BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — One way to see Africa: on a month-long cruise.
A trip by ship departing from Lisbon traced Portuguese exploration, European colonization and the slave trade. Ports of call included Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Sao Tome, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.
The trip was emotional at times as passengers learned about the horrors of the slave trade and European colonialism. But shore excursions also offered adventure and fun, including a gambol in Gambia.
The visit to Gambia’s capital, Banjul (ban-JAWL), involved a boat ride in a pirogue (pih-ROHG), a visit with school kids and a beach barbecue.
Shore excursions booked through cruise lines can be pricey. Passengers can usually find bargains booking tours on their own with local vendors.