Explore as much of the world’s second largest continent as you desire with one of our varied Africa cruises. Choose an option that suits your timescale and budget, whether it’s a week long journey that just touches the northern tip of Morocco and the Canary Islands, or a longer voyage to discover more of the vast region; we have a cruise to suit your desires.
Cruises to South Africa are understandably one of the lengthier options but remain popular considering the country’s interesting history and developing stature. Take in one of the many safari parks to see lions, giraffes, rhinos and more in their natural land and pay a visit to Table Mountain for the stunning views. Increase your knowledge at the apartheid museum or the impressive Voortrekker Monument for a well-rounded experience with our South Africa cruises.
For those seeking a more relaxed, sunny vacation, shorter ventures to just the Canary Islands or further south to include the likes of the Gambia and Senegal are available. Plenty of cultural activities can be incorporated into your trip with the opportunity to experience the cuisines, markets, as well as the old and new towns of each destination.
Depending on the length of your trip and chosen cruise liner the size and features of your vessel will vary. On board any of our ships setting sail for Africa though, you’re guaranteed contemporary accommodation and all the amenities you could require. From a range of different cafes and restaurants that suit all diets, to quiet bars for a relaxing drink in the day and more alive ones at night, all tastes are catered for.
MSC Cruises, MSC Sinfonia, 26th Dec '17, 11 nights, sailing from Durban
Christmas / New Year Cruise
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca, 11th Jan '18, 14 nights, sailing from Cape Town
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca, 8th Feb '18, 21 nights, sailing from Cape Town
Cunard, Queen Mary 2, 10th Jan '18, 17 nights, sailing from Southampton
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca, 8th Feb '18, 28 nights, sailing from Cape Town
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca, 8th Feb '18, 35 nights, sailing from Cape Town
Oceania Cruises, Nautica, 6th Dec '17, 15 nights, sailing from Cape Town
Seabourn, Seabourn Sojourn, 23rd Jan '18, 19 nights, sailing from Rio de Janeiro
If you're an adrenaline junky then you'll love this port of call. Did you know a quarter of the world's shark species are found in South Africa's waters (half around Cape Town) - meaning if you're after an excursion with lots of adventure, you have to book a day with the sharks. Travel 110 miles out to sea to Gansbaai - the Great White shark capital of the world. Jump in a cage and experience these giants up close and personal. If you're a wildlife lover visit the Jackass Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Back on dry land a trip up Table Mountain in a cable car is a great way to spend the afternoon, and if you're looking for a bit of action why not abseil the 112 meters down to the bottom? Cape Town is a great place for food and drink - try some of South Africa's best wines, sample some fresh tuna and try delicases from a range of African countries including spongy injeras (flatbreads) from Ethiopia.
Known as 'the Friendly City', Port Elizabeth offers a relaxed atmosphere and great hospitality. There are some great walking tours on offer in Port Elizabeth including some up to the Maitland Sand Dunes. Sandboard your way down to the bottom, or just take in the stunning panoramic views, the walk is worth it. For a spot of wildlife watching head to Kragga Kamma Game Reserve, which is home to free-roaming buffalo, giraffe, zebra, nyala and bontebok, as well as a family of cheetahs. Addo Elephant Park is another great sanctuary to visit - over 550 elephants call this place home. Learn about some of this city's great history by visiting key attractions including Cape Recife Lighthouse (built in 1851), and take part in the Donkin Heritage Trail which follows in the footsteps of settlers from 1820.
Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and it offers some of Africa's most stunning architecture. Take a trip to the Royal Palace, and although you can't walk inside, the gardens are a lovely place to stroll around and take in this beautiful building. Morocco's mosques are a must-see; Hassan II Mosque is the world's third largest. It was built just off the coast on a rocky outcrop and towers above the water. The mosque itself can hold 25,000 worshippers inside, with a further 80,000 in its surrounding grounds. Further great architectural buildings include Art Deco buildings scattered around the city centre and Cathédrale du Sacré Coeur. End your sight-seeing day in one of the many restaurants in Casablanca that serve traditional Moroccan food - make sure you find one with an ocean view to watch the sunset over this colourful city.
Durban is home to some of South Africa's most stunning beaches. The city also enjoys year-round sunshine so you can really kick back and relax at this port of call. If you love shopping then you're spoilt for choice in Durban, which is home to Gateway in Umhlanga - one of the biggest shopping malls in the Southern Hemisphere. The uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, which is only a few hours drive from the city centre, is a 200 km mountainous wilderness that boasts jaw-dropping sights, from snow-capped mountains to cascading waterfalls and not forgetting the highest pub in Africa (3,000 meters above sea level).
