African Wildlife & Indian Ocean Islands
From going in search of the ‘Big Five’ on exhilarating safari adventures and discovering colourful coral reefs rich in fauna and flora to exploring unspoilt island landscapes and indulging in pure relaxation at picture-perfect, paradise beaches, this enthralling cruise aboard Boudicca packs in memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout.
A memorable journey of discovery along South Africa’s stunning coastline begins in Cape Town, [ReadMoreMob] with time to explore the ‘Mother City’ in-depth and take in iconic sights such as Cape Point, Boulders Beach and Table Mountain, before heading on to Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay for unmissable opportunities to indulge in ultimate safari experiences. Seek-out the ‘Big Five’ at on tours to breathtaking game reserves; or even join a 4x4 tour of Addo Elephant Park. [ReadMoreDesk] Then, off the coast of east Africa, visits to three idyllic islands will offer astonishing landscapes and wonderful wildlife too. At Mayotte, you can take a glass bottom boat tour of the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon, with its colourful fish and vibrant coral reefs, while the famous plant and animal life of Madagascar also awaits. Hell-Ville is perfectly-placed for tours Nosy Be’s tropical, 740-hectare Lokobe National Park, where lemurs, chameleons, geckos, boa constrictors and much more can be seen in their unspoilt natural habitat. At Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles’ spectacular islands, uninhabited Moyenne Island – where giant land tortoises roam freely amongst rich forest and idyllic beaches – is just a short catamaran ride away.
Elsewhere in the Seychelles you’ll visit Praslin Island for quintessential beaches such as postcard-perfect Anse Lazio and tours to UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai, with its huge Coco de Mer nuts and rare Black Parrots. Your island-hopping adventures also offer a taste of authentic Maldivian and Sri Lankan life with calls at Malé, where gorgeous tropical atolls are within reach on short boat trips, and Colombo, boasting an impressive collection of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, busy bazaars and interesting museums. After a week of Indian Ocean exploration, Boudicca finally guides you into the Andaman Sea to bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Andaman Islands and the Thai island of Phuket. At Port Blair, you’ll be ideally placed to take tours to Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park, where a variety of wildlife such as exotic fish, turtles, starfish and even crocodiles live among the lush vegetation, white-sand beaches and coral reefs, or to beautiful neighbouring islands such as Ross Island and Havelock Island. Epitomising paradise, the palm-lined white sand beaches of Phuket are the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine one last time before heading home. Alternatively, you could take the chance to sign-off your exotic holiday in style with a speedboat tour to legendary Phang Nga Bay and ‘James Bond Island’.