(Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises)
Explore the southernmost cities and towns of South Africa, as you sail the Indian Ocean in luxury aboard a round-trip cruise of South Africa. Spot playful lions, sky high giraffes, elusive leopards, and thundering elephants with optional safaris at nearly every port. Big Five viewing at Pumba Private Game Reserve, elephant back safaris at Greater Addo Elephant National Park, safaris through Kruger National Park, and star gazing at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch are just a few of the optional animal packed adventures available to you as you voyage round-trip from Cape Town, the most popular travel destination in all of Africa, due to its natural beauty, ideal climate, and well-developed infrastructure. Founded in the mid-17th Century, and benefiting from a strong architectural heritage, Cape Town is a magnificent cultural bookend for your cruise. During your voyage, you'll make landfall in Port Elizabeth (located at the end of the picturesque Garden Route along the Cape coast), and Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Enjoy a 2-day stop at Richards Bay, the gateway to the land of the Zulu, one of Africa's most fascinating tribal peoples, before stopping in Durban, known for its extensive beaches. Choose to spend a day immersing yourself in local culture with a visit to the Zulu Village in Shakaland, where Zulu dancers will perform rhythmic drum dances followed by a traditional buffet lunch. Conclude your voyage with a return to Cape Town.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Jan 28, Feb 7, 17
Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met at the door of the plane and escorted through Customs and Immigration, avoiding any queues.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-story Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was originally a farmhouse which was ‘Victorianised’ in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On our descent, we stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the port where you will meet up with your cruise ship.
Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa, famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Popular day activities include; Robben Island (Nelson Mandela's prison), Cape Point, Stellenbosch winery tour, diamond buying shops, and great white shark diving.
Second in the Silversea fleet, Silver Wind is much like Silver Cloud and a shining example of intimate, elegant cruising. As spacious as a grand hotel, as gracious as a best friends' home, the lifestyle on board Silver Wind is one of fewer guests, more space and features Silversea's renowned personalised service. Recent Silver Wind ship refurbishments include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new ocean-view spa, new Observation Lounge, and eight new suites.
Silver Wind greets the 2012 New Year off the coast of exotic Madagascar then follows Africa's west coast arriving with the springtime temperatures in the Mediterranean. Classic destinations from Spain to the Black Sea fill Silver Wind's calendar through October until Egypt and Arabia beckon, and The Seychelles offer an idyllic escape. Silver Wind concludes the year as it began, bound for Madagascar.
2013 itineraries aboard Silver Wind begin with three 10-day South African cruises that sail roundtrip from Cape Town before exploring the lesser known west coast of Africa and arriving for an extended season in the Mediterranean. Of special note, the 23 May cruise from Barcelona to Rome will include 3 days in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix. Following a November hiatus for refurbishments, Silver Wind sails back down Africa's west coast, sporting her newly updated interiors, just in time for a 14-day holiday cruise roundtrip from Cape Town to finish the year.
Port Elizabeth or known as Madiba Bay is a city in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770km east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Located at the end of the picturesque Garden Route along the Cape, the city is one of South Africa's major destinations for tourists, many of whom come simply to enjoy the many fine beaches in and near the city.
Maputo, known as Lourenço Marques before independence from Portugal, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. The town developed around a Portuguese fortress completed in 1787. It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Maputo is a melting pot of several cultures. The Bantu and Portuguese cultures dominate, but the influence of Arab, Indian, and Chinese cultures is also felt.
For Richards Bay, an early claim to fame came in 1891, when colonial adventurer John Dunn killed a 22-foot crocodile in the estuary—still one of the largest ever documented—but the town remained a backwater with a population of less than 200 people until as recently as 1968. Today, Richards Bay is the major port in the region and is adjacent to significant mineral deposits, which have contributed to the town's massive growth. Visitors may be more interested in what awaits beyond in the hinterland. Richards Bay is the gateway to the land of the Zulu, one of Africa's most fascinating tribal peoples, and from here you have easy access to some of the world's finest wildlife game parks, including the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which protects the highest concentration of white rhino left in Africa.
Durban - known as 'eThekwini' in local Zulu language - is modern African city that offers a unique palette of sights. There is an abundance of breathtaking scenery just beyond the city: from coastal towns to the Sapphire Coast, the verdant Valley of 1000 Hills with its nature reserves and cultural villages, Big 5 game reserves, reefs, coastal forests, the mighty Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park – a World Heritage Site – and more awaits you. With its warm subtropical climate and beaches, Durban remains a beautiful destination year round.
In the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
African and Oriental cultures merge harmoniously in the cosmopolitan city of Durban. Zulu rickshaw drivers beckon passengers along Durban's Marine Parade. Silks and gold-threaded saris tempt visitors at the Oriental Arcades. In addition to golden beaches, Durban offers a fascinating history. It is also gateway to Zululand, where the drumbeat of tribal dancing is testimony to the enduring traditions of the Zulus. A visit to Shakaland is an experience of tribal customs.
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Eastern Cape Province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and is the country's only river port. East London today has a population of over 400,000, with over 1.4 million in the metropolitan area. The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was later elevated to city status in 1914.
Cape Town, a port city located on the shore of Table Bay, is the second-most populated city in South Africa. The city is famous for its harbour and natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.
Enjoy a private luxury transfer between the hotel and Cape Town's airport.
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