This tiny island just off the coast of Mozambique really is Africa's answer to paradise. This uninhabited nature reserve is home to unique marine life, unspoiled beaches, secluded lagoons and mangroves. The crystal clear waters offer perfect diving conditions and the fine, white sand means you can relax in the sun. It takes a couple of hours to walk around this island, or you can catch a high-speed zodiac (inflatable rubber duck) to the bigger island of Inhaca next door.
This Namibian port is unusually situated on a lagoon, accessed via a stunning ocean and surrounded by sand dunes. This unique landscape means Walvis Bay is home to a variety of wildlife including meerkats, pelicans and flamingos. The lagoon not only offers picture perfect views, but it is also one of the most important wetlands in southern Africa and home to a number of marine birds. Walvis Bay is also a busy fishing port - around 50,000 people live in the area and the majority work on the water. Why not head to Sandwich Harbour, a popular area with anglers and try your hand at some fishing? The Bay also has a number of bars, restaurants and cafes for you to relax in after your day of sightseeing.
Tangier, the White City, is situated in northern Morocco and is home to many European (including British and French) expats. Though it's been a popular tourist destination for decades, in recent years it has had a bit of a make-over and is now home to top-notch French restaurants and beach bars. Rumours suggest the King of Morocco wants to turn it into the Monaco of Africa. It's obvious why Tangier is known as the White City - the dazzling architecture brightens it up and makes it a glorious place to explore. It's also rich in history; Tangier overlooks Cape Trafalgar where Admiral Nelson lost his life.
Dakar is probably most famous for the annual off-road rally that used to be held here up until 2007 (it now takes place in South America), but there is lots more to explore in this port including stunning views, culture and dining. Senegal's capital is located across the Cap-Vert peninsula. To get an understanding of the size of the city, head up to Les Mamelles, which are two hills offering panoramic views of the city below and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Experience some of Dakar's great music in the many bars and clubs open throughout the day and night. Dakar is also home to some delicious seafood - taste grilled fish, skewered mutton and mafe rice and dine al fresco. For a quick coffee break, head to L'Institut Français - these tropical gardens have great cafes and coffee shops to chill out in.
Situated around 570 km off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is part of 10 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Covered in cobbled streets, surrounded by barren mountains and home to a quiet harbour - this port of call is a great departure from the continent. On arrival head to the island's active volcano, Mt Fogo, which last erupted in 1995, although you'll still see farmers growing coffee and grapes on the black slopes. Move onto Mindelo and experience Cape Verde's very own French Riveria, chill out at a stylish bar, sip on a cocktail and enjoy that magical ocean view before heading back to the ship.
The capital of Gambia is home to a funny mix of colonial buildings, shanty towns and modern offices. It is one of the smallest capitals in Africa and was founded in the 19th century by the British. An array of wildlife is again on offer including 540 species of birds and crocodiles. If you fancy a bit of down time, relax on one of the many beaches, and if you fancy something a bit quieter then head south to Sanyang where all you'll find is a couple of bars and hammocks for entertainment. If you love a bargain then you'll love the shopping experience in Gambia - barter your way to great value shoes, food, hand-crafted jewellery and souvenirs.
There's a number of great shopping districts and cultural places of interest in this port of call, however, if you're short on time and you're looking for your fix of an African safari then why not book a trip to Kruger National Park. It's around a 5 hour drive from Maputo, but if you're looking for everything Africa has to offer in terms of animals, then it's well worth the day trip. At Kruger you will experience the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo, as well as the vast landscape, just be prepared to be left amazed at this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
This continent is one of the most interesting places on the planet - offering diverse landscapes, rich history and jawdropping wildlife.
A cruise to Africa is the best way to experience this continent in one holiday. Whether you're after a romantic break (sunsets on the African plains can be very romantic), or a family break (the kids will love the safaris on offer), Africa has so much for you to enjoy.
The majority of Africa is located in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres meaning its seasons are the opposite to the UK's. Peak travel season is between September and May, but Africa stays warm most of the year.
Cunard offer itineraries sailing from Southampton. If you fancy sailing in the sunshine then head to Cape Town, Auckland, Dubai or Tenerife for your departure port.
As well as Cunard, other cruise lines sailing to this warm part of the world include MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Oceania.
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