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Africa Cruises

An Africa cruise can take in both east and west coasts (plus, of course, South Africa), however, the north is generally considered part of a Mediterranean itinerary. Your cruise ship base is an ideal launching pad from which to explore the wonders and wildlife - plus islands such as St. Helena, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius are all within reach. Explore the huge continent of Africa, with amazing wildlife and fascinating cultures encompassed within its 70,000 miles of the coast.

When to visit?
Most world cruises make their Africa calls from January to April, but you will find cruises visiting most of the year, through to October. The weather will depend on season and cruise area, although most places are hot and humid with South Africa offering a more temperate climate.

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West Coast

Most ships visiting this region are on world cruises 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.

East Coast

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.

Selected Africa Cruises