A new cruise tour adventure to Africa from Cruise Express combines the exotic charms of the islands of the Indian Ocean with awe-inspiring attractions such as Kruger’s famous wildlife and Victoria Falls – the world’s biggest curtain of falling water.
Departing Australia on 15 March 2017, the 26-night ‘Icons of Africa’ Unique Journey begins with a flight from Australia to the turquoise lagoons of Mauritius for a three-night stay at a seaside resort, with a local sightseeing tour also included.
Guests then board Voyages of Discovery’s 540-passenger ship, Voyager, for a 14-night Indian Ocean cruise to Cape Town via the lush, volcanic island of Reunion and the mountains, jungles and colourful culture of Madagascar. Before reaching Cape Town, Voyager will also visit three other ports in South Africa – Richards Bay and Durban, which are close to authentic Zulu villages, and also Port Elizabeth with its spectacular beaches.
Disembarking in Cape Town, guests will be driven 45 minutes to the picturesque township of Franschhoek for a one-night stay in an elegant country house nestled in the heart of South Africa’s premier food and wine region.
Visits to distinguished wine estates are also included in the itinerary. Two nights in Cape Town follow with a visit to the famous Cape of Good Hope separating the Indian and Atlantic oceans at the bottom of Africa.
Guests then fly to the wild Kruger region of South Africa for a three-night stay at the award-winning Nottens Bush Camp. Located in the wildlife-rich Sabi Sands Reserve, the exclusive, family-run game lodge offers an authentic safari experience, with candlelit fine dining, blazing campfires, an open bar and private, game viewing decks in every room.
While staying at the all-inclusive camp, guests can join two safaris a day to search for the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
From Kruger, guests fly to Victoria Falls in Zambia for a two-night stay to explore the largest sheet of falling water in the world – 1.7-kilometre-wide and 108-metre-tall, or twice the height of Niagara Falls. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River completes the itinerary before the flight home to Australia.
Modern day explorers keen to immerse themselves deeper in the wonders of Africa, can join an optional, three-night extension tour to Botswana. Here they will see the rich and varied wildlife of the famed Okavango Delta.
Guests will stay in luxury tents at the all-inclusive Machaba Camp and can join land and water safaris to look for hippopotamus, giraffes, crocodiles, cheetahs, rhinoceros and zebras.
Including return flights from Australia and within Africa and the cruise, the main 26-night Icons of Africa package is available from $12,490 per person, twin-share. The three-night, all-inclusive extension to the Okavango Delta is an additional $4990 per person, twin-share.