Sailing from Brazil
Setting sail from Manaus
Situated near the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon rivers, and surrounded by thick jungle, Manaus is a remarkable place, a sweltering, steamy city in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. It first came to prominence as the centre of the rubber trade around the turn of the twentieth century, but these days it's a major port, despite its location some 1,000 miles from the sea, and it's also the centre of the Amazonian tourism industry. It's an interesting place and there are a few sights worth seeing before you venture into the jungle, including the famous Teatro Amazonas, a beautiful 19th century opera house.
The meeting of the waters of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões is really something: different colours, different speeds and different temperature too.
Brazil: Furo dos Botos
Situated on Brazil’s northeastern coast, the sprawling city of Fortaleza is best known for its beaches and nightlife, and it’s also a major seaport. There isn’t a huge amount in the way of sights, though the Mercado Central is good for shopping and there are some nice beach bars along the Praia do Futuro.
Sierra Leone: Tokeh
The resort town of Tokeh sits on one of the most attractive beaches in West Africa, against a dramatic backdrop of forested mountains. Tokeh’s heyday in the 1980s was curtailed by Sierra Leone’s drawn-out civil war from 1991 to 2002, but the town’s fortunes are now on the rise once again.
Sierra Leone: Aberdeen, Sierra Leone
Guinea-Bissau: João Vieira (Bijagos)
Banjul is the capital of The Gambia, Africa’s smallest country, situated at the point where the Gambia river enters the Atlantic. City highlights include the National Museum and the bustling Royal Albert Market, and the nearby Tanji Bird Reserve attracts ornithologists from around the world, with hundreds of colourful species.
Arriving in Dakar
The busy, dusty streets of Senegal's capital Dakar are filled with life and colour, noises, smells and local music. The city extends over the Cap Vert peninsula - as the name suggests, it is a former French colony, and the distinctive atmosphere still has traces of the French influence. You can get a great view of the flat peninsula and ocean beyond from Les Mamelles (The Breasts), two small and appropriately shaped hills. The people here are friendly and helpful, so expect a warm welcome - but watch out for the usual hustles and scams of a busy city.
For a brief respite from the heat and bustle, go to the Institut Francais in the centre of town. We find it a bit of a haven; lovely gardens to enjoy over a coffee.
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Silver Wind is a little ship with an intimate style and personal service, which has earned her a well deserved loyal and dedicated following.
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Silver Wind is a lovely size; with just 274 guests, she's a cruise ship in miniature, and an ice-strengthened hull allows her to offer both expedition and classic voyages. You can expect all the facilities and space of a larger ship, with the intimacy of a small yacht. She's comfortable in the middle of a great ocean, but can also slip up rivers and into tiny harbours.
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Where to stay in Manaus
You may enjoy the Tropical Manaus Ecoresort, a few miles outside the city. To be frank in Manaus hotel quality is poor.
Excursions from Manaus
Go to Presidente Figueiredo to see the falls and enjoy extraordinary scenery and a taste of the rainforest.
Where to stay in Dakar
The comfortable Radisson Blu is probably the best choice.
Sightseeing in Senegal
Outside Dakar lies the beautiful Pink Lake – Lake Retba. Its high salt content attracts a bacteria which creates the colour.