Arrive in Libreville in the late evening and transfer to the /Radisson Blu Okoumé Palace Hotel/ for overnight. *Accommodation*: Radisson Blu Okoumé Palace Hotel
After breakfast, depart on a city tour, visiting the local market, the lovely seafront boulevard, and stylish Louis Quarter known for its fashionable clubs, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy lunch at a lovely beachside restaurant, before embarking the /Caledonian Sky/ in the early afternoon. *Accommodation*: The /Caledonian Sky/
The ship will spend the day anchored off idyllic /Bom Bom Resort /on Príncipe’s northern tip. Birders and hikers set off for the lush interior to search for several species of endemic birds, including the Príncipe kingfisher, Príncipe sunbird, and endangered Príncipe speirops. The rest of the group will enjoy a tour of photogenic Santo Antonio, home to 1,500 welcoming residents, lovely Portuguese architecture, and colorful produce markets. This afternoon Zodiacs take you to Banana Beach for a swim in the warm waters with the option to snorkel among the ancient volcanic rocks. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Set out by Zodiac for the town pier at São Tomé. Drive into the interior for a short walk through picturesque forest to the stunning Sao Nicolau Waterfall. From here continue to the Monte Café Coffee Plantation for a guided tour and tasting of what some consider the world’s best coffee. You may then choose to enjoy lunch at the Bombaim plantation, view and photograph another beautiful waterfall, and continue to tiny, picturesque Trinidade Village. Or, opt for lunch in São Tomé and a tour of the Cathedral, the National Museum, the local artisan’s gallery, and enjoy a folkloric dance performance. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Enjoy two educational days at sea as lecturers recap your experiences in Gabon and São Tomé & Príncipe. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
This morning choose a tour of the Cape Coast Castle, a World Heritage Site, built by the Swedes in 1653 and subsequently conquered by the Danes, the Dutch, the local Fanti tribe, and finally the British, who established the seat of the British administration of the Gold Coast here until 1877. Or, elect to travel into the Kakum National Park for a rainforest canopy walk that includes one of the longest and highest suspended rope bridges in the world. Both groups enjoy lunch at a nearby beach resort before setting off to visit the 15th-century Portuguese Elmina Fort—Africa’s oldest permanent building. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Cosmopolitan Abidjan is the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire and a city tour takes you through the business district of Le Plateau, filled with gleaming sky-scrapers, chic boutiques, and outdoor cafes. Observe interesting colonial architecture and colorful markets as you continue on to Abodo, Africa’s largest outdoor laundry where hundreds of Fanicos (washers) crowd together in a stream to wash their clients’ clothes. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Spend your day at sea attending lectures on western Africa’s momentous history, diverse cultures, and natural wonders. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Liberia’s capital and most populous city boasts beautiful beaches, a thriving culinary scene, and a fascinating history. Visit the National Museum which traces Liberia’s tumultuous history, and browse the bustling Waterside Market, where you can find colorful textiles, leather goods, and pottery. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Today arrive in Aberdeen, a suburb of Freetown, with beautiful white-sand beaches lined with lively shops and restaurants. Permission pending, visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, set in a spectacular rainforest habitat. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Just off the coast of Guinea Bissau, the Bissagos Archipelago is protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Today, join naturalists to explore Joao Viera and Poilao Marine National Park, an important nesting site for green, hawksbill, and olive ridley turtles, as well as several species of terns. The next day, visit Parque Nacional do Grupo de Ilhas de Orango. Spend the day exploring this unique habitat that is home to rare, saltwater-adapted hippos, crocodiles, five species of marine turtles, and the African manatee. In the afternoon, meet with the lovely Bijagos people to learn about their traditional matriarchal system. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Birders set out this morning for the Abuko Nature Reserve where more than 290 bird species can be seen—including African paradise flycatchers, violet turacos, little greenbuls, and Abyssinian rollers. A second group departs for a tour of the Makasutu Culture Forest showcasing the five ecosystems protected here. Traditional Joal tribal dancing, a pirogue ride, and palm wine tasting are highlights. During lunch, sail upriver to Albreda Village and Kunta Kinteh Island, a World Heritage Site, where The Gambia’s slave history began. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
Today, visit the infamous slave-trading center, Gorée Island, including the moving 18th-century House of Slaves, the Women’s Museum, and the fortified Le Castel. An afternoon tour of Dakar includes the Great Mosque, French colonial buildings, the President’s Palace, and the impressive new African Renaissance Monument. Check in to the /Radisson Blu Dakar Hotel /for dinner and a chance to relax before your independent late evening flight. Tour ends here. *Accommodation*: The Caledonian Sky
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm
Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups
may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrham Expeditions, and other clients. This trip
is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer
service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core
principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
Most activities require a moderate level of exertion. You must be able to
walk, unaided, over sometimes rough terrain, such as unpaved roads and uneven
trails. Be prepared for high heat and humidity throughout this itinerary.
