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Coastal Treasures of Southwest Africa

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03.25.24-04.04.24
SH Vega
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Board your voyage exploring the west coast of the Southern Region of Africa in Cape Town. Sail from the Atlantic coastline of Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, to the unspoiled coast of Angola, a post-colonial country slowly emerging from the ravages of war. Watch out for flamingos, pelicans, whales and dolphins as you discover exquisite landscapes, with your journey ending in the charming, Portuguese-influenced city of Luanda.

Trip Highlights

Explore the Kolmanskop ghost town in the barren Namib Desert near Luderitz
Spot flamingos and pelicans in their thousands at Pelican Point
Look for the rare (and weird) tree lumbo or Welwitchia mirabilis in Namibe Partial Reserve
Learn more about Angola’s colonial and military history at the Portuguese-built Fortress of São Miguel

Itinerary

Cape Town
Day 1-2
Between mountains and the ocean, Cape Town is a vibrant, multicultural city with a lively waterfront featuring seafood restaurants, shopping and attractions. A cable car transports visitors to distinctive Table Mountain with sweeping views. Boats head to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Nearby Boulders Beach is home to African penguins, and world-class Stellenbosch vineyards offer wine tastings amid Cape Dutch architecture.
Day at sea
Day 3
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
Luderitz
Day 4
Lüderitz, with a unique West African-German culture, graces Namibia's coast on a windswept, rocky hillside beside the bay. Formerly a German colony, the town preserves colonial buildings in German Art Nouveau style, including Goerke Haus mansion and the Felsenkirche Lutheran Church built into the rocks. Beyond town, the desolate Namib Desert extends along the coast, home to Kolmanskop ghost town, wild horses and tales of remarkable survival.
Walvis Bay
Day 5-7
Walvis Bay offers shelter to thousands of flamingos in its natural tidal lagoon and protected wetlands. At the remote Pelican Point sand spit, a Cape fur seal colony hauls out, and marine wildlife like whales and dolphins swim by. Locally caught fish and German dishes are available in the harbour. Optional tours include desert dinners, dune jeep safaris, meeting the locals in Mondesa township, and flights or hot air balloons over the desert.
Day at sea
Day 8
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
Namibe
Day 9
Settled by the Portuguese in the 19th century, this port town is the entrance to the arid Namib desert with large sand dunes. Namibe Partial Reserve is a sanctuary for black rhinos, oryx, elephants, ostrich, wildebeest, mountain zebras and meerkats. One of the world's oldest living plants thrives in this harsh territory: the rare (and weird) tree lumbo or welwitschia mirabilis, each over 2,000 years old and at risk from climate change.
Day at sea
Day 10
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.
Luanda
Day 11
As Angola emerges from colonial rule and a long Civil War, its capital, Luanda, is evolving into a forward-looking city with a rich heritage. Landmarks include Gustave Eiffel's Iron Palace and the 16th-century São Miguel Fortress. Luanda's historic upper town, Cidade Alta, features pink colonial buildings, the Presidential Palace and ministerial houses. Ilha do Cabo shows Luanda's modern side with trendy seaside restaurants and bars.
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Oceanview D4

19 m2
2
Located on Deck 4 of the ship. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.

Oceanview M4

19 m2
2
Located on Deck 4. Light, bright, and crafted from natural materials, Oceanview staterooms feature 2 single beds, a bedroom and living room, and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.

Balcony D5

28 m2
2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the bow and aft, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.

Balcony M5

28 m2
2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the centre of the ship, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.

Balcony D6

28 m2
2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 6, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 panoramic balcony.

Suite

44 m2
2
Located on Deck 5 and 6 at the centre of the ship, our spacious Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are a favorite with discerning guests, and those that prefer a little more space and comfort.

Premium Suite

49 m2
2
Located on Deck 6 at the aft, our Premium Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are the most luxurious accommodation on board. A favorite for those who want nothing but the best.