Shortlist on Setting Sail on African Shores

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You’ve likely conquered landscapes and traversed its skies to appreciate the continent’s beauty from above. But did you know that Africa is increasingly becoming a sought-after destination for cruise enthusiasts. While still in its nascent stages compared to established markets, the African cruise industry offers unique experiences and diverse itineraries, catering to adventurous travellers seeking something beyond the ordinary.

Here’s a shortlist of some routes that cruise enthusiasts have coined to be their favourite…

1. The importance of sustainability: Embark on a journey along South Africa’s magnificent coastline, with iconic stops like Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth. Witness the dramatic scenery of Table Mountain, explore the penguin colonies of Boulders Beach, and delve into the rich cultural tapestry of these vibrant cities.

2. East African Escapade: Navigate the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, visiting Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Immerse yourself in the vibrant coral reefs of Mombasa, witness the awe-inspiring wildlife migration in the Maasai Mara, and unwind on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar.

3. Island Hopping in the Seychelles: Cruise the idyllic archipelago of the Seychelles, a paradise of crystal-clear waters, untouched beaches, and lush vegetation. Relax on the shores of Mahé, explore the underwater world of Praslin, and discover the giant tortoises of La Digue.

Cruise Liners to pick from

Several major cruise lines are setting their sights on Africa, recognizing its potential.

MSC Cruises offers a variety of itineraries, including the recently debuted MSC Splendida in South Africa. Starlight Cruises is a South African-based line catering to the domestic market with cruises to Mozambique, while Viking Ocean Cruises, known for their expedition cruises, ventures to lesser-explored African destinations.

And for the best time to Sail?

The ideal time to cruise Africa depends on your chosen region. For South Africa, the summer months (November to March) offer warm weather and sunshine, perfect for exploring the outdoors. However, this coincides with peak season, so expect larger crowds and potentially higher prices.

In East Africa, the dry season (December to March) guarantees pleasant weather and optimal wildlife viewing opportunities. Exploring the Seychelles islands by cruise ship means you get to enjoy a tropical climate year-round, though the shoulder seasons (April, May, October, and November) offer a good balance between favourable weather and fewer crowds.

As Africa’s cruise industry continues to flourish, adventurers keen on setting sail can expect more diverse itineraries, specialized experiences, and improved infrastructure to cater to the growing demand. So, if you’re seeking an unforgettable adventure that blends cultural immersion, breathtaking scenery, and exciting excursions, consider setting sail on the vibrant waters of Africa.



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