The Bijagos Archipelago and Cape Verde - with National Geographic

12 days / 11 nights
    Expedition
    National Geographic
    The Bijagos Archipelago and Cape Verde - with National Geographic

    Cruise Africa

    from 24 October 2019 to 4 November 2019
    12 days / 11 nights

    Departure Port : Praia
    Arrival Port : Dakar

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

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    In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.  

    Board Le Dumont-d’Urville for a fabulous expedition cruise between Praia and Dakar. This brand-new 12-day adventure will enable you to discover two exceptional archipelagos including wild nature, cultural heritage and encounters with the local populations.  

    In Cape Verde, you will call at the island of São Nicolau, which will delight you with its pristine mountain landscapes, its picturesque capital, Ribeira Brava, its friendly inhabitants and its lively traditions.

    Further west, you will visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, where the famous morna singer Cesaria Evora was born.  

    A gigantic volcanic cone emerging from the Ocean, Fogo or “volcano island” is the most unusual in the Cape Verde archipelago. With scenery of savannah and fields of sugar cane, scattered with peaceful hamlets, Fogo offers you extraordinary panoramas.

    The second part of your cruise will take place in the Bijagos Islands. Located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, this archipelago is one of the most preserved and protected on the planet. Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is made up of 88 islands, most of which are uninhabited and nestling in the heart of an environment which often remains untouched by humans.  

    During your Zodiac® excursions, you will get as close as possible to nature, between pale-sand beaches, mangrove stretching as far as the eye can see, savannah, palm trees and baobabs.

    The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Special offer(s) :

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

     

    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *

    *The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.

    FLIGHT CREDIT

    * $AUD1 600 flight credit per person on select cruises. This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. It cannot be backdated.

    Highlights

    • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • The city of Mindelo and its elegant buildings with British and Portuguese colonial influences.
    • The sugar cane plantations and savannah on Fogo, the volcano island.
    • The diversity of the fauna in the Bissagos: saltwater hippos, crocodiles, sea turtle, rays, sawfish, otters, manatees, dolphins, birds of prey, pelicans, large wading birds, snakes, gazelles, monkeys.
    • Visit of traditional villages and encounters with the Bidyogo people who have ancestral traditions.
    • The mangrove swamp, covering more than a third of the emerged part of the Bissagos archipelago.

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      LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

      Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

      As the fourth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

      Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

      Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

      Port of call & excursions

      24 October 2019 – São Nicolau

      Praia

      Embarkation 24/10/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/10/2019 at 18H00 .

      The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.

      25 October 2019 – São Nicolau

      25 October 2019 – São Nicolau

      Arrival 25/10/2019. Departure 25/10/2019.

      Located south-west of São Vicente, the island of São Nicolau is a dramatic sight with steep, richly forested mountains that reach their peak at ᅠMt Gordo. Near the summit, the islandメs attractive capital, Ribeira Brava, nestles in a deep green valley. Not far off, you can hike along the mountain paths of Fajã, where youメll see rare and extremely old dragon trees growing naturally on the high plateaux. Coastal landmarks include the Blue Hole, ᅠpeaceful Tarrafal beach and the picturesque fishing village of Preguiça.

      26 October 2019▸27 October 2019 – Mindelo

      26 October 2019▸27 October 2019 – Mindelo

      Arrival 26/10/2019. Departure 27/10/2019.

      Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

      28 October 2019 – Fogo

      28 October 2019 – Fogo

      Arrival 28/10/2019. Departure 28/10/2019.

      Lying west of Praia, the volcanic island of Fogo is Cape Verde's highest landmark. The foothills of Pico de Fogo are ideal for hiking, with an immense caldera surrounding the active crater. Trails start at the little town of Chã das Caldeiras and you can see recent lava flows and older ones sprouting with new growth. Along the rocky coastline you'll come across picturesque Mosteiros and the historic town of São Filipe, where elegant colonial houses overlook the Atlantic.

      29 October 2019▸30 October 2019 – At sea

      29 October 2019▸30 October 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 29/10/2019. Departure 30/10/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      31 October 2019 – Caravela, Escaramoussa's beach, Bijagos

      31 October 2019 – Caravela, Escaramoussa's beach, Bijagos

      Arrival 31/10/2019. Departure 31/10/2019.

      Your stop on Caravela Island is on a vast beach along the deserted bay of Escaramoussa in the island’s north. Here too, the people have become one with nature. In this region, cut off from the rest of the world and secluded from Western influences, you’ll discover how the locals really live. You’ll be impressed by the magnificent landscapes and the exuberant wild nature of this island.

      1 November 2019▸2 November 2019 – Carache Island, Bijagos

      1 November 2019▸2 November 2019 – Carache Island, Bijagos

      Arrival 01/11/2019. Departure 02/11/2019.

