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We are proposing to join the lovely Bou el Mogdad again from 16th MARCH 2024 for a 7 day “African Queen” experience you won't forget in a hurry! 

What's on Offer

Our package includes flights and transfers from London Heathrow but if you wish to join us in Dakar please let us know. 


Thursday 14th March

Depart Heathrow at 0635 for our Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul Arrive 1330  

Depart Istanbul 1450 Arrive Dakar 1915 and transfer to the Almadies Lodge. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay.

Friday 15th March  

After breakfast…a coach transfer to northern Senegal…an amazing introduction to Africa …its peoples and animals on the drive north. We will stop for a comfort break before checking in at Hotel La Résidence in Saint Louis.

Saturday 16th March

Breakfast and rendezvous in front of the hotel La Residence around noon after a local tour as our adventure begins with a coach trip to meet up with our ship in Podor.


Boarding The Bou el Mogdad you will be greeted by the cruise director..offered a welcome drink before settling into your cabin and supper onboard.


ALL your food and ALL your drinks are included in the price of this holiday -and most “trips” off the vessel too. Its difficult to think what else you can spend your money on!!

Cruise Programme


Sunday Podor - Thiangaye

After visiting Podor Fort we set sail ...chugging down the river to Thiangaye. After lunch onboard we visit the Toucouleurs Villages along the river banks.


Back onboard for an aperitif (and doubtless brief snooze?) its time to head for the river bank at sunset for a traditional lamb barbecue illuminated by hurricane lamps - and perhaps some village children to entertain us with their school choir!


Monday  Thiangaye - Dagana

After our morning sail its another trip ashore by our tender for a traditional “ Tiep bou diet” (Rice with Fish) among the mango and palm trees. Later today we head for Dagana docks visiting the city and stopping at Fort Dagana and its swimming pool.


Tuesday  Dagana - Richard Toll

A two hour stroll round the local area visiting a traditional Paul Village then to visit “La Folie du baron berger” and the huge sugar cane factory and the sugar cane fields. 


Wednesday - Djoudj Bird Park 

Sailing today we head down river to anchor at the mouth of the Groom river that leads us to the entrance to the massive Djoudj Bird Park. Back in the tender again to the entrance of the Djoudj and then transfer to a smaller vessel for our visit to the Nature park and bird sanctuary. With ‘zillions of birds”  obviously on a huge migratory route from north to south. Bird spotters beware!! - so many species to spot…


Thursday - Diana dam

A relatively modern structure keeping the river levels high behind it - and perhaps watching the local camels vaguely interested in our passing. Sailing back to St Louis in the afternoon whilst being given a horse drawn carriage ride will certainly give you a feel for the locality.. Its the last night onboard as the explorers head down for their final supper and exchange of contact details.

Friday & Saturday - disembarkment and fly home

After breakfast onboard we head back south in our coach and eventual arrival at Dakar airport.

Depart Dakar 2100 Arrive Istanbul 0655 Saturday. 

Depart Istanbul 0845 Saturday Arrive Heathrow 0955 Saturday Morning local time.

What does it cost?

  • Standard Package £1,795 per person

  • Comfort Package £2,195 per person

  • Suite Package £2,495 per person

Based on two people sharing a cabin. Supplements are payable for single occupancy.
This price is inclusive of flights, t
ransfers and the hotel prior to boarding.

See below for Standard and Comfort cabin details.

Ship Details "Bou el Mogdad"


  • 52 meters long and 10 meters wide

  • Riveted-steel hull

  • 2.5 meters draught

  • 5 levels

  • 1 indoor restaurant

  • 1 outdoor lounge

  • 2 bars

  • 1 pool

  • 1 solarium (with bar)

  • 1 lifejacket per person

  • On-board medicine chest

  • Safety inspections are carried out every year by the Merchant Navy.


Technical specification

  • Two 200 hp Sulzer engines at 300 rpm

  • 3 power generators

  • Tender: a barge with a capacity of up to 80 passengers

  • On-board lay-out

  • 1 open terrace

  • 1 library

  • 1 boutique

  • 1 massage room

  • 1 multi-purpose hall equipped with an overhead projector and sound material.


  • Civil liability insured with AGF Sénégal

  • Whole crew trained for fire and abandon-ship drills

The Cabins

The ship has 25 cabins- all of which overlook external passageways:

  • 8 Standard cabins with double bed

  • 4 Comfort cabins with double bed

  • 8 Comfort cabins with twin beds

  • 3 Comfort cabins with double/twin beds + single bed

  • 1 Luxury suite with double bed + single bed

  • 1 Luxury suite with double bed


The Standard cabins come equipped with a washbasin, a fan and storage compartments (The ship provides passengers with 6 toilet cabins and 6 shower cabins).

The Comfort cabins and Luxury suites come also equipped with an ensuite bathroom, toilet and air-conditioning.

To make this "Africa Queen experience" booking please phone 07977 534949 to check cabin availability

The total cost of a cruise is as above depending on your cabin needs.

A deposit of £750 per person must be sent to us to confirm your booking and will confirm your flight before prices rise . Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or cheque. Our bank details are  SANTANDER BANK Sort Code 09-01-28  A/c 96780823  Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd 

If making a late booking full payment is due 60 days before the start of your holiday.
If you would like to discuss your booking. Please phone us on 07977 534949. When a booking is accepted, we will send a confirmation.

Only when you have paid your £750 per person deposit should you book your travel insurance to cover the holiday and any cancellation before departure.


March 2024

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