On board MS BREMEN from Dakar to Cape Town

Expedition Knowledge: On the Continent of Good Hope

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Prof. Dr Rainer Tetzlaff, expert in politics: “At present Africa is being discovered a second time around. Form your own picture of this fascinating development. Superb experiences of nature, unfamiliar cultural impressions and experience reports from 50 years of post-colonial Africa enable you to conjecture the future of the continent from new angles.“

from Dakar to Cape Town

Cruise dates:from 26.10.2013 to 18.11.2013 (24 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1320

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Sat, 26.10.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Dakar
Dakar/Senegal, arrival 24.00 hrs

Sun, 27.10.2013

Banjul/Gambia, arrival 8.00 hrs

Rich myths and the treasures of nature 
Your African explorations begin in the state with the smallest surface area in this huge continent. At the outlet of the Gambia River into the Atlantic lies the capital Banjul. Follow its legends on the excursion Impressions of Banjul and the Surrounding Region* when you visit i.a. the Crocodile Pool in Bacau. The water is said to promise plentiful offspring. You will be familiarised with the fertile natural surroundings during a Walk and Boat Trip in the Makasutu Natural Park* with primeval mangrove swamps, savannas and dense forests, a habitat for numerous species of birds.

Mon, 28.10.2013

Banjul, departure 12.00 hrs, James Island ?

You will take a trip into the past on James Island. The small island, since 2003 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, gives you an impressionable understanding of the history of the West African slave trade.

Tue, 29.10.2013
- Fri, 01.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 02.11.2013

Takoradi/Ghana, arrival 7.00 hrs

Ghana owes its significance to great gold deposits. You will experience the country’s lush primeval forest when setting out from Takoradi on a spectacular tour in the Kakum National Park*. Your path will lead over hanging bridges, partly over 40 m high, through the treetops of the African rainforest. Alternatively you can explore the jungle on a hike at ground level. Learn about the background of the history of slavery quite authentically on the excursion Cape Coast with a Visit to Elmina Castle*, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Portuguese in 1482 when they were searching for the sea passage to India. Or ride in rustic, wooden boats to the stilt village Nzulezo on a  Canoe Adventure in Benyin*, and gain insights into life on and with the water.

Sun, 03.11.2013

Takoradi, departure 14.00 hrs

Back at sea, with any luck you will be able to observe a unique spectacle, the eclipse of the sun forecast for 3rd November.

Mon, 04.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 05.11.2013

Sao Tomé and Príncipe, from 11.00 to 19.00 hrs ??

A true insiders’ tip for explorers is the archipelago Sao Tomé and Príncipe with its volcanic high mountains, almost virgin rainforests and fine sandy beaches. On a guided tour gain incomparable Island Impressions*, or follow the trail of typical colonial architectural on a Guided Walking Tour in San Antonio*, before spending hours of relaxation on the wonderful beaches of the Ilheu Bom-Bom.

Wed, 06.11.2013

Ilheu Bom-Bom, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs ??

Thu, 07.11.2013
- Fri, 08.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 09.11.2013

Luanda/Angola, from 7.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

A fascinating kaleidoscope of sentiments and impressions await you in the lively metropolis Luanda, the capital of Angola. On a Guided Tour of the City* discover the legacy of the Portuguese who ruled here for around 400 years. The  Expedition South Luanda* shows you life as it is today. Among other sites visit the bustling Benfica Market, where traders offers traditional handicrafts.

Sun, 10.11.2013

Lobito, from 11.00 to 19.00 hrs

In Lobito, the harbour of which lies on a narrow promontory, you can experience the African attitude towards life. On a Journey into Originality* you can travel along the Rio Catumbela into the interior of the country and see its impressive mountain formations.

Mon, 11.11.2013
- Tue, 12.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 13.11.2013

Walvis Bay/Namibia, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

Fascinating experiences between Namibia and Cape Town
With its incomparable nature and its historic remains Namibia ensures you of some impressive moments. Starting out from Walvis Bay, the Namib Desert and Swakopmund* invite you to make extraordinary discoveries. Marvel at the Welwitschia plants in the surreally beautiful, lunar landscape that can reach an age of up to 2,000 years. On a Desert Safari* in a four-wheel car you can be transported into a world of flora and fauna and with any luck sight palmatogeckos and Namaqua chameleons.

Thu, 14.11.2013

Luderitz, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

Luderitz, with its German art nouveau buildings originating from imperial times, is as fascinating as it is curious. The Excursion to Kolmanskop* will be unforgettable. The abandoned, mansion-like houses of the former diamond-mining town are a bizarre sight in the middle of the desert.

Fri, 15.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 16.11.2013

Cape Town/South Africa, arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Overwhelming views await you from the deck of the BREMEN when you arrive in Cape Town’s harbour. Whether you let yourself be enthralled by the history and culture of the Wine-growing Region on the Cape of Good Hope* or take in impressions of the lovely metropolis on the excursion Cape Town with Table Mountain*, you will be choosing a suitable finale to your African “Expedition Knowledge”.

Sun, 17.11.2013

Guided tour, scheduled flight Cape Town – Germany

Mon, 18.11.2013

Arrival in Germany

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes. 

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:


On this Side of Africa

On the African west coast you will experience a true, intellectual

adventure. Renowned experts such as the political scientist Prof. Dr.

Rainer Tetzlaff examine current developments from historic perspectives

and show you an Africa far beyond the usual clichés. In captivating

lectures and discussion rounds, there will a focus upon i.a. the

following topics on this “Expedition Knowledge”:

  • Democrats or despots: To what extent are the African heads of state to blame for the problems of the continent?
  • Africa gets down to business: About the consequences of globalisation and the distribution of growth
  • The “Yellow Invasion”: How great is China’s influence?
  • When foreign aid does not help: The perspectives and problems of economic cooperation