      Throughout its unspoilt, wild landscapes, the Bissagos archipelago is an area of extraordinary biodiversity, remarkably well protected by local communities. This constellation of islands, bathed by the Atlantic, is home to extremely varied flora and fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll enjoy Caravela and Carache Islands wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

      3 November 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

      3 November 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

      Arrival 03/11/2019. Departure 03/11/2019.

      Throughout its unspoilt, wild landscapes, the Bissagos archipelago is an area of extraordinary biodiversity, remarkably well protected by local communities. This constellation of islands, bathed by the Atlantic, is home to extremely varied flora and fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll enjoy Caravela and Carache Islands wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

      4 November 2019▸3 November 2019 – Dakar

      Dakar

      Disembarkation 04/11/2019 at 08H00 .

      On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Guinea Bissau: visa delivered and charged onboard (85 € subject to change).

        The yellow fever inoculation is mandatory for this cruise, bring along the original certificate. A copy of your certificate must be sent to PONANT at least 45 days prior to your cruise. However, it is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advice relating to travel through these regions.

      • Cabo Verde: Citizens of the European Union and United Kingdom must complete a pre-registration form by following the instructions detailed on www.ease.gov.cv. This formality is mandatory but free of charge and must be completed at least 7 days prior to your cruise. On the same platform you will have to pay the new airport security tax (3,400 Cape Verde Escudos/approximately 31 €). Passengers of other nationalities must proceed with the same formalities, however the pre-registration is not free of charge.

      Theme

      Tropical Expedition

      Tropical Expedition

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. On the cruises that permit this activity, the naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the submarine fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      National Geographic

      National Geographic

      National Geographic & PONANT Expedition Cruises

      For 130 years, National Geographic has explored the people, places and events of our world, showcasing the works of leading explorers, scientists, environmentalists, photographers and film makers. It is National Geographic’s deep belief that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and take responsibility for it. That’s why National Geographic and PONANT have partnered to offer unique ocean cruise expeditions that explore the far corners of the world.

      Aboard each luxury, small group PONANT voyage, a National Geographic expert and photographer will join guests to share their knowledge and insights. They will enrich the expedition experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions, offering photography tips and a chance to make a difference.

      From these expeditions, portions of the profits will be donated to the National Geographic Society, which supports researchers and experts engaged in protecting and preserving the planet and its various species and populations. National Geographic Society has funded groundbreaking scientists and changemakers, each year offering over 450 grants to researchers and explorers, and sharing their findings with the world.

      To learn more visit: nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

      Discover the 5 reasons to travel with PONANT & National Geographic

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Andrew Evans

      Andrew Evans

      National Geographic Expert

      Author, travel writer, and TV host Andrew Evans has completed some 50 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and more than 100 countries. For years a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine and its “Digital Nomad,” Andrew holds degrees in geography and Russian foreign policy and is fluent in Russian and French. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin, which the New York Times picked as one of “Summer’s Best Reads.” Andrew has received four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. He will share his knowledge of the geography, history, and culture of Cape Verde, the Bijagos, and the Kurils on upcoming National Geographic expeditions with PONANT.

      Spoken Languages: English, French (fluent), Russian (fluent), Spanish (conversational), Arabic (basic), Icelandic (basic), Swahili (basic)

       

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      Josh Humbert

      Josh Humbert

      National Geographic Photographer

      Based between French Polynesia and the United States, Josh Humbert specialises in photographing marine environments and images that tell a deeper story for conservation. In 2014, Josh documented a digital story for National Geographic about the conservation thread surrounding Tahitian pearl farming. Having arrived there at the age of two, he is deeply connected to Tahitian culture and has been involved in pearl farming for over 25 years through his own family's pearl farm in the northern Tuamotus. Humbert’s professional career began by shooting photos amid the surfing waves of Tahiti, and his ability to get close to fish on breath-hold allows him to capture unique angles and content. Josh’s images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and have appeared in numerous magazines and books worldwide.

      Spoken Languages: English (Native); French-Tahitian Native (Fluent); Tahitian (Conversational); Spanish (Basic)

       

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      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landings"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

      Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

      Travelling to isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. In remote areas, please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

       

      Clothing tips:

      • Cotton comfortable and light-weight shorts/bermuda shorts
      • Light weight long trousers
      • Long-sleeved breathable SPF50+ shirts
      • Cotton short sleeved T-shirt
      • Aquatic UV long-sleeved T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming 
      • Closed, high-cut, slip-resistant water shoes
      • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
      • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap and veil to protect the neck
      • Comfortable walking shoes

      Accessories:

      • Highly protective sunglasses.
      • Sunscreen and after-sun with high SPF index & insect repellent
      • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
      • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
      • Camelbak (backpack with water pockets)
      • Walking poles (highly recommended).

       

      Please note:

      During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

      Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

      Benefits of the PONANT store:

      • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
      • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
      • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
      • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        04/11/2019 – GORÉE, THE MEMORY ISLAND AND DAKAR

        410.00 AU$ **

        More information

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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