Looking for cruises to places other than the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Alaska? Perhaps something a bit more exotic and adventurous? Why not look at cruises in Africa? There are a number of African cruise options, from river safari adventures to luxurious month-long sailings that also include other dreamy destinations. To get your cruise plans started, here are four African cruises to consider this year.
AMA Waterways – Discover Africa
AMA Waterways offers a number of river cruise adventures in Africa throughout the year. You start off with three nights in Cape Town and then embark on a four-day safari river cruise, followed by two nights at Victoria Falls.
After your initial days in Cape Town, you’ll fly to Botswana where you will be transferred to the Chobe River and board the Zambezi Queen. The next morning you start cruising the Chobe River for some game viewing and a boat safari. The following day, you will venture out in open-air 4 x 4 vehicles for an on-land safari. Your last cruise day includes a stop in a traditional African village, followed by your choice of fishing, bird watching or a boat safari.
On disembarkation day, you will take a small double-decker barge excursion through more narrow channels of the Chobe National Park in search of hippos and elephants. Your cruise package finishes off with two nights on land at Victoria Falls. If you’re not ready to go home yet, you also have the option to extend your trip with two nights in Johannesburg or four nights in Rwanda.
Oceania Cruises — Serenity to Safari
If you have the time off, consider a 30-day voyage on Oceania Cruises with the Serenity to Safari itinerary that departs from Dubai on December 7. You’ll visit Middle Eastern ports in the UAE and Oman followed by Asian beach destinations like Goa and the Maldives. Spend a couple of days cruising the Indian Ocean and then start the African portion of your adventure with stops in exotic locations like the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion Island and Mozambique.
From there you will start the new year off cruising around South Africa until it’s time to disembark on Jan 6. With Oceania Cruises’ OLife Choice promotion, you get free internet plus either eight shore excursions, $800 shipboard credit or a free beverage package.
Uniworld — Splendors of Egypt and The Nile
If you’re looking for cruises in North Africa, Uniworld offers a number of 12-day itineraries from Cairo. Eight of these days are spent sailing on River Tosca, an all-suite ship visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites like the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Plus, you’ll get to experience riding in a felucca, a traditional Nile River sailboat. Before and after your cruise, you’ll also have time in Cairo to visit the pyramids in Giza, the Egyptian Museum and more.
MSC Cruises — South Africa
If you only want a few days on the water, consider MSC Cruises four-night South Africa and Mozambique cruises, with available sailing dates in November and December. These shorter cruises are also a little easier on the wallet. Your cruise will start and end in Durban, with two days at sea and one port day in Pomene, Mozambique. Here, you’ll find the Pomene Nature Reserve. Ample mangroves grow in the area, which means there is a lot of marine life and birds to spot. Because of that, diving and snorkeling are both quite popular.
If you want an even shorter cruise, MSC Cruises also has three-night itineraries to Portuguese Island in Mozambique departing in November and December. Cruise from Durban in the afternoon and you’ll arrive at Portuguese Island the following morning where you can spend the day on the beautiful beaches of this uninhabited island. You’ll have an overnight here before departing for Durban the next morning.