From the mosques and souks of Morocco to the cradle of humanity in South Africa, there’s a plethora of Africa cruise options with something for everyone from ocean to river cruise. Boutique to luxury the choice is yours. .
Discover the dunes and cities of North Africa with sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. Visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, where Tutankhamun’s tomb was unearthed, and see the glittering finds in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on a Mediterranean sailing to the great pyramids of Egypt, also available on luxury river cruises down the iconic River Nile.
Cruising Africa would not be complete without a stay in Cape town for a few days to one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and more in accessible parks and reserves. You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi and other parks, or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks.
While Africa certainly does have some of the most prolific wildlife viewing opportunities and one of the seven summits, there are so many more reasons to visit Africa. The continent teems with unique landscapes, ancient history, geographical wonders and active adventures to boot.
There are plenty of fantastic resorts on the shores of the Red Sea, perfect for those seeking to get away from it all and enjoy the sunshine. Located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh is perhaps the best known Egyptian resort in the area. The clear waters and long stretches of natural beaches make it the perfect getaway and the resort features a range of beautiful five-star hotels and lively nightlife.
Hurghada City has 30 kilometres of coastline and its world renowned coral reefs attract tourists and nature lovers. The Red Sea is home to some incredible wildlife including 200 types of coral 300 species of shark and includes some spectacular recreational diving sites perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.
A Red Sea cruise opens doors to cultural enrichment. Jordan is home to Petra, an ancient city carved into a sandstone cliff. Egypt features a huge range of spectacular ancient sites from the Valley of the Kings to the Pyramids of Giza and cruise excursions offer ample opportunity to learn more about the country.
Marrakech is an intoxicating city known for its souks, spices, snake charmers and hidden palaces, though these days it’s prized as much for it’s trendy art galleries, hip hotels and elegant hammams. Offering a tantalising taste of Africa within easy reach of Europe, it certainly lives up to the hype.