Departed 22 Dec 2023
Your cruise at a glance
Join one of TV’s best-loved presenters, Michaela Strachan, who is on board this cruise from 26th to 29th January, for a programme of insightful talks.
This exceptional cruise begins in the Seychelles where you can explore tropical rainforests for endemic plants and flowers or exotic birdlife, and the crystal-clear waters for a variety of fish species. A number of exciting South African destinations offer guests the opportunity to search out the Big Five on safari game drives; while Tanzania has a mix of rich history and cultures that sit alongside modern buildings. Madagascar is home to a number of national parks and rainforests, including the black lemur and rare birds of prey; and Walvis Bay is renowned for its dolphins and seals, but most famously the flocks of flamingoes that return here each year to a huge lagoon.Explore the Itinerary
One of TV’s best-loved presenters, Michaela Strachan, will be sharing her expertise with guests onboard this cruise to Africa and the Indian Ocean. From spectacles to predation, rarities to nesting, seasonal highlights to humour; Michaela will talk about British wildlife, wildlife programme making and what makes British wildlife programmes so popular.
From penguin poo to cormorant beaks! Michaela talks about her experiences with SANCCOB, the sea bird rescue centre based in Cape Town. She will talk about saving the highly-endangered African Penguin and her experience of hand-rearing these adorable birds, as well as the 2020 Cape Cormorant crisis when thousands of chicks needed rescuing from nearby Robben Island.
Michaela will also join guests on a selection of tours in Cape Town.
Witness African Wildlife in their Natural Environment
This cruise will offer you the opportunity to see incredible African wildlife in their natural habitat, from seeking out the Big Five on safari to spotting lemurs and rare wildlife in Madagascar. From Mombasa, take the opportunity to explore the vast plains of the Maasai Mara on a two-day adventure or discover the wildlife of Amakhala Game Reserve on an unforgettable four day trip from Gqeberha. With a number of calls into Madagascar, you will be pefectly placed to see endemic Lemurs in their natural environment across the island. On board Bolette, you’ll be joined by Zoologist and former Park Ranger Neill Caithness, who will share his experiences of working in National Parks with magnificent wildlife; and Ocean Wildlife Encounters will also be on hand, delivering talks on the marine life you may be lucky enough to see, as well as leading wildlife spotting sessions out on deck.
Explore Remarkable Natural Landscapes
On this epic cruise, we’ll take guests to remote, off-the-beaten-track destinations, well known for their dramatic natural landscapes. The African savannahs will offer guests the chance to go in search of the Big Five - hearing a lion roar across the plains is unforgettable. In Namibia, Walvis Bay is also home to native wildlife, such as adders, chameleons, and lizards. Join a tour to learn how they have adapted to survive in the harsh and unforgiving desert environment, or enjoy a scenic flight over the seemingly-endless sand dunes. In Dakar, explore the famous pink waters of Lake Retba, while in São Tomé, take the opportunity to discover the variety of animals indigenous to the region. On board, you will be joined by Christopher Buckwell, the sole Diplomatic Representative of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in the UK, who will be sharing insights into his experiences across this region of West Africa.
On our once-in-a-lifetime overnight experiences, you will have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the destination or area that you are visiting, such as searching for the Big Five in South Africa, or witnessing the magnificent Victoria Falls in Botswana. You will stay off the ship and all of your travel arrangements, accommodation and meals will be organised for you to ensure that your journey is seamless.
Life On Board
With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.
Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.
Our Signature Experiences
To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
This cruise has now set sail
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
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I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
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How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.