A cruise around Africa is a fascinating way to explore this diverse continent - from the North African country of Morocco to the tropical Cape Verde islands and the major port towns of Cape Town and Durban in South Africa.
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South Africa is one of the most commonly featured nations when it comes to African cruise itineraries. The country is home to a number of spectacular coastal ports, each laced with marvellous attractions and landmarks, from quaint wineries and quiet stretches of peaceful coastline, to busy cities complimented by rugged mountainous scenery. A popular favourite is Cape Town, offering lush national parks and impressive landscapes. South Africa is also home to a number of other beautiful and intriguing cruise destinations, including the city of Durban – famous for its pristine golden sandy beaches and surf scene. Other ports across the region, such as the bustling city of East London and the coastal resort of Port Elizabeth, also offer an unforgettable South African experience.
Most North African cruise destinations are incorporated within Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cruise itineraries, due to their proximity to these sun-soaked and spectacular regions. Two of the most commonly featured North African nations are Morocco and Egypt, each home to a number of beautiful ports and fabulous coastal cities. Egypt is best known for its ancient and world-renowned landmarks, which include the extraordinary Pyramids of Giza and the mighty Sphinx. These incredible historic structures are often featured on exciting excursions from ports along the nation’s beautiful Red Sea coastline. Egypt’s vast and beautiful desert landscape is a sight to behold in itself and the nation still manages to capture the imagination of the many travellers who arrive there every year. The Egyptian port of Sharm-El-Sheikh is also regarded highly for its marvellous scuba diving sites. The port’s crystal blue ocean waters are teeming with marine life and several shipwrecks can also be spotted in the region’s aquatic wonderland located just off shore.
Morocco is well-known for its vibrant culture and there are plenty of ways to delve into the local way of life in ports such as Agadir, Tangier and Casablanca. Make sure to visit a bustling local marketplace while in Morocco, simply to marvel at the extensive range of amazing and colourful fabrics and spices available to purchase from local merchants, or sample some authentic cuisine in one of many wonderful restaurants and eateries.
Madagascar and Mozambique are generally the only nations featured on cruise itineraries across Africa’s eastern coast. Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo is often called upon, offering a mix of contemporary districts and historic landmarks. Madagascar is most famous for its unique and majestic wildlife, much of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. A stay in any of Madagascar’s charming ports, which include Mahajanga and Ambodifotatra, would not be complete without a trip to see the nation’s lemurs – an endemic species that has become an iconic symbol of the country.
Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest city and one of the most consistently featured ports on African cruise itineraries. The city offers an abundance of diverse and exciting natural, cultural and historic attractions, each providing visitors with a captivating insight into South African life. The stunning and lush National Parks that can be found in the areas around Cape Town are a great place to observe the majestic African wildlife – including the so-called ‘Big Five’ – in their natural habitat. See a variety of impressive fauna across the magnificent Kruger National Park or head to the coast to observe the Great White Sharks of False Bay. Other spectacular areas of natural beauty and impressive landscapes can be found at the towering Table Mountain and the dramatic Blyde River Canyon. To experience and discover more about Cape Town’s culture and heritage visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for decades. Alternatively, wine-lovers should make the trip to the nearby Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, where they can visit vineyards and sample a local vintage.
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