PEREGRINE Adventures has extended its adventure cruise program to West Africa, having announced a new itinerary travelling between Senegal and The Gambia.

“Our travellers have responded to a style on the water that is akin to our style on the land — authentic and low-impact travel,” Peregrine Adventures’ general manager marine Filippos Venetopoulos said.

“These are cruises for travellers who would never normally choose a cruise,” he said.

To debut next year, Peregrine’s new itinerary is an eight-day round-trip from the Senegal capital Dakar, travelling south along the country’s coast before exploring the Gambia River, priced from $3,140pp.

“Our West Africa voyage visits villages and towns untouched by the notion of tourism,” Venetopoulos said.

“Take Kuntaur, where we enjoy a cinema night with the locals. Kuntaur lacks electricity for the most part so our guests get to experience cinema with popcorn that has been made by locals,” he said.

Among other highlights of the itinerary is a visit to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve where woodlands, mangroves and salt marshes are home to wildlife including hyenas and crocodiles. Guests will also sail past an island chimpanzee colony for a chance to glimpse the primates in their natural habitat as part of a chimp rehabilitation project.

The introduction of an Africa itinerary follows Peregrine’s initial launch of adventure cruising in Europe last year. Having experienced a 35% growth in its cruise bookings, the operator is also planning an expansion in Asia at the end of this year.

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