Cruises to Africa

Exploring Africa by ship may not yet be the most common of cruise holidays, but with a wide range of cruise deals covering a brilliant selection of ports of call, you’ll be surprised at how many options there are for excursions, routes and on-board activities to this somewhat less popular destination. There are some really great ways to cruise and stay in this region, and many cruises offer exciting ways to combine the comfort and style you’d expect to find on a luxury liner with a generous amount of time to treat yourself to everything at port, from safaris to city sights.

Africa is a diverse, captivating and intriguing continent, and discovering the best of the area by cruise is a great way to explore a part of the world where relaxation and luxury is balanced with excitement and adventure. Whether you’re looking out from the deck of your ship or taking your first steps back on dry land, you’ll be able to spot some of the most memorable and breathtaking coastline and wildlife in the world.

The Silversea line offer specialist ‘expedition’ cruise holidays on ships specially designed to explore parts of the world other liners can’t access. Treat yourself to the very best of South Africa whilst you make the most of the journey across the Atlantic by traveling in luxury and style. The Prince Albert II combines a relaxing and luxurious on-board experience with the promise of intrepid adventure. Sailing the Atlantic with nothing in sight but the open ocean, you’ll get that unique feeling of anticipation as you sit back and plan your excursions to private game reserves, wetlands flocked to by flamingos, and forest treks that lead to the home of indigenous tribes, all led by Silversea’s local knowledgeable ‘Africa Expedition’ staff.

If you’re looking for action-packed cruise deals that will make the most of the very best of South African wildlife and culture, check out the routes to Africa covered by P&O Cruises. Both Cunard and P&O Cruises have a number of departures from the UK with cruisesfromsouthampton. Sailing from Southampton you can avoid the stress of having to rush for flights and lug baggage around airports.

Imagine gazing upon Table Mountain from aboard a ship with a cocktail in the hand! 🙂 You have the choice of 5 ships that you can book a cruise from Cape Town on : Azmara Quest, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Crystal Cruises Symphony, MSC Musica or MSC Opera.

Choose from excursions to coastal vineyads, savannahs and the wilderness, and historic city architectural visits as you sail in to Cape Town. Set in the foothills of dramatic Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city rich in sights, history and culture, sure to leave a truly lasting impression on all visitors. Take the cable car to the plateau, 3,000 foot up, and enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the world as you take in the city and coastline below, and the lush landscape of parkland and botanical gardens. Cosmopolitan Cape Town is bustling with shopping areas, restaurants and cafes, and is a city that really has something for everyone.

For shorter ‘mini-cruises’ sailing out of South Africa back towards Europe, MSC Cruises specialise in voyages that set off from Durban – South Africa’s second biggest city. Considered Africa’s busiest port, the city sits along the southernmost part of the continent and boasts miles of sandy beaches, a spectacular city skyline and thriving shopping areas. A unique and exciting city to start your holiday in, you can make the most of some relaxed local hospitality whilst enjoying the stunning scenery, captivating wildlife, and traditional local arts and crafts before setting sail homeward bound, taking in some extra stops along the way such as Mauritius and Madagascar.

kenya safari

Kenya safari can be defined as a variety of different sites, spots, attractions and activities. One is required to immerse them and note and enjoy even the slightest of difference in terrain, people, and vegetation. Treating Kenya as a succession of tourist sights isn’t the most stimulating way of experiencing the county .Traveling with your eyes open, you can enter the very different world inhabited by most Kenyans; a ceaselessly active landscape of the farm and field of streams and bush paths, of wooden and corrugated-iron shacks, tea shops and safari lodging houses, of crammed buses and pick-up vans. Of overloaded bicycles, and of streets wandered by goats, chicken and toddlers.

Off the heavily trodden tourist safari routes you’ll find real warmth, openness and curiosity towards visitors. and out in the wilds, there is an abundance of superb scenery-vistas of rolling savannah dotted with Maasai and their herds, high kikuyu moorlands, dense forests bursting with bird song and insect noise and stony shimmering desert- all of which comes crispy into focus when experienced in the context of an economic beleaguered African nation ridden by deep social tensions.

The Kenya coast and major Kenya game parks are the most obvious safari targets. And if your come to Kenya on an inclusive safari tour you’re likely to have your safari time divided between these two safari attractions. Despite the impact of human population pressures the country’s wildlife spectacle remains a fascinating and addictive safari experience. Kenya million-odd annual visitors are easily absorbed in such a large country, and there’s nothing to prevent you escaping the predictable safari tourist bottlenecks: even on an organized safari, you should not feel constrained to follow the prescribed Kenya safari plan.

The vast Kenya majority live in the rugged highlands areas in the south southwest quarter of the country, where the ridges are a mix of shamba smallholdings and plantations. Though the heart of the Kenya highlands sprawls the great rift valley of Kenya. An archetypal east African safari scene of dry thorn trees savanna. Splash with lakes and studded by volcanoes. it’s great safari walking country, as are the Kenya high forests and moors of the central highlands and mount Kenya itself- a major target and feasible climb for most people. Nairobi the Kenya’s capital on the highlands’ southern edge, is generally used only as a gateway to Kenya, but has plenty of diversions to occupy your time while arranging an onward trip. The Kenya safari National parks and reserves, watered by seasonal streams, are mostly located in savanna country on the highlands fringes.

Further west of Kenya towards Lake Victoria, lies gentler Kenyan countryside where you can travel for days without seeing another foreign visitor and get perhaps the best immersion in Kenyan life and culture. Beyond the rolling Kenya tea plantations of Kericho and the hot plains around the port of Kisumu lies the steep volcanic massif mount Elgon astride the Ugandan border. The little-known Kakamega forest rainforest reserve with unique wildlife, is here too and more than enough reason to strike out west.

On your Kenya safari to the northern Kenya the land is desert or semi-desert, broken only by the highlight of Lake Turkana in the northwest Kenya, the Kenya safari route to Turkana are still open, and you can even get there by Kenya public transport .For serious Safari Kenya adventure it is one of the most spectacular and memorable of all African regions.

Separating Kenya’s interior or upcountry from Indian ocean, the arid Maungu plains form a barrier which accounts in large part for the separate history and culture of the coast of Kenya .here a distinct Islamic Swahili civilization exits with a long historical record in its mosques and tombs and the ruins of several ancient towns cut from coast beyond the white sandy beaches of Kenya- invariably shaded by coconuts palms or Casuarina trees- runs an almost continuous carol reef protecting a shallow, safe lagoon from the Indian ocean