2 Week Cape Verde Adventure

Explore the islands of the blessed - Cape Verde and engage in activities from hiking, trekking, snorkeling to exploring rum factories and much more. Witness the green landscape of Cape Verde, meet its people and learn their culture, trek through green mountains and valleys, and cycle along the streets and visit pottery crafts. Explore the underwater world while snorkelling and go sea kayaking along the coasts of Tarrafal.

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Program Description

The ultimate Cape Verdean adventure program is filled with an action packed itinerary with visits to the hotspots in the island. Not only it has adventures on ground such as hiking, trekking, visiting traditional villages and even exploring a rum factory, but also it has its share of exploring the best beaches and the world under water.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):2

Max duration (weeks):2

Aims & Objectives

To introduce you to the authentic Cape Verdean culture and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: Sunday

Arrival and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Monday

Northern Island of Santiago

It’s the first day of your adventure. Today, you will visit Green valleys of Northern Island of Santiago and see beautiful landscapes and interact with local people in their villages. You will get a chance to visit a Local Rum production including tasting!

Today’s trip includes a visit to the oldest and biggest water dam in the island. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and then you will visit the famous black beaches.

Day 3: Tuesday

Serra Malagueta to Mato Brasil

Today, you will walk from Serra Malagueta to Achada Lagoa and to Mato Brasil. This hiking track has spectacular views of all parts of Santiago North.

Day 4: Wednesday

Hiking with Lunch at Farmer’s House

Walk with us in the mountains of Serra Malagueta and have lunch at an organic farm. In the valley of Lagoa, you will have impressions of a traditional Cape Verdean life style. On our track, we will meet agriculture imposing landscapes, a little oasis. You will meet a local family with whom you will spend some time to see how they live. Lunch will be served at the farmer’s house.

With a little bit of luck you can see monkeys along the route. ( 2h of hiking included)

Day 5: Thursday

Gon-Gon – the “King-Track”

The valley of Gon-gon was named after the Bird Gon-Gon. This is a stunning landscape and the hike has very spectacular views enroute. It’s a hike for accustomed hikers becaus of its duration and hight difference.

We will start from a Nature Park of Serra Malagueta, go down to the Gon-gon valley, go up over a ridge and down in the valley of Principal until we reach the ocean. It’s very beautiful and divesified – as it is believed to be the best of all – the King of Tracks!

(Duration: About 6 h / Difficulty level: Level 4 (Accustomed hikers))

Day 6: Friday

Mountain Cycling Trip

Today, we will discover the great natural surrioundings around Tarrafal while going on a bicycle Trip. (Duration: 6 h)

Day 7: Saturday

Free day to relax.

Week 2

Day 8: Sunday

Free day to relax.

Day 9: Monday

Snorkeling along the coastline

Let’s get into the deep blue and take some underwater impressions with a Snorkeling Trip. We will explore the underwater world of Tarrafal at Ponta Atum or at another beach. Our Snorkeling Guide will show you the best spots in Tarrafal to see the best of marine life. (Duration: 2 hours)

Day 10: Tuesday

Snorkeling with a fishing boat        

It’s time to explore the underwater world further out in the ocean around Tarrafal. Out there, along the clifs of Tarrafal, you will see a great diversity of fish and on good days you can even swim with the sea turtles!

The day starts at the Snorkeling-Center in Tarrafal where you will first be taught basic technical skills before we go out into the sea. (Duration: 2 Hours)

Day 11: Wednesday

Sea Kayaking

Today, you will enjoy a relaxing paddeling trip in our Sea Kayaks and explore the pristine coast line of Tarrafal. We will give you a short brefing about the basic paddling techniques before we start. You will also get to visit a lighthouse and witness mesmerising views of the ocean.

Day 12: Thursday

Kayaking, Fishing Trip and BBQ

Catch your own fresh fish on a boat trip with a local fishermen and put the fish a few hours later on the grill.

Depending on the weather conditions we will for leave the bay in the morning or around midday to catch some fresh fish. Our local fishermen know exactly where to catch them.

Once we are back from the fishing trip, we will have a BBQ with fish caught by YOU!

Day 13: Friday

Island of Santiago

It’s your last day and time to explore the north of Tarrafal along the less trodden paths. We will visit pottery crafts and also the Northern point of Santiago where you can visit an old Lighthouse and an ancient village. Later, you can also check out the Tsunami Bowlders along the coast.

Day 14: Saturday

Pack your bags and say goodbye to the local team as your adventure ends today

 

Starting Dates

During 2019

Jul 8th

Jul 22nd

Aug 5th

Aug 19th

Sep 2nd

Sep 16th

Oct 7th

Oct 21st

Nov 4th

Nov 18th

Dec 2nd

Dec 16th

During 2020

Jan 6th

Jan 20th

Feb 3rd

Feb 17th

Mar 2nd

Mar 16th

Apr 6th

Apr 20th

May 4th

May 18th

Jun 1st

Jun 15th

Jul 6th

Jul 20th

Aug 3rd

Aug 17th

Sep 7th

Sep 21st

Oct 5th

Oct 19th

Nov 2nd

Nov 16th

Dec 7th

Dec 21st

 

Additional Equipment

Hiking shoes

Sun protection

Refillable water bottle

 

Location

The city is named after the indigenous plant Tarrafe, (Tamarix senegalensis). Also called Mangui or Mangue, it is situated on the northern part of the island of Santiago. A fishing port situated on the northwestern coast and also is a municipality.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You can expect to share a room on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western toilets are available.

Available Room Types

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

4 – 8

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Laundry facilities

No

Safety box

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Private bathroom

No

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

Air conditioning

No

Fan

Yes

Mosquito protection

No

* Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends
** Tea, Coffee and Drinking water

Food Arrangements

The meals will contain a mix of local and various types of Western food.

Facilities

There are ATMs, mini marts, some shops and restaurants available in the city center.

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