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Explore Africa’s Atlantic Coast

Find out more about where you could sail on a cruise to Africa, the exciting excursions you could take part in and why you should choose a boutique cruise with Saga.



Moroccan Market

Agadir is Morocco’s most important fishing port and is home to one of the largest retail markets in the country, Souk El Had. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the market’s 6,000 stalls, selling everything from clothing and footwear to musical instruments and fresh fruit. You’re bound to find some unique gifts and souvenirs here!

In Casablanca, shop at the Marche Central Market and admire the 600-foot-tall minaret of the impressive Hassan II Mosque.

The Gambia

The Gambia

Further south, visit the Gambia’s capital city of Banjul, which sits near the mouth of the infamous Gambia River. In Banjul’s Old Town you can experience the authentic bustle of local life at the Royal Albert Market.

The nearby Abuko Nature Reserve is home to a host of beautifully coloured birds, crocodiles, monkeys and other exotic wildlife. Be sure to bring your binoculars!



French-speaking Dakar in Senegal is one of Africa’s largest cities. Médina is one of the most ancient parts of the city and retains its original African character, making it the cultural centre of the city.

From Dakar you can visit Lac Rose, or take a trip to Gorée Island, the site of one of the earliest European settlements in Western Africa.

Exciting Excursions

We offer a great range of included and optional excursions on our cruises, so you’re sure to find a memorable experience to suit you. Discover some of the excursions you could experience:

Makasutu Forest Adventure

Makasutu Forest monkeys
A one-hour 4x4 ride takes you to the Makasutu Cultural Forest, home to hundreds of species of bird, monkeys, monitor lizards and mongoose, which your guide will help you spot. You may even see migrating baboons!

On arrival at Makasutu, take a trip down the river in glass fibre boats and go for a ‘bush walk’, where you may see more local flora and fauna.

Enjoy lunch at the Base Camp, featuring traditional African specialities, as local dancers and drum troupes perform under the shade of the Baobab tree.

African Highlife Show

This tour offers a great introduction to the culture and traditions of The Gambia. Enjoy a brief tour of the Ebujan theatre and admire an art exhibition by one of the country’s finest artists, Njogu.

Then take your seat and settle down for the evening. You will be entertained by a traditional play and dance show, depicting the history of The Gambia. The show offers true insight into the unique culture and vibrant traditions of this nation.

Pink Lake at Retba

Pink Lake at Retba
Enjoy the sight of pink water sparkling against the white sand dunes and watch the salt harvesters at work. Then ride up the sand dune and visit a Fulani village for a colourful welcome featuring dances, songs and musical performances.

São Vicente Jeep Adventure (from Porto Grande)

São Vicente Jeep Adventure
This excursion gives you the chance to venture off the beaten track and enjoy the unspoilt scenery of São Vincente. Your first stop is Palha Carga, a peaceful one-mile stretch of beach. You’ll then arrive at the valley of Ribeira de Calhau, where you have views of uninhabited islands and the impressive crater of the island’s volcano.

Then continue on to the white sandy beaches of Saragaca and Gatchod where you’ll find natural caves, formed from the lava of the volcano.

Why cruise with us?

Small-Ship Luxury

Designed with our guests in mind and smaller than the average cruise ship, our modern sister ships offer small-ship luxury and a private balcony for every guest. Expect excellent facilities on board, including The Spa, Salon, state-of-the-art Fitness Suite and more.

All-inclusive Cruising

Enjoy a complimentary chauffeur service, wines, premium spirits, speciality dining, gratuities, Wi-Fi and travel insurance. All included in the price.

First-Class Service

On board, we have one crew member for every two guests. From getting to know you by name to remembering your favourite drink at the bar, you’ll always receive personal, attentive service

Find out more about Saga cruises.

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