Africa, a place where you can take in city life, world famous vineyards and the natural wild all in one unforgettable voyage.
The African continent has grown in popularity in recent years as a luxury cruise destination. Gone are the days when only South Africa and calls to places such as Cape Town were in the spotlight; the country as a whole has much to offer and the diversity between north and south offers an abundance of enriching travel experiences.
Safari adventures are still a huge attraction and you will find that more and more lines now offer itineraries with optional pre or post-cruise land tour options. Further north, Morocco offers a Middle Eastern vibrancy and the old Medina in Casablanca is highly recommended, while the arrid desert landscape in Nambia resonates with the kind of African authenticity that is too vast to grasp by simply looking at photos or travel guides.
From Morocco in the north, Cape Town in the south and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, what you want to take from your visit to Africa, you can thanks to the frequency of cruise ships visiting the region. Luxury cruise lines that visit Africa include Azamara Club Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Cunard and Seabourn.
Africa Cruises - Itineraries and Highlights
While there are several cruise lines that offer dedicated 'Africa-only' itineraries, voyages that visit the continent are more commonly passing through Africa as they head towards other destinations in India, Australasia and the Pacific Islands.
However, the regions popularity ensures that any ports you do visit will offer a great mixture of old-world charm and thriving cities, with frequently featured stops in countries including Senegal, Egypt and, of course, South Africa.
Depending on the route you take (and your ultimate destination) you might also be lucky enough to transit the world-famous Suez Canal. One of the world's most breathtaking feats of architecture, the Suez Canal is popular on routes that take in Egypt and the Middle East and is definitely not to be missed.
Cape Town Cruises
Despite other cities quickly catching up, Cape Town remains the heart and soul of South Africa and is as popular with tourists now as it has ever been.
Cape Town offers much to explore. From the beautiful white sandy beaches, to the amazing history and breathtaking views from the top of Table Mountain it's easy to see why Cape Town is often viewed as the jewel in the crown of any Africa cruise itinerary.
Other attractions include the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Boulders Beach and the Iziko South African Museum, which was founded in 1825 and the oldest in the country.
Africa Cruises with Safari Land Programmes
An Africa safari cruise is probably one of the most exciting cruising options on the planet and it's hard to think of a more pleasurable travel experience. Combining amazing onboard luxuries and amenities with the opportunity to take in some of the world's most amazing wildlife speices in their natural habitats, cruise lines like Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Cunard all offer voyages with optional safari land tour programmes.
Safari land programmes can be taken as either a pre or post-cruise addition to your cruise and are available from ports including Port Elizabeth, Richard's Bay, Durban and Walvis Bay. Highlights on a Safari tour include the Pumba Game Reserve, St Lucia Wetlands, Addo Elephant Park and Tala Game Reserve.
Best time for an Africa Cruise
If you are thinking about enjoying an Africa cruise but are unsure of the best time to visit, then we would recommend the months of January, February and March. Due to the size of the continent, the weather can be variable but temperatures remain high throughout this period.
Destinations in the Indian Ocean, such as Madagascar and the Seychelles are year-round cruise options, though most popular during the winter months between November and February.
Book Africa cruises with The Cruise Line
Our dedicated team of Cruise Experts are on-hand to help with every aspect of booking your dream Africa cruise. We can assist with finding competitive fares on flights, transfers and hotel accommodation should you wish to tailor-make your experience and can even arrange chauffeur driven transfers from your home to your departure airport.
For more information regarding cruising Africa or to check the latest fares and availability, please call us on 0800 008 6677.