Some of the areas we visit lack modern facilities and the infrastructure can
be poorly developed, expect occasional delays.
The Caledonian Sky
The all-suite, 100-guest /Caledonian Sky/ is a spacious, yet intimate,
expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2018, her beautifully designed public
spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano,
elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small
gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite
bathroom, flat-screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The
/Caledonian Sky/ carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote
shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.
* Five decks of guest facilities.
- Castle Deck – guest suites, dining room, doctor’s office. -
Caledonian Deck – guest suites, bar, lounge, reception. - Promenade
Deck – guest suites with direct deck access, gym, hair salon. - Bridge
Deck – guest suites with private balconies, bridge, outdoor dining. -
Panorama Deck – sun deck, library, Panorama Lounge, and bar.
* Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
* The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent
upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
* Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.
* All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be
reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite
bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television,
personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled
air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat
prongs)at 110 volts.
* Castle Deck has Category 1 suites that are 244 square feet and have three
* Caledonian Deck has Category 2 suites that are 232 square feet with large
* Promenade Deck has Category 3 suites that are 217 square feet with a
picture window; Category 4 suites that are 217 square feet with direct
deck access via a sliding glass door; and Category 5 suites that are 243
square feet and feature two forward-facing portholes and direct deck
access via a sliding glass door.
* Bridge Deck has Category 6 suites that are 217 square feet and have patio
doors leading to private balconies that are 60 square feet.
* The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
* Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must
be made in advance.
* Breakfast is served buffet-style and a la carte.
* Dinner is served in the main restaurant. When weather permits, meals can
also be served on deck.
* Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24
hours a day.
* Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs and is equipped to offer scuba
* Public spaces include a large lounge for lectures, Panorama lounge and
bar, gym, and library with reference books, novels, DVDs, and computers
with Internet access.
* Free onboard Wi-Fi is available for all guests.
* Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s
office are available on board. Rates are posted.
* The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa,
MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard
/Cofounder & Expedition Leader/
Mike is one of the original cofounders of Zegrahm Expeditions. He was raised
in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break
from college. He received a degree from Skidmore College in bio/psychology
where he graduated in 1985. That same year Mike embarked on a full-time
career in adventure travel. With nearly 35 year’s experience, Mike is
considered the most experienced expedition leader in the industry. Mike has
conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its onshore
laboratory and aboard one if its research vessels, he is a member of The
Explorers Club, holds a US Coast Guard captain’s license, and received his
scuba instructor certificate from NAUI. When not leading expeditions, Mike
lives in Salt Lake City and spends his free time traveling around the globe.
After college, Lisa earned a master’s degree in International Studies, and
her desire to explore the world brought her to Zegrahm Expeditions in 1993.
