Africa is a a huge continent with a 70,000 mile coastline – explore its people and amazing wildlife. Our Africa includes both the east and west coasts but not the northern coast – because this is included in the Mediterranean cruise area. Your cruise ship provides you with a safe base from which to explore the wonders and above all, wildlife of this continent. Islands like St Helena, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius are within your reach.
Most ships visiting this region are on world cruises and particularly the west coast which has infrequent visits. Cape Town is always included on such cruises but there is much to be seen in ports like Walvis Bay (Namibia), Sao Tome, Lome (Togo), Accra (Ghana) and Dakar (Senegal). You may also call at remote Atlantic Islands like St Helena and Ascension.
Indian Ocean Islands
On the east coast where the waters of the Indian Ocean are warmer, there are some out and return cruises from ports like Mombasa and Cape Town visiting the islands of the Indian Ocean. Madagascar offers wonderful wildlife while islands like Mauritius and French Reunion provide beautiful beaches, mountainous scenery and great snorkelling.
World cruises may sail south from the Red Sea down the east coast of Africa calling at Djibouti, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Madagascar and onward to South Africa and Cape Town. There are also cruises to and from Cape Town that will call at Port Elizabeth and Durban before visiting islands like Madagascar, Mayotte and finishing in Mauritius.
When to Visit?
World cruises visit the region from January to March however you may find repositioning cruises in April and October. Cruises on the east coast are now becoming a year round feature. Weather will depend on the cruise area and time of year; Kenya is driest from December to March; Madagascar and Mauritius are at their most humid with possible cyclones from January to March. Most places will be hot and sometimes humid while Southern Africa will offer a more temperate climate.