The AFRICA PRINCESS offers a unique way of safely and comfortably accessing in one week, to a compelling sample of the huge diversity of the Bijagós: Fishing in different spots everyday, visiting several villages, and daily enjoying a new beach, as well as various scenarios of the Archipel's Bio Diversity.
For very specific requests, we can also custom design trips of one or two weeks, for groups of 8 guests.
In the Bijagós, the cruises of the AFRICA PRINCESS start every Friday and end every Thursday/Friday, in the Port of Bissau. We synchronize our schedules with the EuroATLANTIC, the TAP and the Royal Air Maroc flights.
We expect our passengers to take care of the flights. Please, contact us - we will be glad advising you on the best and most confortable options.
We will pick you in the airport and transfer you to the boat. There, following a good night sleep in your cabin, you will discover the Bijagós, ready for your first walk in a desert beach or... for your first fishing sensations.
From then on, all the meals are included and, except for the bar and fishing; there is no other way to spend money - the Bijagós is not a monetized society.
Usually we tour the South islands of the Bijagós - the most wild ones, where every day the boat moves to a new beach.
For the non-fishermen we have a varied program, personally mastered by our Comfort Manager: from swimming, sun-tanning and promenades in the beach, to walking in the forest and savanna to visit the villages, and get in touch with the Bijagós explosive Nature.
For the fishermen we have all the necessary support: fishing boats led by our fishermen, fishing tackle ( if needed), and... a lot of local expertise.
Because in every new stop, fishing is naturally done in that area, many fishermen choose to join the rest of the passengers for lunch, and return fishing afterwards. Nevertheless, for the most "passionate" ones, we usually prepare a on board pic-nick. But even those, following a good refreshing shower, they never miss our Chef's aperitifs before dinner...
While we often have lunch in a pic-nick around a table, in the beach under the palm trees, dinner is always on board. Most of the times, we eat a variety of fresh fish, just caught by our sport fisherman. Nevertheless... our Chef always surprises us.
Although our meals include standard white and red wine, should some guest want some special wine, our bar has some variety of wines for his/her choice.
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HOW TO GET THERE
Suggested actual conecting flights to BISSAU :
GMT during all the year - 1h earlier than CET ( Central Europe Time) in Winter Time
Guinea-Bissau shares the same currency with many other countrieson thatregion of Africa : the Franc CFA.
1000 Francs CFA value approximately 1,5 €
On board we accept both Francs CFA and EUROS
During the dry season, in the Bijagós the temperature ranges between 23º and 33º, with a very confortable level of humidity.
The sea water... between 26º and 29º
To contribute to distressing, our passengers need to have a normal travelling full insurance and, although during the dry season normally there are no mosquitos in the spots where the AFRICA PRINCESS moors in the Bijagós, Guinea-Bissau requests the travellers to have an updated yellow fever vaccine. Some passengers choose to take the normal malaria prevention pills.
Tourism is one of the four priorities of the official medium-term plan of the Government of Guiné-Bissau. You will notice it in para hospitality during the 1,5 h between the arrival of the aircraft and the departure from the Port of Bissau. Afterwards, in the islands it’s another World - the priorities are centuries old ...
In Bissau, the mobile communications work fairly well. Then, during the trip we will go through occasional spots with mobile coverage.
Nevertheless, we have on board a satelite telephone that is permanently conneted to the world fix and mobile networks.
In case you are interested in a mobile Internet access,occasionally you will have access to 3G, GPRS or ORANGE's EDGE technology - the "2G" .
For a smooth daily operation, the AFRICA PRINCESS, and all its crew, are equipped with VHF radios, 24/24.
Guinea-Bissau, although being a young country, has a very old History. Within Guinea-Bissau, the Bijagós are a very special ethnic group, with very unique specificities.
During the trip, our Comfort Manager will be helping you better interpret their Religions, Culture, Organization of Power, Traditions, Family Structure, Agriculture, etc…
He will also contribute to your understanding of the Bijagós Nature: animals, plants, geology, sea, etc…
We tour approximately 10 islands and islots in the most authentic and genuine part of the Bijagos
A very old and resilient culture, with strong traditions and... a lot of secrets
One of the few matrilineal societies in the Planet, with a unique balance between women, men and kids.