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    Family Yacht Cruise through Senegal and Gambia


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     These beautiful images emerged from a family yacht cruise through Senegal and Gambia by contven and his family in December last year. "The moment I saw Inside Africa' [on CNN] it just awoke all my memories of my precious yacht cruise experience through the Gambia River and I needed to share it," he said.

    Photo #9 was featured as the CNN Travel Photo of the Day for December 21, 2012.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    West Africa the Variety Cruises way...

    West Africa. A lesser-known Africa, perhaps, but once experienced, it’s a region that feels as if you’ve always known it. Gambia is a nation hidden within the borders of Senegal, discreetly tucked within her geography. A river defines the country’s topography with its calm beautiful waters, filled with birds from beyond your imagination, animals from another era and a very special people. It’s a place still hidden from our current century and untouched by the commodities we take for granted. But there’s a flipside to that coin, one I was blessed enough to see, touch, smell and, last but not least, feel.
    It all began with a flight from New York to Dakar via Madrid. I was to join my family there, and so it was. Dakar is the bustling epicenter of Senegal. The perfect example of a place where the poor and the rich live under one city roof sharing two lives that are so different, but at the same time so vastly similar. We would join our mega yacht the “MY Pegasus” in a couple of days for the Rivers of West Africa cruise, which I had been looking forward to for years. As soon as we arrived our guide, Ismin, joined us; our small bus was waiting to take us to the Teroubi hotel. I have to say this was my first visit to Africa, likewise for my siblings. My parents had already explored various African countries, including The Gambia. However, I will share this story through my eyes, those of a person who was about to fall in love with Africa at first sight.
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