Since then she has had the opportunity to visit all seven continents numerous
times and feels very fortunate to have experienced the world with Zegrahm
while helping to deliver unique educational adventures. She has held a
variety of positions within the company; both in the office and in the
field—from Program Manager to Expedition Leader—and for many years,
Director of Expedition Staff. Today, she is very happy to return to the role
Cruise Director. Lisa has an incredible ability to keep a dozen balls in the
air and her remarkable sense of humor finds levity in even the most
challenging situations. In addition to her work at Zegrahm, she and her
husband own a restaurant on Whidbey Island in Washington State—an ideal
place to raise their two children.
Lynne was born and raised in South Africa and after finishing her education
spent several years teaching there. Her love for travel led her around the
globe, and eventually turned into a career in the adventure travel industry
as cruise director. Since 1995 she has traveled from Antarctica to the
Arctic, through Africa and the Indian Ocean, Russia, the South Pacific, and
Australia. Voyages have taken Lynne to every continent and across every ocean
aboard expedition vessels ranging from Russian icebreakers to Australian
catamarans. She has tried to settle down on numerous occasions; however, the
lure of the sea is too strong, and she keeps going back out in the field,
where her cheery personality, abundant energy, and industry knowledge serve
her well in her positions as expedition leader and cruise director.
Dr. Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the
Australian National University, with a special interest in the indigenous
peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. More than three decades of
academic research and university teaching have led to a sound knowledge and
understanding of many cultures around the world and the theoretical
foundations that human societies share. Growing up in California and
exploring her suburban neighborhood, Shirley’s passion for understanding
different cultures was sparked by discovering ancient artifacts from Native
Americans long dispossessed of their lands. Now widely traveled, she has had
firsthand experience of the ways in which communities form and develop
distinct, yet interrelated cultures. Related to this has been research into
the origins and dispersal of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Taiwan and
their eventual colonization of the South Pacific, Madagascar in the Indian
Ocean, and their only colonization of the southeast Asian mainland in
Living in England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States,
Shirley developed fluency in Italian and the Vakutan language. She has led
groups of Italian tourists around England, as well as American tourists
throughout Western Europe; sailed in ocean-going outrigger canoes while
living for almost two years with the indigenous people in the Trobriand
Islands, a tiny coral atoll in Papua New Guinea; and lectured at prestigious
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and the Australian National University in
Canberra. Shirley has specialized in studying the anthropology of art,
convinced that understanding the way people represent their ideas through art
and architecture provides valuable insights into our perceptions and
relationships with the world around us. Her studies have led to degrees from
Stephens College Missouri and the Australian National University. She has
contributed several academic papers to peer-reviewed journals and books, and
has written a book recounting her research and experiences in the Trobriand
Islands titled ‘The Art of Kula’.
Shirley is passionate about mental and physical wellness, and is a senior
instructor in the Australian fitness industry and a master yoga teacher. For
relaxation and pleasure she enjoys studying the origins of yoga and its place
within Indian society, music, quilting, and scuba diving the Great Barrier
Annette was born in southern Germany, but grew up in the Dominican Republic,
Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. At an early age she accompanied her father on
geological survey and mapping projects that took her to remote West Africa.
It was during this time that her profound interest for different cultures and
their history was awakened, as well as her fascination for traveling off the
beaten track. She studied archaeology, ethnology, and political sciences at
the University of Bonn, Germany, and has worked on excavations in such
diverse places as the Rhineland, Netherlands, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, and
Bolivia. Her focus was and is always the interface between archaeology and
ethnology, taking into account living oral traditions and ethnohistoric
sources to better understand the past. After Annette received her doctorate
from the University of Bonn with a dissertation about a hitherto little-known
cultural complex in the Amazon lowlands of Bolivia, she moved to Chile and
lived in Santiago for five years. In 2010 she started working for the German
Expedition to Easter Island of the German Archaeological Institute, since
2011 as Deputy Project Director. The main focus of the archaeological
investigation is the prehistoric human adaptation to difficult environmental
circumstances and the far-reaching transformation of landscape. The initial
settlement of the Solomon Islands was another of her research objectives,
where she excavated a vast knapping site and a rock shelter with human
burials in the dense rainforest of the island of Malaita. Her anthropological
research in the Solomon Islands was focused on drums as means of
communication, and the use and significance of sacred plants in different
tribal areas. Fanning out from Rapa Nui to other Polynesian islands she had a
comparative research project on the Society Islands and the Marquesas to
better understand the cultural relationships between the remote Polynesian
islands and the significance of ritual architectonical complexes that appear
in the archaeological record of the different distant islands. As of early
2019, Annette will also be working in Palau, Micronesia on an
interdisciplinary project involving archaeology, botany, geomorphology, and
anthropology and will focus on the monumental earthworks of Babeldaob.
Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the
tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on
a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and
environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast
and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote wetlands
where he monitored loon nests. After such field biology projects as surveys
for mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, bird migration
monitoring in Canada, and a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian
Amazon, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and
island ecology on Catalina Island in California for several years. He has
also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well
tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks.
Madalena grew up surrounded by Portugal’s maritime history in Belém, where
she dreamed about exploring the oceans. Her love for the sea led her to study
marine biology and receive a master’s degree in Natural Resources
Management, specializing in Ecotourism. After graduating, Madalena moved to
Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, and worked with local
communities on the implementation of a responsible tourism project.
Madalena’s biggest passion is traveling the world and connecting with
different cultures, exploring the wilderness, and embracing local
experiences. Since graduating, she has traveled to Central & South America,
Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. When she is not on an expedition
exploring the world, she is a naturalist at the aquarium, Oceanário de
Lisboa, raising awareness on ocean conservation and biodiversity.
Pepper grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, on a wonderfully
dilapidated 100-acre farm. A family trip to Mexico when he was 12 instilled a
lifelong love of travel, which has taken him to all seven continents and
across the oceans of the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University
for his field study of the mating behavior of the spectacular Guianan
cock-of-the-rock in Suriname, and he's since carried out field work on bird
behavior and conservation in the Caribbean, Panama, Polynesia, and Vietnam. A
Fellow of the American Ornithological Society, Pepper lives in Ashland,
Oregon, where he works at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics
Laboratory. As the nation’s only forensic ornithologist, he is responsible
for identifying all bird remains submitted in investigations of federal
wildlife crimes and testifies as an expert witness in courts around the US.
Pepper much prefers living birds, however, and his enthusiasm and sense of
humor give birders and non-birders alike a new appreciation for the wonders
of the avian world.
Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He is a highly
respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding
experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic.
Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and
broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT
administration. He has written a number of books including, The Birds of
Ireland – A Field Guide (2013), Freshwater Birds of Ireland (2011),
Shorebirds of Ireland (2009), Irish Garden Birds (2008) and An Identification
Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins (2006). He has produced two educational
DVDs, Bats of Ireland (2009) and Whales and Dolphins of Ireland (2004). He
also co-produced an iPhone app called Antarctic Wildlife Guide (2015), the
first photo-ID guide app to the birds, whales, dolphins, and seals of the
Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Beagle Channel, and
Ushuaia. As well as being involved in many national and international
conservation projects, he set up the long-running national Irish Garden Bird
Survey. He was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s equivalent
of the Audubon Society and is a former director of the Irish Whale and
Ron is a former professor who taught courses on the culture, ethnicity,
folklore, religion and geo-politics of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East at
the University of Oregon for 30 years. For the past 50 years he has traveled
extensively throughout these regions conducting research on these factors and
how they influence human activity, relations, and development. As such, he
has become a consultant for the US and a number of foreign governments on
cultural, ethnic, national, and religious conflict, and has provided expert
witness testimony regarding international issues. He is also an ardent
folklorist of the Balkans and has taught ethnic dance from all of the Balkan
countries. He also owns one of the world’s largest and most extensive
collections of traditional Balkan costumes. He is an engaging lecturer and
has earned a number of teaching and faculty awards throughout his career. He
is also a linguist, speaking Russian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Serbo-Croatian, as
well as being conversant in Macedonian and German. To date, Ron has been a
lecturer and leader on over 150 international tours and trips.
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