Azamara returning to South Africa in early 2022

Azamara Pursuit to operate six sailings from Cape Town

Azamara will return to South Africa this winter as the country reopens international cruising in South African waters and ports.

Azamara Pursuit will operate six back-to-back voyages from Cape Town from January to March 2022 and will resume pre- and post-cruise land explorations with luxury safari operator, Micato Safaris.

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“A trip to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the kind of travel Azamara is known for, which is why I am so pleased to confirm our guests are now welcome back to South Africa following the reopening of its ports to international cruising,” said Azamara President, Carol Cabezas.

The voyages in South Africa will include 16-late nights and 11-overnights throughout the winter season, as well as five dedicated Country Intensive itineraries.

The itineraries include:

  • 12-night South Africa Golf Voyage | Cape Town roundtrip | Departing 15 January 2022
  • 12-night South African Intensive Voyage | Cape Town roundtrip | Departing 3 and 27 January, 8 and 20 February 2022
  • 21-night Western Africa Voyage | Cape Town to Lisbon | Departing 4 March 2022
Kruger National Park | Credit: Niels Geerits/UnSplash

Highlights of the pre- and post-land programs with Micato include:

Greater Kruger National Park Safari & Winelands (five nights pre-cruise or post-cruise):
Guests will first exploring the Kapama Game Reserve, home to more that 40 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Then, visit the Western Cape, blessed with the perfect climate for making world-class wines, to explore the country’s wine region and sip local vintages from wineries like Vergelegen Estate followed by a gourmet meal from Tokara Restaurant.

Victoria Falls & Chobe Game Park Safari (five nights pre-cruise or post-cruise):
Guests will travel through Zimbabwe to Botswana, visiting Victoria Falls and taking game drives through Botswana’s Chobe National Park to scout out wildlife.

A highlight shore excursion, operated by Abercrombie & Kent’s cruise division, Akorn, will be Experience Thula Thula, one of the oldest private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Guests will join rangers aboard an open-top 4×4 vehicle for a drive through the African bushveld, while watching for elephants, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, birds, and more. The day will end with a delicious buffet featuring local African cuisine.

On board Azamara Pursuit, guests will be treated to a District Six themed Cabaret Show as part of Azamara’s Destination Celebration – a new program that brings the culture and heritage of the destination to life onboard with health and safety in mind. The show will take guests on a journey into the heart of District Six for an evening designed not only to entertain but educate through the popular musical production inspired by the rich history of Cape Town’s oppressive past that tried to destroy its vibrant community and spirit.

See azamara.com for more details on the 2022 South Africa program.

Lead image: Photo by Niels Geerits on Unsplash 

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