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Experience the culture, customs, hospitality, and scenery of Africa on an unforgettable journey. From city sights, to secluded safari's, you will be captivated by the diversity of this continent.

Africa Cruises
A cruise in Africa offers you the opportunity to explore many different and unique cultures and landscapes. There is a wide range of destinations to choose from, whether you are looking at catching a glimpse of the majestic African lion or riding a wave in Durban - Africa will be your cruise holiday of a lifetime. Shorter North African cruises sail from the Mediterranean to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria - the more prosperous countries of the continent. Head east to Egypt and explore the mystical Arab world. Adventure enthusiasts will head to South Africa’s Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Here, many Africa cruises depart against the backdrop of the awesome Table Mountain. But there is more! For a dose of tropical sunshine, look no further than Mauritius, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to its stunning port, St. Louis, Mauritius is one of the most exclusive resort islands on Earth – and what better way to discover its paradise than on an Africa cruise?
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Expert tips for cruising in Africa

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Discover the unique and beautiful continent of Africa in style. With a wide range of sights, sounds and landscapes Africa is perfect for those seeking adventure and a once in a lifetime experience. Shore excursions give you the opportunity to explore all of the diverse destinations. Most major cruise lines have voyages to Africa. If you are looking to save money try MSC or, alternatively, go with Silversea if its luxury you are after.

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Travel Tips for Africa

Cruises to Africa are among the most unique in the world due to the diversity of the continent. The bustling Arabian cities in the north contrast starkly with the arid deserts and dense rainforests that dominate elsewhere. This beautiful continent is bordered by:

  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Indian Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
This has given rise to an assortment of natural landscapes, all equally stunning.

There is truly something for everyone on a cruise to Africa. So whether you’d like to:

  • Go on an exciting safari to catch a glimpse of one of the ‘big five’
  • Explore the splendour of ancient Egyptian temples
  • Sunbathe on one of the pristine beaches
The choice is yours.

Cruising Africa

Africa is not the first destination that springs to mind when one considers cruising but that is precisely why it is such a memorable experience. The mainstream tourist industry has not yet invaded the region and so it maintains a refreshing authenticity which converts to a memorable holiday experience.

Popular destinations include:

  • The fabled Casablanca in Morocco
  • The affluent Cape Town in the South
  • The ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ - Alexandria in Egypt
The dramatic vistas, ancient cultures and indigenous wildlife you will encounter will impress you no end.

At CruiseAway, we believe that a cruise is the absolute best way to see Africa as its size and diversity would otherwise make it difficult for travellers to have a comprehensive experience of the region. Cruises allow you to take part in carefully selected shore excursions with the bonus of being able to come back to your luxurious vessel at the end of the day for some R&R.

Best Time to Visit

The perfect time to visit Africa will depend on:

  • What it is you are after: safari, hiking, beach
  • Which part of Africa you are visiting

Here are some general points to take into consideration before booking an Africa cruise:

  • If you are after a relaxed beach holiday in Africa, you can go all year-round, there is always somewhere on the continent where it is sunny, beautiful and warm.
  • Wildlife and nature enthusiasts should consider going between May and October - viewing the animals on a safari is at its best then. June and early September cruisers will be able to catch East Africa’s Great Migration.

Cruise Lines

Africa’s port cities are often part of a grand world voyage that is offered by a number of great cruise lines. Cunard is famous for fascinating world journeys on board its magnificent ships. The Queen Victoria, for example will cruise you away on a 59-night expedition from Sydney to Southampton, visiting South Africa and Namibia on the way:

  • Cape Town
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Walvis Bay

The northern part of Africa will be included in many Mediterranean Sea cruises. One of these fascinating itineraries is the perfect way to combine visiting the historic sights of Southern Europe and discovering the magnificent cultures of Africa. Check out MSC and their great value-for-money sailings to:

  • Casablanca
  • Durban
  • Port Elizabeth

If you are after something that is more immersive and Africa-intensive, go with an Azamara cruise. You will be surrounded by luxurious comfort on board and get to see some of Africa’s best hidden gems like:

  • Banjul, Gambia
  • Luanda, Angola
  • Tema, Ghana
  • Lüderitz, Namibia
  • Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Most of these will depart from Cape Town or a city in Europe, so if you’d like to make your cruise holiday as stress-free as possible, do ask your cruise expert about our unique DreamAway Packages that have flights, hotels stays and transfers included.