Extraordinary South Africa

South Africa: From Maputo to Cape Town 8 Day Expedition Cruise
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Discover South Africa, visiting ports along the Indian Ocean, on this voyage in partnership with Chopra (more details below). Set sail from Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and watch out for rare birds. Visit big game reserves to spot hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. And between safaris, swimming, and sandy beaches, you’ll get to enjoy incredible food and meet welcoming locals, before your amazing voyage ends in Cape Town.

Trip Highlights

Wander past Portuguese colonial and Soviet-style buildings in Maputo
Explore Mozambique’s uninhabited islands and try local specialities
Keep an eye out for rare bird species along the Zululand Birding Route
Take a rickshaw ride along Durban’s wide seafront promenade
Search for white rhinos, cheetahs and elephants in the game parks near Port Elizabeth


Day 1
Mozambique’s capital city Maputo has an intriguing mix of Portuguese colonial and Soviet-style buildings on broad boulevards lined with jacaranda and palm trees. Architectural standouts include the 20th-century domed railway station, painted in green and white. Designed by Pancho Guedes, the Smiling Lion is a distinctive post-modernist apartment block. The historic district of Baixa has a vibrant street scene of cafes, live music and markets.
Portuguese Island
Day 2
An uninhabited isle with a 6-km beach, Portuguese Island in Mozambique is surrounded by sand, blue ocean and green vegetation. Nestled between the African coast and the Indian Ocean, neighbouring Inhaca Island offers a Marine Museum and an old lighthouse, and the local tipple, 'Tipo Tinto' rum, distilled from sugar cane, is available in shops, restaurants and beach bars, offering a taste of tropical delight.
Richards Bay
Day 3
A busy port town with a deep natural harbour, Richards Bay is surrounded by extensive wetlands sheltering diverse birdlife. A hotspot on the Zululand Birding Route, it's a haven for rare species like cuckoo hawks and pygmy geese. The town's large lagoon becomes a cooling spot for hippos and crocodiles. Meanwhile, Alkantstrand Beach offers laid-back charm with long stretches of golden sand and gentle waves.
Day at sea
Day 4
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.
Port Elizabeth
Day 5
On the western edge of Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) is an unassuming city with long stretches of beaches and pockets of Victorian architecture. Pods of frolicking dolphins swim close to shore. Just outside town, Kragga Kragga Game Park is home to roaming white rhinos and cheetahs, while guided game drives at Addo Elephant National Park (about 70 km northeast) offer thrilling encounters with the world’s largest land mammal.
Mossel Bay
Day 6
Set on a hillside, the laid-back seaside town of Mossel Bay was the first place where Europeans made landfall in South Africa in 1488. The area’s history unfolds at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, which contains maritime displays, 19th-century stone cottages and a botanical garden. Nearby, Santos Beach is a wide sandy stretch for swimming and watersports. Southern right whales calve in the bay’s calm waters between July and October.
Day 7
Hermanus, a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, enchants visitors with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant marine life. Within Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a 12 km cliffside pathway provides views of seasonal whale migrations and bustling penguin colonies. The Old Harbour, now a museum, encompasses the history of the old harbour, a fishermen's village and the Whale House Museum. The town's bars and restaurants promote local wines and seafood.
Cape Town
Day 8
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.

Explore & Restore

A well-being voyage, part of the program we have developed in partnership with world-renowned personal transformation pioneer Deepak Chopra. It’s a unique voyage designed to strengthen your inner purpose and help you connect with your true self. The cruise has a range of transformative activities, including sunrise yoga sessions, meditation close to nature, exclusive, expert-led workshops, and a chance to enjoy nourishing, 5-star Ayurveda-inspired meals.