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Explore Africa

Africa is such a huge continent with so much to see that a cruise can often be the perfect way to fit in a number of highlights in one trip.Best known for its exotic wildlife, rolling grasslands, vast deserts and safari adventures, Africa is also a continent of diverse cultures and beautiful beaches. From Mombasa's Old Town in Kenya to the magnificent wine producing valleys and dramatic views of Cape Town, a cruise to Africa offers everything from historic museum visits to close encounters with lions and zebra.Most cruise lines offer escorted safari tour options, pre or post cruise, that take...
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Africa
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Africa is such a huge continent with so much to see that a cruise can often be the perfect way to fit in a number of highlights in one trip.

Best known for its exotic wildlife, rolling grasslands, vast deserts and safari adventures, Africa is also a continent of diverse cultures and beautiful beaches. From Mombasa's Old Town in Kenya to the magnificent wine producing valleys and dramatic views of Cape Town, a cruise to Africa offers everything from historic museum visits to close encounters with lions and zebra.

Most cruise lines offer escorted safari tour options, pre or post cruise, that take you into central and eastern Africa, where you can observe big game and other wildlife in their natural environment.

African cruises tend to be longer than most, sometimes lasting more than 20 days, with the best time to go between September and March. Itineraries can include visits to the amazing cities of Stone Town in Zanzibar, Mombasa in Kenya and Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in South Africa.
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Cape Town, South Africa
The bustling South African city of Cape Town is a mixture of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes. Ride the cable car to the top of imposing Table Mountain; the country’s most-photographed attraction and one of the new 'seven wonders of nature'. Head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and get lost in the beautiful world of colour and nature. Take a boat trip to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or come face-to-face with a great white shark on a cage dive. No trip to Cape Town would be complete without exploring the bustling markets that line the colourful streets and dining on a platter of fresh seafood by the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
Cape Town, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Durban sits on South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coastline. This vibrant city boasts a long Golden Mile seafront promenade that runs from uShaka Marine World theme park and aquarium through to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Durban Botanical Park to view the nearly-extinct living fossil plants. Enjoy family times on Addington Beach or go ice skating at Durban Ice Arena. Savour a unique dining experience surrounded by sharks in The Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine World.
East London, South Africa
The South African city of East London sits on the estuary of the Buffalo River on the Eastern Cape's Indian Ocean coastline. Meander through the city centre and enjoy the colonial-style City Hall and the South African works of art at Ann Bryant Gallery. Head to the Hemingways Mall where you'll find over 200 shops, six cinemas, a bowling alley, and go-kart track. Bask on the golden sands of Orient Beach, Nahoon Beach, and Cove Rock. Discover fossilised human and animal footprints on display at East London Museum or step back in time at the museum at Gately House. View the indigenous African snakes at Apex Predator Park or get up close to the Big Five animals on a safari through the Inkwenkwezi and Mpongo Private Game Reserves.
East London, South Africa
Richards Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay is located in the KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa. This port town sits on a 30 square kilometre lagoon on the Mhlathuze River and boasts one of the country's largest harbours and amazing wetland scenery. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on the blue-flag Alkantstrand beach or visit the indigenous hippos and crocodiles at Richards Bay Game Reserve. Indulge in retail therapy at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre, or tuck into a platter of fresh fish and seafood on the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront. 
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