If you fancy discovering some of the world's most wonderful sights, then one of the various cruises to Africa must be at the top of your agenda. With cruises from South Africa and Cape Town being the most popular holidays available, this vast, magnificent continent offers a truly unique experience through its endless natural beauty and incredible man-made achievements. From Morocco, with its mystical world of souks, spices and snake charmers to South Africa, with its fabulous wine tasting and enchanting safari and cruise experiences, Africa will fill you with unforgettable memories.
Running from October to May, the busiest times for Africa cruises are December and January, with temperatures reaching their highest point and crowds being at their busiest. However, it's also important to choose the time of year you cruise to fit in exactly with what you want to see. If it's harvest time on South Africa's vineyards, March is the optimum month, while safaris in Kenya are best between January and March.
Sail through the spectacular Suez canal, see the awe-inspiring Ancient Pyramids,enjoy the bounty of sun drenched beaches on the Islands of the Indian Ocean, marvel at the immense Table Mountain and possibly even see some of the animal Kingdom's Big 5 in one of Kenya or South Africa's mighty game reserves: Cruises to Africa really do have it all. Your only dilemma is which part to see first!
To maximise your time away in Africa, there are many cruise and stay options. Why not fly down to the South to meet your cruise ship with a fly cruise holiday? Meanwhile, if you prefer the convenience of sailing directly from the UK, have a look at our no fly cruises.
Alternatively, if you want to compare and contrast this amazing continent with the rest of the world's wealth of treasures, Africa cruises also form a fascinating part of a fabulous world cruise.
To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, be sure to take advantage of the rich and varied collection of shore excursions on offer, all carefully selected with comfort, safety and convenience in mind.
From ram-headed Sphinxes to the temple of Karnak, sumptuous palaces, inspiring mosques and busy bazaars - Egypt has it all. Gaze in wonderment at the majestic temples lining the banks of the Nile with Giant Pharaohs carved into the rose-coloured stone. Enjoy the intricate wall murals in the Valley of Kings and even join a scuba dive into the glittering depths beneath where you will feel like you have literally plunged straight into an aquarium. Admire the wonders along Egypt's most famous river with a luxury River Nile cruise and explore more with several port calls along the way.
If you want to explore more of Africa and discover the mysteries of Egypt, embark on a cruise of the Red Sea and discover all about this ancient civilisation.
Morocco's fascinating culture and deep-rooted traditions are present throughout the country. Visit Morocco's most famous cosmopolitan city, Casablanca, where beaches, clubs, mosques and markets all rub shoulders. Feel like you have literally stepped back in time in the walled city of Taroudant. If you want to dive head first into life in Morocco, head to the Berber market and the Arab Souks where you can pick up some souvenirs of your trip and buy anything from leather to spices, all the while trying out your haggling skills.
Cruises to Africa allow you to discover Senegal and its combination of lush natural beauty and urban sauve. Dakar, the peninsular capital city that juts out into the Atlantic, is rich in contrasts between the Ancient and the Modern world. Take a fascinating walking tour past the President's Palace, the Cathedral and the Great Mosque before you pick up some original Senegalese handicrafts in the market of Soumbedioune or discover the typical African architecture of Fann.
South Africa cruises are one of the most popular Africa cruises and with everything from cosmopolitan cities, such as Cape Town and Durban, to the breathtaking scenery and beaches in Walvis Bay, it's easy to see why. Cape Town cruises are the jewel in South Africa's crown, with a glorious mix of botanical gardens, historic buildings and trendy waterfront cafes and boutiques. On the other hand, multicultural Durban will lure you to her shores with the promise of sun-kissed beaches and a whole host of exciting outdoor activities including canoeing, surfing and golf.
Kenya is home to the safari and a must for all those enjoying cruises to Africa. Stop off in Mombasa with its white-sand beaches, towering mountains and spectacular Great Rift Valley. Take a ride on a traditional Dhow, adventure into one of Kenya's game reserves in search of its wondrous wildlife, see Kenyan artisans’ inspiring Bombolulu workshop or take an educational tour around the city of Mombasa to uncover its fascinating past.