South Africa Cruises
South Africa Cruises with Fred. Olsen offer up ample opportunities to go in search of native African wildlife, including the ‘Big Five’ on a game reserve tour. Also recommended are chances to learn about traditional Zulu life, ascend Table Mountain in a cable car, explore the picturesque Garden Route, see penguins at Boulders Beach, and toast the sunset from Signal Hill with champagne and oysters.
As your cruise ship reaches Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, the city's beauty will blow you away. [ReadMoreMob]The city itself is very thoughtfully laid out with all the major tourist attractions clustered together. Of course, when you’ve had enough of the sights and shopping, there are always glorious beaches and famous vineyards to visit.
Durban adds to the rich ethnic mix. A tropical gem along the [ReadMoreDesk]Indian Ocean, Durban has numerous trendy bars and restaurants where you can relax and sample some of the local delights. The only problem you’re likely to encounter on your South African cruise holiday is deciding on what to see first.
Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain National Park
Towering Table Mountain is one of the continent’s – possibly the world’s – most iconic landmarks. It’s just a part of a national park offering stunning biodiversity and spectacular views. Other impressive sites include Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Robben Island was long a place of political imprisonment. It is now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can take tours of the former Maximum Security Prison, where notable former residents include Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma.
South African Wine
South Africa has an impressive winemaking history and heritage stretching back to the 17th century. Constantia – a suburb of Cape Town and the oldest winemaking centre in South Africa – is where it all began. Cape Point is a popular area for wineries, too.
Durban, South Africa
Indian Culture in Durban
More Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside of India itself. Glimpses of India are visible in the sights, smells and sounds around the city. Many women still wear sarees, the national dress of India, and Indian cuisine is popular. Try bunny chow, a delicious hollow, half-loaf of bread filled with curry, a quintessential Durban meal.
Durban is a magnet for sun worshippers and surfers and as a result is affectionately known as the surf city. Its beaches extend along the Golden Mile, and include a number of beaches that have achieved the renowned Blue Flag Status, which testifies to their safety, cleanliness, adequate facilities and environmental responsibility and are among the best-managed in the world.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Addo Elephant Park
Originally established in 1931 to provide sanctuary for the remaining 11 elephants in the area, Addo Elephant Park – the third-largest national park in South Africa – is now home to more than 350 of them, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos and much more.
A poignant reminder of Apartheid, Port Elizabeth’s townships play a huge part in South African life. Home to thousands of locals, these thriving areas offer an authentic insight into extreme poverty while remaining places of hope and creativity.
Richards Bay, South Africa
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
One of the oldest game reserves in Africa, Hluhluwe spans a whopping 96,000 hectares of hilly landscapes, which are home to diverse wildlife including the mighty ‘Big Five’. The reserve was once the exclusive personal hunting ground of King Shaka Zulu.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Rich in varied flora and fauna, the vast iSimangaliso Wetland Park stretches across 332,000 hectares, making it the third-largest protected area in South Africa. It includes the Lake St Lucia Estuary, which alone features 526 species of bird.
Cruises to South Africa
Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
35 nights • Boudicca • D202829
- Seek-out the world’s largest desert, iconic landmarks and legendary wildlife in Africa; and sample paradise at a collection of idyllic Indian Ocean islands – all in just over a month – on this incredible holiday.
- You can experience an ultimate South African safari; encounter Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; explore the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon at Mayotte; and see the Seychelles giant land tortoises.
- You’ll also visit the sun-kissed Canaries and verdant Cape Verde; take in rarely-visited Ascension and St Helena; visit Namibia for the Namib Desert; and stop overnight in captivating Cape Town.
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Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
14 nights • Boudicca • D2029
- From seeking-out the ‘Big Five’ game on exhilarating safari adventures to exploring coral reefs teeming with colourful flora and fauna, enjoy unforgettable wildlife experiences on this cruise.
- Tour breathtaking South African game reserves; go in search Madagascar’s native wildlife, such as lemurs and chameleons; snorkel the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon; and see the Seychelles’ giant land tortoises.
- What’s more, this incredible cruise also packs in the iconic landmarks of Cape Town; an opportunity to delve into Durban’s Indian-influenced heritage; and time to relax at picture-perfect beaches.
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Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D202930
- Chances to encounter incredible wildlife; discover paradise at idyllic islands; taste Far-Eastern culture; and see in the New Year in style make for an unforgettable end to 2020 and start to 2021.
- Seek-out South Africa’s ‘big game’ on exhilarating safari adventures; see Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; marvel at the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon in Mayotte; and meet giant land tortoises in the Seychelles.
- Spend Christmas Eve in Colombo and Christmas Day on board Boudicca, before visiting culture-rich Malaysia; being part of Singapore’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations; and uncovering ancient castles, among countless other highlights, in Japan.
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Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV
- A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
- Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
- African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.
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