home, make sure to change some money and break larger bills so that you have all small dollar and euro bills. Coins and large bills will be useless; ATMs/Cashpoints are few and often not functional.

School Donations
We also encourage you to bring a donation of school supplies or second-hand children’s clothing for our visits to local villages. Much-needed supplies include pens, pencils and writing tablets. Supplies will be collected on board by the Expedition Team and distributed on your behalf during the voyage.

Local Guides
Though none of the countries we visit provide a formal qualification for tour group guides, we do hire local guides in order to support the local community. It is also important to remember that among the thousands of languages spoken in Africa, local guides often speak English only as a lingua franca – a common language learned in order for speakers of different native languages to better communicate with each other.

Photography
Please ask your guide’s advice first before taking any photographs. Some of the international embassies and government buildings that we may see during our time ashore may be deemed as military or state defence objects, and thus photography is not allowed. Ignoring these rules can be considered a serious offence.

Infrastructure
In the western regions of Africa, the general infrastructure varies from fine to fair to, well … lacking. Roads are not always smooth or clear of debris and when we use local transportation, it will be the best available, but this may not be saying much.


GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

Clothes for all types of weather, boot rentals, accessories and more »

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Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.