Departed 22 Dec 2023
Your cruise at a glance
Join one of TV’s best-loved presenters, Michaela Strachan, on board this cruise. Michaela will be hosting insightful talks and join guests on a special tour to hike up Table Mountain or snorkel with seals.
This spectacular sailing has been designed for you to witness the vast landscapes and iconic wildlife of Africa. As we arrive in the Seychelles, you can visit Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with unique flora and fauna while Praslin Island is your gateway to seeing the giant Aldebra tortoise. During our time ashore in Madagascar, you are perfectly placed to witness the region’s remarkable wildlife in its natural habitat including the famous ring-tailed lemur. Throughout your cruise, you will have the opportunity to go in search of the ‘Big Five’ on a spectacular safari adventure in one of Africa’s many game reserves. Finally, enjoy a scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain in Cape Town. Rising 1,085m above sea level with a two-mile flat plateau, it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.Explore the Itinerary
One of TV’s best-loved presenters, Michaela Strachan, will be sharing her passion for animal welfare and extensive experience of wildlife conservation with guests onboard this cruise 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.
Explore Vast Natural Landscapes
On this cruise, join us as Bolette takes you to the vast landscapes of the African continent and the Indian Ocean. Explore the biodiverse islands of Madagascar and the Seychelles and the savannahs and mountains of Africa. Reunion is your gateway to the lava tubes of the famous Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanos in the world, while in Cape Town you are ideally placed to discover the iconic Table Mountain. You’ll be joined by Geologist and guest speaker Glynda Easterbrook, who will deliver a series of insightful talks focusing on a range of subjects, from the Great Rift Valley, to the geology, flora and biodiversity of the Indian Ocean archipelagos and islands.
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 the lemurs and rare wildlife of Madagascar. From Mombasa, you could explore the vast plains of the Maasai Mara on a two-day adventure or discover the famous Serengeti on a three-day trip to see the wildlife which call this region home. Meanwhile, four calls into Madagascar will give you the chance to see endemic Lemurs in their natural environment across the island. On board, you’ll be joined by Zoologist and former Park Ranger Neill Caithness, who will share his experiences of working in National Parks with such magnificent wildlife. 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.
Uncover Historical Influences from Old Trading Routes
You’ll have the opportunity to discover the influences that the French, Portuguese and British had on old trading routes at some of the African ports Bolette will be visiting on this particular cruise. During our call into Toamasina, you can uncover the history of Fort Manda and learn how it was used to defend the town from invaders; while Dar Es Salaam is your gateway to the Kaole Ruins, the Old Fort and the historic site of Bagamoyo. In Victoria, take the opportunity to delve into the history of the old spice routes with a visit to a plantation and see how fruit trees, spice plants, palms and oil are cultivated. In Gqeberha, previously known as Port Elizabeth, learn about the first European settlers in this region and see the lasting legacy from the British colonial period with visits to St Mary’s Cathedral, City Hall and the Post Office.
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
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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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