Yesterday (27 April) was Freedom Day in South Africa. The event commemorates the first post-Apartheid elections to be held in the country – with 2014 marking 20 years since democratic rule began in 1994.
With this in mind – and to mark the recent passing of Nelson Mandela – we thought it was a great opportunity to explore some of the opportunities available to passengers considering taking a cruise to the country.
And, as more and more celebrities seem to be embarking on their own South African adventures, why not take a look at the burgeoning luxury offering.
We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Cape Town, South Africa to Dakar, Senegal
This 23-day voyage onboard luxury line Silversea is a real African adventure.
Starting off in Cape Town, passengers will get to visit countries like Namibia, Angola, Conga, Sao Tome, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Senegal.
However, given the nature of passenger that will board this cruise, it is undoubtedly an opportunity to embrace a pre-cruise package.
Be quick as room categories on this sailing are selling out fast for this luxury South Africa cruise.
Departs 31 March 2015
South African Holiday
Embarking on the 15-day cruise in Cape Town, Oceania’s Nautica is a great way to explore everything South Africa has to offer. The sailing includes calls at Mossel Bay, Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth as well as a two-night stay in Cape Town.
Enjoy destinations like Mossel Bay which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, has the second mildest climate in the world with 320 sunny days a year.
An ideal sailing for foodies, take in the exquisite cuisine onboard or dine off-shore in some of the best seafood restaurants in the world.
Departs 22 December 2014
46-day African Holiday Exploration
Starting in Barcelona, this ultra-luxury sailing heads south to Gibraltar before reaching Morocco, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Sao Tome, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.
Once in Mzansi guests will pass the Cape of Good Hope, visit Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richards Bay, East London, Mossel Bay and Cape Town.
Truly a voyage of a lifetime and one that offers an unbelievable opportunity to see Africa’s west coast.
Departs 19 November 2014
Indian Ocean Explorer
This voyage from Crystal Cruises is unusual in the sheer amount of distance guests will cover from start to finish across the cruise’s 21-day duration.
Starting in Perth, Australia, Crystal Serenity will sail west, stopping in Mauritius, St. Denis, Madagascar and Mozambique before reaching Richards Bay, South Africa, for a maiden call.
While in Richards Bay guests will get the opportunity to visit Richards Bay Game Reserve and see hippos, crocodiles and 300 species of bird.
From there Crystal will head for Cape Town, calling at Durban on the way and include a day sailing along South Africa’s beautiful coast.
Departs 13 March 2015