African Discovery

African Discovery

21 Days
DEPARTS 18 November 2015

Price from$13,570

Ghana • Togo • Benin • Principe • Sao Tome • Angola • Namibia • South Africa

Africa - the very name evokes images of women in vibrant robes, bustling markets and colourful cultures - but on this unique Journey you will discover there is so much more. Our journey starts with 6 days in Ghana exploring ancient cultures and rituals, colonial influences and intricate handicrafts. Then from the refined luxury of Silversea's Silver Cloud, explore Africa's amazing Atlantic coast, from bustling Lome and Cotonou to the remote and exotic islands of Sao Tome and Principe and the stark, beautiful wilderness Namibian Skeleton Coast. We end in Cape Town - a stunning end to what will be a journey of a lifetime.

On this journey you will enjoy the following special experiences:

•Be immersed in the Ashanti culture Embrace one of the mightiest kingdoms in Africa, rich in heritage and with incredibly colourful markets and amazing handicrafts. The Ashanti people are renowned for their friendly and welcoming nature.

•Visit a colonial-era fort in Accra A long history of influences from the Dutch, British, German and Portuguese colonists pervades countries along this coast. Ghana has the greatest concentration of colonial-era forts in Africa and we will visit one of these in the capital Accra.

•Discover a hidden gem Visit the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe with its magnificent beaches and verdant tropical jungle. Only a small number of international visitors make it to this isolated paradise.

If you have travelled on one of our Journeys before, we would like to offer you a saving of $400 per couple (or $200 per person) if you book this journey.

African Discovery map

Day 1: Arrive Accra, Ghana Arrive in the morning for an orientation tour of the city with your tour host and other group members. Meet in your hotel lounge this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 2: Accra > Nkawkaw (B,L,D) Further sightseeing in Accra then drive inland to Nkawkaw via the Bunso Arboretum, home to more than 100 bird species and a rich diversity of herbs and trees. At Abompe, stop to experience village life and bauxite bead making.

Day 3: Nkawkaw > Kumasi (B,L,D) We continue to Kumasi - the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the 19th century, when the British annexed the Ashanti country to their Gold Coast colony. Visit the Ashanti Cultural Centre with its rich collection of Ashanti artefacts in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house.

Day 4: Kumasi (B,L,D) This morning we explore Kumasi and its vibrant markets. In the afternoon attend (if available) a traditional Ashanti funeral attended by mourners wearing beautiful red and black togas. In Ashanti culture this is a "festive" celebration where the deceased are considered to be still present in the family. The chief arrives surrounded by his court in the shade of large umbrellas as drums give rhythm to the dancers whose intricate moves are highly symbolic.

Day 5: Kumasi > Cape Coast (B,L,D) Visit the small town of Elmina along the way to Cape Coast - a fishing port where hundreds of large, colourful pirogues leave each day to fish in the Atlantic Ocean. Its historic buildings are inhabited by locals and are next to the temples of the "Asafo", where warriors still leave their offerings on imposing colourful statues.

Day 6: Cape Coast > Accra (B,L,D) After breakfast visit Kakum National Park, with the world's highest canopy walk up in the trees. Walking between 120 to 150 feet above the ground, you will enjoy an incredible view of the rain forest. At this height, the trees offer a breathtaking view of life in their canopies. Continue to Accra where we board our luxury cruise ship, the Silver Cloud.

Day 7: Lome (B,L,D) We spend today in the capital of Togo. Shore excursions are available to explore the city with its colonial history, colourful traders and voodoo market.

Day 8: Cotonou (B,L,D) Cotonou is at a crossroads of commerce. Its markets are some of the most varied in the region. The distinctive burgundy and white striped Cotonou Cathedral is also worth a visit.

Day 9: At Sea (B,L,D)

Day 10: Principe (B,L,D) Today we visit a beautiful island in the Atlantic, where you will instantly enjoy the laid-back tempo. The island has miles of perfect palm-fringed beaches, emerald rainforest, verdant mountains and mellow fishing villages.

Day 11: Sao Tome (B,L,D) See another island with remote golden beaches and volcanic mountains in the rainforest. Their culture is a mixture of African and Portuguese influences and the locals are known for their ussua and socope rhythms.

Day 12: At Sea (B,L,D)

Day 13: Luanda (B,L,D) Visit the capital and largest city in Angola, founded by the Portuguese in 1575, the city has had a tumultuous history, finally achieving peace in 2002 after a long civil war. Now with a swelling population and surge of development, the city is experiencing a rebirth and has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Days 14 & 15: At Sea (B,L,D)

Day 16: Walvis Bay (B,L,D) Visit Walvis Bay, a town home to a wide lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in Southern Africa.

Day 17: Luderitz (B,L,D) This small town is wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard. It's noted for its fine collection of graceful buildings from the German colonial era. Set against a background of black rock and the sparkling blue waters of the bay, this architectural heritage gives the town its special charm. Just six miles east of Luderitz lies Kolmanskop. This one-time boom town was abandoned over 30 years ago. An attempt at restoring some of this ghost town allows visitors a glimpse of life in a diamond mining community. With the desert dunes fast encroaching on many of the buildings, there is an eerie feeling about the place.

Day 18: At Sea (B,L,D)

Day 19: Cape Town (B) We disembark in Cape Town, a vibrant city full of natural beauty with a Dutch and English blend. We check in to the Victoria & Alfred Hotel in the heart of the waterfront, Cape Town's original Victorian harbour packed full of restaurants, bars and shops. Today we have a tour of this beautiful city and take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Day 20: Cape Town (B) Today we visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. You'll be immersed in the rich history of human spirit which prevailed adversity. This evening we have a farewell dinner.

Day 21: Depart Cape Town (B) We have a final breakfast where our journey ends.

• A World Journeys host • Accommodation in 4 star hotels • Accommodation on 5-star Silver Cloud, including port taxes • Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Meals as indicated • Gratuities

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

Vista Suite

Veranda Suite

Mid - ship Veranda Suite

$13,570

$15,330

$15,670

$16,975

$19,200

$19,605

Departs

18 November 2015.

Booking conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $2,500 per person is required, with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Flights to the start and from the end of your tour • Items of a personal nature • Visa (if applicable) • Shore excursions off the ship • Travel insurance (mandatory)

Gratuity

In the countries we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host.