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South African Explorer

  • Departure DateDec 2024 – Feb 2025
  • Azamara Azamara Quest
  • 16 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £3,379 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Cape Town
  • Cape Town
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • East London
  • Maputo
  • Richard's Bay, South Africa
  • Durban
  • Mossel Bay
  • Cape Town

Have the pleasure of spending 2 nights in Cape Town, a stunning destination from sky to sea, where you can explore its crowning glory, the Table Mountain National Park before embarking on your 12 night South African cruise on board the luxurious Azamara Quest. Head to the herds of Elephants that can be found in the Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth. Relax while admiring the exquisite terrain of Richards Bay on Alkantstrand Beach and discover an abundance of African art in Durban. This South African cruise offers the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation.

Highlights

  • Exclusive Savings up to £1360 per couple
  • FREE Cape Town Stay
  • More Inclusive Drinks 
  • Gratuities Included

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Cape Town on bed & breakfast basis
  • 12 night cruise on board Azamara Quest on More Inclusive basis
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Dec 2024£3,599£3,599£4,249£5,329
Jan 2025£3,379£3,599£3,799£4,599
Feb 2025£3,799£3,979£4,179£4,989

Price based on 05 Dec 2024, 13 Jan & 06 Feb 2025 flying from London, itinerary may vary depending on date. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Azamara Quest

Your boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Quest is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, and offers everything modern voyagers are looking for—plus some unexpected extras.

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Itinerary for South African Explorer

Day 1 - Fly UK to Cape Town

Day 2 - Enjoy Cape Town

Day 3 - Enjoy Cape Town

Day 4 - Embark Azamara Quest in Cape Town

Tucked beneath the storied Cape of Good Hope, South Africa’s capital is awash in contrasts. Mountains meet oceans. Warm trade winds intermingle with icy waters. A decidedly European climate in Africa’s most southernmost city. A world-focus during the 20th century, South Africa’s struggles with colonialism and apartheid have defined Cape Town. A global, multicultural metropolis with a thriving LGBTQ community, today the port city has emerged as a beacon of change. Get a local perspective as you learn about Cape Town’s segregation-era at the District Six Museum. See its past history of artistic censorship at the South African National Gallery. Understand the remaining effects of Apartheid with a township tour.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Immerse yourself in one of the sunniest destinations in all of South Africa—Port Elizabeth. Home to vibrant communities, worldly flavors, and safari-worthy wildlife, Port Elizabeth (or PE as the locals call it) is a piece of paradise on Nelson Mandela Bay. Our South Africa cruises give you the chance to explore PE’s townships for a deeper look at what makes the Rainbow Nation so diverse. Embrace the sense of community known as Ubuntu, shop in the lively marketplaces, and visit a shebeen (pub) to share homemade umgqoboti—a popular traditional beer—with the locals. Then, chase the surf and an endless summer at Hobie Beach, where the warm waters and refreshing breezes are perfect for relaxing under the sun.

Day 7 - East London

With the rugged and aptly named Wild Coast to the north, and the Sunshine Coast to the south, immerse yourself in the surrounding scenic beauty of East London, affectionately known as “The Buffalo City.” With an African backdrop, English connections extend beyond the city’s name, and traces of German heritage are also seen in the well-preserved, charming 19th-century architecture.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Maputo

A medley of African and Mediterranean influence is abundant on cruises to Mozambique’s bustling capital and center of commerce. Settled by the Portuguese in the 1700s, centuries of travel and trade from Africa, Asia, and Europe created Maputo’s vibrant, diverse cultural scene. Easily explored by foot, Maputo’s Old Town stretches northeast from the port. From here, the city’s most prominent street, Avenida Julius Nyerere, parallels the coastline and passes the sprawling Presidential Palace and the stunning Hotel Polana. Peruse local boutiques and vendors for bright African waxprint and woven fabrics, Batik cloth, wood carvings, or any type of cashew imaginable (they're Mozambique’s second biggest export).

Day 10 - Richard's Bay, South Africa

Perched on the lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, Richards Bay is one of the largest and deepest natural harbors in South Africa. It’s also one of the main gateways to KwaZulu-Natal province and Zululand, the much larger inland region popular for its mountains, diverse wildlife, and vast surrounding savannah ecosystems.

Day 11 - Durban

Often overlooked in favor of trendy Johannesburg or popular Cape Town, sunny Durban has been on the rise since it got revitalized to help host the 2010 World Cup, and is an unexpected delight on any cruise to South Africa. Thanks to its golden beaches, Indian influences, and nearby natural wonder, you’ll understand why South Africans love to vacation here as soon as you step on shore. The city is home to the proud Zulu people, and the largest Indian population in Africa. Weave in colonial Victorian architecture with ornate mosques, and the rich tapestry of world cultures is found around every corner. It’s a place where Catholic church spires mingle with minarets. Where calls to prayer blend with sounds of buzzing Indian markets. Where the cheers of a soccer match pulse to the rhythm of native drum beats

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is a harbour town on the Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known for the wide Santos Beach and the 19th-century Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, which offers bay views. The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex includes the Maritime Museum, the Shell Museum and botanical gardens. The Post Office Tree, a milkwood tree in the complex, has been used as a mail collection point since the 1500s

Day 15 - Cape Town

Tucked beneath the storied Cape of Good Hope, South Africa’s capital is awash in contrasts. Mountains meet oceans. Warm trade winds intermingle with icy waters. A decidedly European climate in Africa’s most southernmost city. A world-focus during the 20th century, South Africa’s struggles with colonialism and apartheid have defined Cape Town. A global, multicultural metropolis with a thriving LGBTQ community, today the port city has emerged as a beacon of change. Get a local perspective as you learn about Cape Town’s segregation-era at the District Six Museum. See its past history of artistic censorship at the South African National Gallery. Understand the remaining effects of Apartheid with a township tour.

Day 16 - Cape Town, Disembark & fly Cape Town/UK

Tucked beneath the storied Cape of Good Hope, South Africa’s capital is awash in contrasts. Mountains meet oceans. Warm trade winds intermingle with icy waters. A decidedly European climate in Africa’s most southernmost city. A world-focus during the 20th century, South Africa’s struggles with colonialism and apartheid have defined Cape Town. A global, multicultural metropolis with a thriving LGBTQ community, today the port city has emerged as a beacon of change. Get a local perspective as you learn about Cape Town’s segregation-era at the District Six Museum. See its past history of artistic censorship at the South African National Gallery. Understand the remaining effects of Apartheid with a township tour.

Fly Cape Town to UK/ Arrive UK

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